Why are Christians, as a new Pew report documents, the most persecuted religious group in the world? And why is their persecution occurring primarily throughout the Islamic world? (In the category on "Countries with Very High Government Restrictions on Religion," Pew lists 24 countries-20 of which are Islamic and precisely where the overwhelming majority of "the world's" Christians are actually being persecuted.)
The reason for this ubiquitous phenomenon of Muslim persecution of Christians is threefold:
Christianity is the largest religion in the world. There are Christians practically everywhere around the globe, including in much of the Muslim world. Moreover, because much of the land that Islam seized was originally Christian-including the Middle East and North Africa, the region that is today known as the "Arab world"-Muslims everywhere are still confronted with vestiges of Christianity, for example, in Syria, where many ancient churches and monasteries are currently being destroyed by al-Qaeda linked, U.S. supported "freedom fighters." Similarly, in Egypt, where Alexandria was a major center of ancient Christianity before the 7th century Islamic invasions, there still remain at least 10 million Coptic Christians (though some put the number at much higher). Due to sheer numbers alone, then, indigenous Christians are much more visible and exposed to attack by Muslims than other religious groups throughout the Arab world. Yet as CNS News puts it, "President Obama expressed hope that the 'Arab Spring' would give rise to greater religious freedom in North Africa and the Middle East, which has had the world's highest level of hostility towards religion in every year since 2007, when Pew first began measuring it. However, the study finds that these regions actually experienced the largest increase in religious hostilities in 2012." more >>
I saw an advertisement recently for a series on the History Channel on the Vikings. A viewer's guide blurb reads, "Chronicling the medieval adventures of a band of Norsemen."
"Adventures"? I guess that's one way to put it. They went around killing people, raping women, stealing, and destroying things.
For two centuries the Vikings were the scourge of Europe. But what changed them? Who changed them? It's really one of the great stories in human history. However, in our highly politically correct age of multiculturalism, the truth is often obscured. more >>
What caused three Republican lawmakers in Arizona to sign SB 1062 only to reverse course a few days later and urge Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill?
The controversial religious freedoms bill, which Gov. Brewer ultimately vetoed, was passed along party lines by a vote of 17 (Republicans) to 13 (Democrats), but as the bill received tremendous public opposition, from Apple to the NFL, from Delta Airlines to the NBA, and from Mitt Romney to John McCain, three of those Republicans had a change of heart.
As reported on February 25th, "three state senators, who initially voted in favor of the measure, said in a letter to Republican Governor Jan Brewer that the proposal had been mistakenly approved in haste and had already caused 'immeasurable harm' to Arizona's national image." more >>
Bill Gothard has been placed on administrative leave by board members of his nonprofit organization, Institute for Basic Life Principles, amid an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed several women and young girls.
Billy Boring Jr., one of nine members (including Gothard) on the Institute for Basic Life Principles' board, told World magazine: "After completion of the review the board will respond at an appropriate time, and in a biblical manner."
While the investigation was ongoing, Gothard "will not be involved in the operations of the ministry. The board of directors will be prayerfully appointing interim leadership." more >>
Catholic actress and star of the upcoming movie, "Mom's Night Out," Patricia Heaton has said that the media often falls victim to pejoratively stereotyping Christians, rather than portraying them as real people.
"You know, my older sister is a Dominican nun, and nuns are always portrayed as weird, sexually repressed, old maids who are bitter. Listen, I went to Catholic school, there are a few of those, but the Dominican sisters that I know are lovely, lovely ladies," Heaton told The Blaze. "So I think there has been this idea out there and the media kind of runs with it, portrays Christians as bad guys."
Heaton also suggested that despite Hollywood's "godless" reputation, the entertainment industry she has interacted with has helped her own faith grow. more >>