A group of Christians in Hidalgo State, Mexico, were allegedly threatened by a government official with death after attempting to meet to discuss religious persecution, a watchdog group has said.
The International Christian Concern said that the threats were issued back in April by "Community Delegate" Jesus Dominguez Hernandez, who found out that the Christian community of Chichiltepec village attempted to meet with his office and outline their concerns. Mexican human rights organization Impulso 18 said that during the meeting, Hernandez became "infuriated" and "threatened to kill all of the Christians present."
Christians in the village have reportedly been pressured to renounce their faith, and faced consequences for refusing. more >>
What must it be like to know that your name is on a list of thousands of people to be shot? What is it to know that your family will be hustled off to a concentration camp where few if any will emerge alive? How do you prepare for your country coming under the heel of a ruthless killer supported by all the latest technology?
Those were questions faced by leaders in Britain seventy-five years ago. And leaders then included not just political figures, but prominent people in the Church, in the universities (think of C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers) in business, labor, and the arts.
Winston Churchill had been named Prime Minister on May 10, 1940. Returning in a car from Buckingham Palace, where King George VI had asked him to form a government, Churchill responded to the congratulations of his faithful bodyguard, Walter Thompson of Scotland Yard. "I only hope it's not too late." more >>
Fortunately, the April riots in Baltimore eventually subsided, although the underlying causes no doubt persist. Much of the commentary in reaction, including Christian social witness, emphasized the victimhood of Baltimore's poor, for which ongoing societal atonement is needed.
As one theologian at a United Methodist seminary opined:
The true violence to consider arises from challenges to the dominant culture's grip on power. Such violence can be immediate or drawn out, as in the case of institutional violence, such as the economic forces that foster ghettos – where from the margins, tax money of black neighborhoods is extracted for the benefit of the center, where those privileged by race and class get to enjoy the Inner Harbor. Governments act violently when they maintain social structures that inflict prolonged harm or injury upon a segment of the population usually disenfranchised due to race or economic standing. more >>
A grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham says churches must hold child abusers in their ranks accountable for their actions.
Boz Tchividjian, executive director of the group Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday that "all too often the response of the Christian community is contrary to this beautiful Gospel."
"This is done when the safety and care of abuse victims is sacrificed in order to protect the reputations of individuals and institutions," said Tchividjian. more >>
Wheaton College, the prominent Evangelical alma mater of former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Sunday that it had removed his name from a center named after him since his scandalous indictment for illegally transferring funds to dodge the IRS and lying to the FBI.
Reports surfaced last week alleging that Hastert had sexually molested a male victim to whom he recently paid hush money in violation of federal banking laws, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the case.
The 73-year-old Wheaton graduate was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury that charged that he had violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to someone to cover up "past misconduct." more >>
An Oklahoma state trooper fatally shot a man, identified as an assistant pastor of a church, after being allegedly attacked while trying to get him and his brother out of high water that was quickly rising. The pastor's wife disputes the police version of the incident.
Capt. Paul Timmons of Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Saturday evening that Tulsa resident Nehemiah Fischer was killed in the area of Hectorville Road and Bixby Road after a scuffle with two troopers on Friday night, according to Tulsa World.