Judge Dismisses Covington Teen’s $250M Lawsuit Against Washington Post

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Judge Dismisses Covington Teen’s $250M Lawsuit Against Washington Post

Breitbart reports in a 27 July 2019 article how a judge has ruled in favor of the Washington Post and Jeff Bezos (owner of the Washington Post and Amazon).

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A federal judge dismissed a $250 million defamation suit Friday, which Covington student Nicholas Sandmann filed against the Washington Post.

Judge William O. Bertelsman, whom President Jimmy Carter appointed to the bench, ruled that the seven Post articles and three tweets about the 17-year-old could be defined as opinion protected by the First Amendment:

The lawsuit accused the Washington Post of libelous coverage, saying the outlet should pay $250 million in damages for publishing “a series of false and defamatory print and online articles” about Sandmann.

But the judge ruled that the articles mentioning Sandmann must be “more than annoying, offensive or embarrassing” to be considered defamation.

“Few principles of law are as well-established as the rule that statements of opinion are not actionable in libel actions,” Bertelsman wrote in court documents.

Bertelsman also noted that the Post had a right to slant its coverage on the story from Philips’ perspective, adding that Sandmann’s defamatory claims were focused on the students as a whole.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This proves the 1980’s pitch line provided by American Express: “Membership has its privileges.”

At least for the swamp-dwelling, insiders with multiple billions to contribute to the political sphere, it does. Or do you think that this federal judge (ideological brother to Jimmy Carter) seems to prove this.

Five stories on the alliance between high-tech companies and liberals

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  1. Ted Cruz Exposes How Google Swung Millions Of Votes Toward Hillary In 2016

In a 18 July 2019 Freedom Outpost blog post (but, curiously, no mainstream newspaper article), the testimony of a Google expert before Senator Ted Cruz showed how Google shifted somewhere between 2 and 10 million votes to Hillary Clinton.

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Dr. Robert Epstein, who researches the impact of Google, explained at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that “upwards of 15 million votes” were in jeopardy in the 2020 election.

He also told Senator Ted Cruz that in 2016, Google gave at least 2.6 million votes to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, “through bias and search results.” He stressed that was the lowest number.

“The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others. They control these and no one can counteract them. These are not competitive. These are tools that they have at their disposal exclusively.”

Senator Ted Cruz shocked by this responded: “If any headline comes out of this hearing, that should be it.”

(Read more at Freedom Outpost)

Pushing votes by influencing searches. We should have seen the handwriting on the wall when reports of the Google employees’ biases.

During the 2016 election, Google was active in getting out the vote in minority communities that historically voted Democratic. In 2020, all stops will likely be removed unless we dismantle the tech giants (much in the mold of how we cut up AT&T into the Baby Bells).

  1. Google Blacklists Free Speech Platform Gab’s Latest App

Breitbart reports in a 20 July 2019 article how Google blacklisted Gab and does not allow the app to be distributed.

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Tech giant Google has blacklisted the free-speech focused social media app Gab from the Google Play Store, joining Apple in banning Gab users from accessing the platform using Gab-branded smartphone apps.

Silicon Valley tech giant Google has reportedly banned the free-speech focused social media platform Gab from the Google Play Store. According to a screenshot posted by Gab to Twitter, Google banned the app from the store for “Violation of User Generated Content (UGC) Policy.” Essentially, it appears that Gabs refusal to censor users’ content is what resulted in the app being removed from the store.

The tweet posted by Gab can be seen below, along with a number of links to similar apps that are still active in the Play Store and work with Gab’s servers. Because Gab shifted its platform to a decentralized and open-source architecture, it can be accessed by other apps still available on both Android and Apple smartphones, some with nearly identical code to the blacklisted Gab app.


(Read more at Breitbart)

Considering the size of Google and Gab, this isn’t a David and Goliath story. This is a tale of the boy, the magnifying glass, and the ant.

Too bad that only the ant has any regard for our free speech rights.

However, 2019 wasn’t the first year that Google pulled the market censorship of limiting the availability of Gab.

Still, I encourage everyone to go around that Apple Store and Google Play Store and get free speech apps like Parler and Gab.

  1. The following video shows both Dennis Prager and Google VP testifying before the U.S. Senate on Tech Censorship

The meeting began with the some of the following words from Senator Ted Cruz:

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This past April, this subcommittee held a hearing on social media bias with witnesses from Facebook and Twitter. As I noted then, any inquiry into big tech censorship practices must take an especially hard look at Google. That’s what we’re doing here today.

Google’s control over what people hear, watch, read, and say is undprecedneted. Almost 90% of Internet searches in the United States use Google. Google’s domination of the search engine market is so complete that “to Google” is now a commonplace verb.

With that market power, Google can (and often does) control our discourse.

Sometimes, tech companies talk about their products and the effects of those products as though they are forces outside of Big Tech’s control. As we’ve heard, time and time again, Big Tech’s favorite defense is “It wasn’t me. The algorithm did it.”

But Google’s search engine isn’t some supernatural force. It’s a computer program written and maintained by people. So every time we search on Google, we see only the web pages that Google decides we should see in the order Google decides we should see them.

Type a few letters into the search bar and Google will tell you what you should be looking for.

The same is true of Google’s subsidiary, YouTube (the second-most visited web page in existence). When you search on YouTube, programs written by people at YouTube provide you with the results. When you watch a video, a program written by the people at YouTube suggests what you should watch next. When you submit a video, people at YouTube determine whether you’ve engaged in so-called “Hate Speech” (an ever-changing and vague standard meant to give censorship an air of legitimacy).

This is a staggering amount of power: to ban speech, to manipulate search results, to destroy rivals, and to shape culture.

More and more, Americans are demanding accountability from Big Tech for that massive power. One thing is certain: Congress never intended to empower large technology companies to control our speech when it passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That provision, Section 230, gave tech companies special priviliges that nobody else gets. If the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal were to publish an op-ed that libeled a private citizen, they can be held responsible. This is the case even when those organizations don’t write the content that breaks the law. They can be held responsible merel for publishing it. Not so for companies like Google and YouTube. If someone uses one of those services to commit slander or to transmit classified material or to traffic guns or drugs, far too often, Google is off the hook. Section 230 makes it immune.

Big Tech gets a perk — a subsidy — that no one else does (not Fox News, MSNBC, or anybody else).

This immunity, however, was part of a deal. It was a trade. Section 230, the text of it, refers to the Internet as “a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.” That was the trade at the heart of Section 230. This is because we expected tech companies, in the business of carrying other’s speech, wouldn’t favor any side when they did so. There wouldn’t be a conservative Internet and a liberal Internet. There would just be the Internet.

That bargin, today, is falling apart. Big Tech continues to reap the benefits of this Section 230 subsidy, but the American people do not. The American people are instead subject to both overt censorship and covert manipulation. I think it’s time to re-think that deal.

At 1:42:57, Dennis Prager makes the following tongue-in-cheek comment regarding Google’s having restricted his video on the 10 Commandments.

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Google mentioned that a reason that it would be on the restricted list was that it contains mentions of “murder.” So I was thinking. I have a solution that I think will appeal to Google. I will re-release it as the “Nine Commandments.” That should solve the problem of including “murder” in my discussion of the Ten Commandments.

And, as regards to the swastika, yes, there is a swastika. It is, again, in the commandment of “do not murder” wherein I show that murder has sometimes been acceptable to some people. There are people who believe murder is all right even today. I use the swastika and the hammer and sickle as two examples. I would think that you would want young people to associate the swastika with evil. That was why I had a swastika.

During the presentation by Dennis Prager, he mentions (near 1:47:55) that 56 of the 320 five-minute videos are restricted by Google. This is insane, because the subject-matter experts who present themselves through these videos include notable people in their field like the late Charles Krauthammer, a great journalist. This censorship has to end.

  1. Tom Cotton Grills Facebook on Financial Blacklisting, ‘Libra’ Currency

In s 16 July 2019 article by Breitbart, questions were raised about the possibility of financial blacklisting that might start to accompany the current evidence of censorship.

During a recent hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) grilled a representative from Facebook about online censorship, financial blacklisting, and its Libra currency. He questioned what the progressive tech giant would do when a consumer wished to use Libra to subscribe to Breitbart News as opposed to a left-wing publication.

During a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Tom Cotton grilled Facebook executive David Marcus over the company’s new Libra cryptocurrency and how it could be used as a tool for censorship. Cotton noted that Silicon Valley, in general, tends to lean to the left and questioned how conservatives can ensure that their rights are protected when using Facebook’s new currency.

Cotton addressed Marcus stating: “Mr. Marcus, thank you for your appearance and your testimony. Your CEO in testimony before Congress referred to Silicon Valley as, “an extremely left-wing place.” That’s why so many center-right voices have concerns about censorship on platforms like Facebook but also Twitter, Google and so forth. I worry about the possibility that a digital wallet and digital currency like Libra could extend that into the payment system.”

He continued: “There is reason to worry about that because Democrat members of this committee have made it a habit of contacting major financial institutions and encouraging them not to do business with say, gun-manufacturers or with government contractors who serve ICE or the Customs and Border Patrol. What safe-guards, if any, will Libra have to ensure that you treat on par people with views that may be disfavored in an extremely left-wing place like Silicon Valley?”

Marcus responded by stating: “I appreciate your question Senator, and you’re right that Silicon Valley tends to have a bias, but I want to reaffirm that Facebook is a technology company where ideas across the political spectrum are welcome and treated equally. And as far as Libra and the Libra wallet is concerned, we wanted to ensure that people, as long as they have a legitimate use of the product, can do what they want with their money. Of course, there are some restrictions and regulated products, but my commitment to you is we will be thoughtful in writing those policies, and we will be happy to follow up with you when we get closer to finalizing those policies.”

Cotton argued that Facebook’s promise doesn’t seem like much of a guarantee stating: “So that doesn’t sound like much safe-guard to me, other than a commitment before you come into pressure from Democrats—and just wait until tomorrow when you go before the House Financial Services Committee. If you think the Democrats in this committee have hounded banks, wait until you see what you’re in for over there.”

Cotton then pointed out that Facebook, which already has a history of censorship against conservatives, will face pressure to financially blacklist conservative organizations like Christian bakers and Breitbart News when consumers want to use the Libra currency with such organizations.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Let’s see. If a company has a record of favoring one side of a debate between liberal and conservative ideas, then should we expect the same favoritism for liberal causes (and the same punishment of conservative works)? Chances are that these liberal big-tech powers will get more powerful if we don’t break them up. Likewise, they will get exponentially more powerful if we start attaching them to a source of money.

Please note that, if you are a conservative, do not take the chance of eating or drinking while you listen to this video. If you do, you will gag when you hear the representative from Facebook claim that Facebook is a company where “ideas across the political spectrum are welcome and treated equally.” (That would be news to the pro-life groups who sought to advertise in Ireland and had their ads blocked by Facebook — an item bragged about by Mark Zuckerberg.) Likewise, that would be news to the many conservatives who have had their content blocked by Facebook.

  1. Google VP Denies ‘Blacklists’ of Search Results After Leaks Showing Their Existence

Breitbart reports in a 16 July 2019 article how, much like a kid with his or her hand in the cookie jar, Google seems to deny the obvious censorship and blacklisting (even when the evidence is on video).

A representative from Google denied to Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that the company operates search blacklists during a Senate hearing today, despite the fact that leaked emails published by Breitbart News have exposed the tech giant for doing exactly that.

In response to a line of questioning from Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Google VP for government affairs and public policy Karan Bhatia denied that the company, which also owns YouTube, uses blacklists.

“We don’t use blacklists [or] whitelists to influence our search results,” said Bhatia.

A few seconds later, he reiterated his response.

“As I said, per your previous question, we do not utilize blacklists or whitelists in our search results to favor political outcomes … that’s not — doesn’t happen.”

Yet just a few months ago, in January, Breitbart News published internal discussions from Google proving that YouTube, the video hosting platform owned and operated by Google, maintains a file called “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist.” When a search term is added to the file, it causes the top search results on YouTube to be restricted to pre-approved “authoritative” videos, usually from left-leaning and mainstream media outlets.

According to the discussion published by Breitbart News, blacklisting isn’t an uncommon activity at Google:

In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

“We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

Employees at the company have added all manner of politically charged search terms to the list, including “abortion,” “David Hogg,” and “Maxine Waters.” Project Veritas also revealed that Google added over a hundred search terms related to the referendum to decriminalize abortion in Ireland, shortly before the vote.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Well, after reading these past five articles, who can disbelieve the censorship of Google?

Fifteen stories on the problems faced by Christians outside of America

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  1. A warning from Canada over who loses with ‘equality’

The work of OneNewsNow reveals in a 14 June 2019 article how Christians in Canada have lost liberty as “equality” laws have been enacted.

A native Canadian who has witnessed his country’s leftward turn over time is warning about First Amendment freedoms in the United States if the Equality Act ever becomes a federal law.

Dr. Charles McVety, who leads Canada Christian College, tells OneNewsNow that the U.S. Senate and President Trump must stop the Equality Act after its passage in the Democratic-led House.

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In March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the Equality Act with unanimous support from fellow Democrats and some support from a few Republican lawmakers. The measure passed 236-173 in May and set up a fight in the GOP-controlled Senate.

McVety tells OneNewsNow his country passed a similar national law in 2010, which added sexual orientation and gender identity to Canada’s federal hate crimes law.

Days before the U.S. House passed the controversial bill, OneNewsNow reported how Democrats and LGBT allies were claiming the Equality Act seeks to end employment and housing discrimination. But missing from the floor speeches and press releases was the issue of women and girls forced to shower and undress with transgender women — biological men. That concern, in fact, led to some feminists to publicly oppose the measure.

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Also missing from Democrats’ talking points was the legal issue of Colorado baker Jack Phillips (pictured at right), and other Christian business owners, whose orthodox views about marriage and sexuality are clashing with state-level non-discrimination laws that mirror the federal Equality Act.

Phillips, who won a narrow Supreme Court victory, is now fighting the demands of a transgender attorney who is harassing the bakery business with requests for a “gender transition” cake, a second cake with a Pentagram, and a third cake with graphic, obscene decorations.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Although this bill contains “poison pills” that stop President Trump from signing it, every Democrat in the 2020 race for the presidency came out in support of the Equality Act prior to the first debate. Additionally, eight Republicans [Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) Will Hurd (Texas), John Katko (N.Y.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), and Greg Walden (Ore.)] offered their support to the act.

  1. Is Genocide Imminent? Christians Facing Violence, & Desperate to See God’s Spirit Move

The following Christian Broadcasting Network video (published on 31 May 2019) details the battles subjecting defenseless Christians to the cruelties of Boko Haram.

Whether the textbook definition for genocide has been reached in Nigeria, it is definite that oppression of Christians is occurring in nations where Islam has taken a foothold.

  1. David Mackereth: Christian doctor ‘sacked over trans beliefs’

Through a 9 July 2019 British Broadcasting Corporation article, we are told the tale of Dr David Mackereth (who lost his job due to his Christian beliefs).

A doctor has claimed he was sacked because his Christian beliefs stopped him addressing transgender claimants by pronouns relating to their chosen sex.

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Disability assessor Dr David Mackereth said he wanted “the right to practise medicine as a Christian doctor”.

He claims the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) breached the Equality Act and his right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The DWP said it could not comment due to an ongoing employment tribunal.

Speaking outside the tribunal in Birmingham, Dr Mackereth, 56, said: “Last year I was training to do medical assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions and because of my Christian convictions I felt I couldn’t use pronouns – the words ‘he’ and ‘she’ – in an arbitrary manner.

“I said that in good conscience I couldn’t do that. The Department for Work and Pensions took some time to think about it and decided then that I wasn’t fit to do the job because of, I would say, my Christian convictions.

“So I am coming to court today because I want the right to practise medicine as a Christian doctor in the way that I always have.”

Dr Mackereth, from Dudley, whose case is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, said he believed “we have to show compassion to all our patients whatever their background”.

But he said he hoped the court would see he could not be forced to use language “that I consider to be dishonest and against my Christian faith”.

(Read more at the British Broadcasting Corporation)

A warning about the extremist threat of today

First they came for the photographers, and I did not speak out — because I was not a photographer.
Then they came for the bakers, and I did not speak out — because I was not a baker.
Then they came for the County Clerks, and I di not speak out — because I was not a County Clerk.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

A warning about the extremist threat of 1930’s Germany

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I di not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller

  1. Human Traffickers, Corrupt Clergy Target Pakistani Christian Girls For Chinese Grooms

In a 7 May 2019 article, the Daily Caller explains the predicament of Pakistani Christian girls who have been trapped by corrupt clergy and Chinese grooms.

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Human traffickers are paying corrupt clergy to lure impoverished Christian girls from Pakistan to China in order to sell them into marriages with older Chinese men, human rights groups said.

Pastors, Pakistani government officials, and brides who escaped their Chinese husbands said “marriage brokers” began targeting girls from poor Christian families in Pakistan in late 2018 in response to a mounting demand for foreign brides in China, according to The Associated Press.

Traffickers have sold up to 1,000 Pakistani girls into sexual slavery thinly veiled as marriage since October of 2018, aided by what activists claim is the apathy of immigration officials and the greed of corrupt priests.

“This is human smuggling,” Ijaz Alam Augustine, human rights and minorities minister for the Punjab province of Pakistan, told the AP. “Greed is really responsible for these marriages … I have met with some of these girls and they are very poor.”

Human traffickers have enlisted the help of corrupt clerics who offer poor Christian families thousands of dollars in exchange for allowing their daughters to be sold into marriage to Chinese men who, they are told, are wealthy converts to Christianity. The lure is especially enticing to Pakistani Christian families, as Christians in Pakistan have little political support and are among the poorest people in the country.

Pakistani custom holds that a bride’s family must pay a dowry to the groom. The husband and his family will often mistreat the bride if her family is unable to pay what they believe to be an adequate dowry. Daughters, therefore, are often seen as burdens to Pakistani families, especially those in poverty. The offer from a rich, Christian, foreign national to pay for all wedding expenses, along with the recommendation of a local priest or pastor, appears too promising for poor Pakistani Christian families to deny.

Muqadas Ashraf, who said she was 16 years old when her family sold her into marriage, said the offers aren’t true.

“It is all fraud and cheating. All the promises they make are fake,” Muqadas told the AP.

Her mother, Nasreen, said she has yet to see a penny of the approximately $5,000 she was offered to allow Muqadas to be married to a Chinese groom.

Local Christian activist and journalist Saleem Iqbal claimed human traffickers have sold an estimated 750 to 1,000 Pakistani girls into marriages with older, often abusive Chinese grooms since October 2018. Iqbal also runs a refuge that provides shelter to brides who escape their Chinese grooms.

Augustine and Munch Morris, a pastor in the city of Gujranwala, claimed dozens of pastors and priests work with marriage brokers who pay them to find brides for Chinese grooms. Morris reportedly knows of a group of such pastors in his city, one of whom is a pastor at his own church who tells the faithful “God is happy because these Chinese boys convert to Christianity. They are helping the poor Christian girls.”

Morris, however, denounced the practice.

(Read more at Daily Caller)

(Emphasis through bolding is mine.)

With all of the emphasis on the #MeToo movement, you would think that there would be at lease a story or two in the mainstream media about the predicament of these poor girls. However, like the girls getting sold into prostitution in the human trafficking trade at the American southern border, these girls do not fit the liberal narrative.

  1. After Attacks On Assyrians, Northern Iraq’s Christian Minority Recommits To A Homeland

The Daily Caller reports in a 16 May 2019 article how attacks on Assyrians motivated Northern Iraqi Christians to recommit to their homeland.

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Christians in Iraq continue to be exposed to violent attacks and oppression at the hands of various armed groups.

On May 13, assailants broke into an Assyrian Christian home and attacked two elderly women, a mother and daughter, in the Iraqi town of Bartella. The women were repeatedly stabbed with a knife and their gold and money were stolen. The two victims were then hospitalized in Mosul. The daughter, who sustained a violent head injury, remains in critical condition.

Two men who were arrested for the crime are from Shabak, a Shia group that is supported by Iran alongside the Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militia, reported the human rights organization, International Christian Concern (ICC).

Bartella is a town in the Nineveh plain in Iraq, the ancient Assyrian heartland, where Assyrian Christians still constitute a demographic majority and have for years sought autonomy or self-governance. However, since the defeat of ISIS, Bartella has been occupied by the Brigade 30 militia under the Hashd al-Shaabi. And the number of Shia Shabak people is increasing in the southern towns of Nineveh.

Susan Patto, an Assyrian living in Baghdad, told the Daily Caller, “the attack on those elderly women is not just a crime of theft; it’s a message to Assyrians that you are not safe in your homes and towns.”

“The fragile security situation in Nineveh Plain, where different sides control security, and most of them are not even people of that area, is creating more problems, and also increasing the fear of people to go back to their towns,” Patto added.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

What choice do they have? Did Barry Obama open the doors and bring thousands of Christians (no) or many more Muslims into Minnesota? Did they have the choice of going to refugee camps where ISIS sympathizers made life impossible?

  1. Harper’s Exposes ‘Vanishing’ Christians in Middle East

Breitbart echoes news from Harper’s in a 12 June 2018 article that Christians are vanishing from the Middle East.

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Harper’s magazine has devoted its December cover story to shining a spotlight on the persecution of Christians, especially the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

“In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State occupied Christian cities and villages across northern Iraq, appropriated Christian homes, and destroyed farms of Christian families,” reports the second oldest magazine in the United States, founded in 1850.

When Islamic State commanders separated men from women and imposed jizyah, or extortion taxes, their purpose was extreme: they meant to subjugate the Christians or drive them away from the land,” states Janine di Giovanni in her essay.

The report, titled “The Vanishing: The plight of Christians in an age of intolerance,” chronicles the systematic elimination of Christians from the Middle East, as wave after wave of persecution has sent them from their homes.

In Mosul, for example, Iraq’s second-largest city, more than one hundred thousand Christians have been displaced from their homes, Harper’s notes. Soldiers from the Islamic State went from house to house, “marking the doors of Christians with the letter n, an ancient reference to Nasrani, or followers of Jesus of Nazareth” in an effort to intimidate those who remained.

And while over the centuries Middle Eastern Christians have endured “invasions by Persians, Kurds, and Turks,” they have recovered after each persecution, but this time may be different. “We’re worried,” says a 30-year-old local Christian. “Even with ISIS gone, there’s another big threat: there is no work for us. Our enemy is emigration. People are leaving every day.”

The majority of Iraqi Christians are ethnic Assyrians, who belong to the Catholic Chaldean denomination and whose roots in the region go back two thousand years, the essay notes. Some claim that “they can connect their family trees with the apostle Thomas, who came to Mesopotamia to evangelize during the first century.”

While the persecution of Christians in the region began as early as the thirteenth century, the article states, “in recent years it has reached a tipping point, setting off a mass exodus.” In 2002, there were some 1.4 million Christians in Iraq yet today the number has plummeted to between 250,000 and 300,000, a drop of a stunning 80 percent.

When the Islamic State captured Mosul in 2014, “Christians were told to leave or die,” the article states. And as the head of political and military affairs for the Assyrian Democratic Movement said at the time: “It’s a cleansing of all Christians from the region.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

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I don’t know how we might help the Christians in the region without stepping into the role of police of the world. While we cannot be police of the world, we can direct funds to relief groups like the Free Burma Rangers and we can pray.

With the help of groups like the Free Burma Rangers, civilian lives have been saved from the crossfire created when ISIS retreated from Russian and Syrian advances.

  1. Report: Christian Persecution in India Jumps by 57% in 2019

Breitbart reports in a 20 March 2019 article that Christian persecution has jumped in India by 57% in 2019.

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Hate crimes and targeted violence against Christians in India during the first two months of 2019 showed a jump of 57 percent over the same period in 2018, a new report revealed.

During January and February, 77 incidents of “hate and targeted violence against Christians” were documented in India as compared with the 49 cases recorded during the same period last year, according to the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

The EFI report said that the official figures are invariably low, because most cases of persecution go unreported, either because the victim and witnesses are too frightened to speak out, or because the police ignore the harassment and fail to file mandatory First Information Reports.

The sharp rise in Christian persecution for 2019 had already been forecast by Release International, a U.K.-based charity that helps persecuted Christians around the world, which warned in early January that persecution against Christians would rise this year, particularly in a few key nations, including India.

“These are countries that have long been on the list but we’re seeing an upwards curve, an alarming rise in persecution,” said Andrew Boyd, spokesman for Release International, underscoring India’s “militant Hinduism.”

The acts of persecution and harassment in January and February include the murders of two Christians last month, one in Odisha state and the other in Chhattisgarh state. The Christians — one of whom was a convert — were killed by Maoist rebels, known as Naxalites, after villagers hostile to the Christian faith falsely reported them to the rebels as police informants.

“We have reasons to believe that both men, who were in their 40s, were killed because of their faith,” said the Rev. Vijayesh Lal, general secretary of the EFI. “We have recorded cases where Christians have been facing social boycott and have been excommunicated from their villages, and in a few instances have had to flee to save their lives.”

Other cases of harassment involved abuse by law enforcement officials.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Sad to hear this, but it can be expected when the dominant religion of Hinduism finds itself physically battling extreme Islam along with extreme Hindu groups seeking the purity of their own positions.

We must pray for Christians whose tradition may date back to Thomas the Apostle and his purported trip to Kerala.

  1. Pastor charged in Toronto, Canada confrontation released on bail, cannot attend Pride

A 5 June 2019 article published by CP24 News centers on the case of Canadian pastor David Lynn who was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.

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A pastor who was charged with disturbing the peace while preaching with a loudspeaker in the Church-Wellesley Village on Tuesday night is out on bail, and says he is the victim of state discrimination against Christians.

Police responded to a call about a disturbance in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Video posted online shows pastor David Lynn speaking into a microphone at Church and Wellesley streets and saying that he is “coming out as a Christian.”

Through nearly two hours of footage, Lynn is seen saying that he doesn’t hate anyone, that some people hate Christians and that some people want him to “stay in the closet” as a Christian.

He begins approaching various people to ask if they would tolerate him. When one man asks him to go away, Lynn calls him a bigot.

When others approach to tell Lynn that he is disturbing them, he calls them “hateful.”

After more community members arrived, Lynn was seen arguing with them and his supporters, before police eventually arrested Lynn.

After his release, the 39-year-old pastor said being at Church and Wellesley was just another stop on his map of Toronto, and he and his supporters had been at Kensington Market and Queen and Sherbourne earlier.

“I didn’t know this was the start of the pride month…I didn’t say anything specific to the LGBTQ community, it’s all on live stream,” he told reporters at College Park.

He said he feels as if he is being discriminated against for being Christian.

“It’s unfortunate that I am subject to this kind of discrimination and bullying and marginalization simply for saying God loves you, there is hope for you, I accept you and tolerate you. I shouldn’t be in this position, I didn’t do anything illegal.”

He said that he was assaulted during the encounter Tuesday but police at the scene refused to hear his complaint.

“It looked as though they had an event waiting for me, and they had some form of hatred against me,” Lynn said.

(Read more at CP24 News)

It seems that this pastor took the reasoning of the LGBTQ crowd and applied it to himself. Rather than seeing this as a point of common suffering, the LGBTQ crowd took this as a message they did not want to hear.

Now the crowd that has often complained about being arrested for doing nothing but being LGBTQ decided to have the Christian arrested for being himself and exercising the degree of free speech allowed to Canadians. However, all it got him was arrested.

  1. London Police Change Their Story on Arrest of Christian Street Preacher

Breitbart reports in a 10 March 2019 article how the London police have changed their story on the arrest of a Christian street preacher.

The Met Police have changed their narrative on the arrest of a Christian street preacher last month after an investigation was launched into their conduct.

While police originally claimed they had walked the preacher some 200 meters away and then let him go, they now admit that they drove him away in a car, dropping him off several miles away.

“As the man indicated that he wished to continue his activities at Southgate tube station, officers felt it necessary to take the man some distance from the station in order to prevent a breach of the peace at that location,” police stated.

On February 23rd, police arrested Oluwole Ilesanmi, a Pentecostal Christian who was preaching outside the Southgate underground station, handcuffing him and confiscating his Bible. They later let the man go without charging him for any crime.

Mr Ilesanmi claimed he was driven to an unfamiliar place far away and left without money to get home, a claim the police originally denied.

(Read more at Breitbart)

How is it that this street preacher gets taken in while Muslim preachers roam without obstruction by the police?

  1. Muslim Militants Burn Alive Christian Pastor and His Family in Nigeria

Breitbart tells us in a 30 August 2018 article how a Christian pastor and his family were burned alive in Nigeria.

Fulani Muslim militants launched raids on eight villages in central Nigeria this week, burning alive a Christian pastor along with his wife and three of their children.

In the village of Abonong in Plateau State, the Islamic raiders, armed with machetes and AK47 rifles, looted and destroyed 95 houses, along with farmland and three churches. They killed Pastor Adamu Gyang Wurim and his family by setting fire to their house while they were inside and shot the pastor’s wife in the bathroom. The assailants killed two other villagers as well, wounding several others.

The attack, which began Tuesday evening around 8:00 p.m., lasted over four hours before security personnel finally arrived on the scene. By then the attackers had razed much of the villages of Abonong and Ziyat, and stolen valuables including electronics, mattresses, food, and livestock.

The incident occurred just 24 hours after a two-day peace summit in Jos organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria with the theme, “Sustainable peace and security in Northern Nigeria as a panacea for development.”

A local lawyer, Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, spoke with one of the three surviving children of the pastor, who was away at the University of Jos at the time of the attack and learned of it on Facebook.

“When I called a friend to find out about the situation, the report I received was very devastating,” the young man said. “I couldn’t believe that all my family members have been engulfed in the pogrom. On reaching home, I saw my daddy and younger ones burnt beyond recognition.”

“The three of us left don’t know what to do, especially now that we are still students who have nothing to hold on [to],” he said.

One witness, Mr. Gwom Pam Dusu, who works at a Roman Catholic Church in the area, said that local security had received information about an impending attack planned by Fulani herdsmen and their hired mercenaries but failed to act.

Despite the information, “security personnel stationed at Bek of Foron District didn’t do anything to avert the terror attacks,” Mr. Gwom claimed.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Why haven’t we heard one word of this in the mainstream press? Why were we subjected to two weeks of stories about those murdered by one madman in New Zealand and have not heard of the tens of thousands murdered by Muslims in Nigeria?

  1. ‘National Disgrace’ – UK Home Office Rejects Syrian Christians, Refugee Intake 100 Percent Muslim

Breitbart reports in a 29 July 2018 article that the United Kingdom rejected Syrian Christians and that all its refugees were 100% Muslim.

The British government has admitted that no Christians were taken among the Syrian refugees flown into Britain recently, with the Home Office rejected the handful of non-Muslims selected for resettlement by the United Nations.

Despite the persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria having been declared genocide by the U.S., the European Union (EU) and even British MPs themselves in a 2016 parliamentary vote, the 1,112 Syrians that Britain resettled in the first three months of 2018 consisted only of Muslims.

The Barnabas Fund, an aid agency which supports Christians persecuted for their faith, obtained the figures via Freedom of Information requests after “a protracted tussle with the Home Office”, The Sunday Times reports.

According to the data, 1,226 (90 percent) of the 1,358 individuals recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for resettlement in the United Kingdom during the first three months of this year were Sunni Muslims, who comprise around 65 per cent of Syrians.

While Christians are estimated to make up just over 10 per cent of the country’s population, only four — none of whom were approved by the Home Office for resettlement — were among refugees recommended by the UN, along with one atheist and 127 (9.5 per cent) people from Shi’ite and other non-Sunni strands of Islam.

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The campaign group, which last year accused the UNHCR of unfairly prioritising Sunni Muslims over persecuted minorities when recommending refugees for resettlement in the West, stressed it was not requesting special treatment for Christians but for people to be selected “on the basis of vulnerability”.

Martin Parsons, head of research at the Barnabas Fund head of research, said the charity believes a “cultural problem” lies behind the scarcity of Christians among refugees recommended for resettlement, pointing to UN criteria which counts disability and sexual orientation as markers of vulnerability, but not the targeting of people for their religious faith.

“If someone is gay, the penalty under sharia is death, but if someone converts from Islam to Christianity, the penalty is also death,” he told the Sunday Times, adding that last week’s deadly attack in Sweida illustrated that religious minorities are still very much a target for Islamic militants.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Considering the decline of Christianity in the United Kingdom along with the invasion of Islamic powers, what do you expect?

  1. 30 Pentecostal Christians Jailed for Praying in Northeast African Country

A 10 June 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network points out how 30 Pentecostals have been jailed for praying.

The northeastern African nation of Eritrea is continuing its tradition of persecuting any type of Christianity not authorized by the state.

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Recently more than 30 Pentecostal Christians were arrested by the country’s security forces for praying.

The religious rights group Berhane Asmelash of Release Eritrea told the BBC the Christians were arrested at three different locations around the capital city of Asmara.

Eritrea’s government outlawed all Pentecostal churches 17 years ago and only recognizes four faith groups, including Orthodox Christianity, Sunni Islam, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Eritrea.

Authorities say other religious groups are illegal because they are alleged to be instruments of foreign governments.

One recent report reveals government authorities are even conducting raids targeting citizens in their own homes.

“Police officers carry out continuous raids in private homes where devotees of unrecognized religions, especially Pentecostal Christians, meet for community prayer,” the report said. “They are released only if they disavow their faith.”

There is also increasing friction between the church and the government. The government demands complete control of all religious organizations including private schools, medical clinics, and orphanages, according to the report. The government then interferes in the organizations’ efforts to help the country’s people of which 66 percent live below the poverty line.

A few weeks ago, police arrested 141 Christians, including 23 men, 104 women, and 14 minors, from Asmara’s Mai Temenai area.

Eritrea, located on Africa’s Red Sea coast, is known by persecution watch organizations as the “North Korea of Africa” for its brutal regime led by President Isaias Afwerki.

(Read more at Christian Broadcasting Network)

Hopefully, these Christians have moved to an country that welcomes Christians a little more.

  1. Report: 75% of Victims of Religious Persecution Are Christians

A 16 October 2017 Breitbart article pointed out that a study found 75% of cases of religious persecution worldwide went against Christians.

A grim new report on Christian persecution around the globe suggests that rather than improving, the situation of Christians worldwide is worsening, a fact whitewashed by mainstream media.

“Christians are the victims of at least 75 percent of all religiously-motivated violence and oppression,” declares the 2015-2017 report from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), and moreover “the extent of this persecution is largely ignored by our media.”

In their report titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?”, ACN noted that in Iraq more than half of the country’s Christian population have become internal refugees, while in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Christian population has fallen by more than 75 percent. Up until 2011 Aleppo was home to the largest Christian community but in just 6 years numbers have dropped from 150,000 to just over 35,000.

“In terms of the number of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history,” said John Pontifex, the Report’s editor.

In the 13 countries where Christians suffer the most intense persecution, the situation has worsened in all but one—Saudi Arabia—in the last two years, and conditions there have stayed the same.

“In almost all the countries reviewed,” the report reads, “the oppression and violence against Christians have increased since 2015 – a development especially significant given the rate of decline in the immediate run-up to the reporting period.”

In communist North Korea, for example, Christians have undergone “unspeakable atrocities,” the report states, “including extra-judicial killings, forced labour, torture, persecution, starvation, rape, forced abortion and sexual violence.”

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, documented incidents against Christians include “being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot.” One estimate suggests that three quarters of Christians in the camps die from the harsh punishments inflicted on them.

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But the second part of the report’s title—“forgotten”—is also key to understanding the situation of persecuted Christians worldwide. Particularly in the Middle East where Christians have been undergoing a systematic genocide, virtually no help has been forthcoming from Western (predominantly Christian) countries or from the United Nations.

“Governments in the West and the UN failed to offer Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria the emergency help they needed as genocide got underway,” ACN’s website relates. “If Christian organisations and other institutions had not filled the gap, the Christian presence could already have disappeared in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Thankfully, this does not happen in America; however, we need to prepare for that eventuality. Considering the vehemence of the pro-abortion people, the importation and breeding of Islam in America, and the power of anti-Christian groups, it seems this is an eventuality.

  1. Doctor in Argentina convicted of refusing to abort 23-week-old baby

Our friends at Live Action report in a 28 May 2019 article that a Venezuelan doctor has been sentenced to prison to refusing to perform an abortion although this action saved both the baby and the mother.

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An OB/GYN in Argentina was found guilty on Monday of refusing to carry out an abortion after a woman who was 23 weeks pregnant took the abortion pill. Dr. Leandro Rodríguez Lastra is the head of gynecology at Pedro Moguillansky Hospital and is said to have saved the woman’s life.

Abortion is legal in eleven Argentinian provinces, but only in cases of rape, endangerment to the mother’s life, or when the mother is mentally disabled and is the victim of sexual abuse. The majority of gynecologists in Argentina are conscientious objectors, but Rodríguez Lastra was not registered as one, and therefore, the prosecution says he was obliged by law to commit the abortion.

According to CitizenGo, Rodríguez Lastra was charged and found guilty of failing to carry out his duty as a public official in 2017, when he refused to finish the abortion of the viable child whose 19-year-old mother was a victim of rape. It is important to note that the mother was in agreement with his plan to save her life and that of the child, according to CitizenGo. It is not the mother who has taken Rodríguez Lastra to court, but Representative Marta Milesi, a pro-abortion activist.

The young woman first went to the Fernandez Oro hospital where she was referred to Pedro Moguillansky Hospital for an abortion, but doctors from the initial hospital admitted in hearings that they told her to go to the feminist NGO “La Revuelta,” and never gave complete health information to doctors at Pedro Moguillansky Hospital. According to LifeSiteNews, the woman arrived at Pedro Moguillansky Hospital in severe pain, stating she had been given Misoprostol to induce an abortion and asking for the doctors there to complete the abortion. According to CitizenGo, she had been given the abortion pill at nearly six months pregnant by a non-medical organization. Taking the abortion pill after 10 weeks increases the risks to the mother’s health.

Rodríguez Lastra determined that she had an infection and was in danger of septic shock. She was at risk of losing her uterus and of dying. An obstetric expert testified that this diagnosis was correct, and that Rodríguez Lastra saved the woman’s life.

“This case confirms that the intention of the promoters of the legalization of abortion is that it can be practiced without limit in the time of pregnancy,” said Rodríguez Lastra.

Rodríguez Lastra, the mother, hospital management, neonatologists, psychologists, and social workers all agreed to treat the woman and not allow the abortion to be completed. The plan was to perform a C-section at 35 weeks, giving the child and mother both a chance to live. The Ministry of Health and the Family Judge agreed with this decision. The baby was born and placed for adoption.

(Read more at Live Action)

Although this happened some time ago, I applaud this doctor and support anything we can do to support him.

  1. The struggle of Pakistan’s Christians

In a more focused video by France24 published in 2009, the systemic discrimination against Christians within Pakistan. It shows how Christians have been isolated, made second-class citizens, and forced into a slave-like situation.

From their walled-off enclave, these Christians live in dirt, collect scraps from their Muslim neighbors, and cannot elevate themselves out of their former “untouchables” ranking.

Thanks to Canada for accepting Asia Bibi

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Persecuted Christian Asia Bibi Arrives in Canada After Leaving Pakistan

Breitbart informs us through an 8 May 2019 article that Asia Bibi has escaped the death threat of her country for the asylum of Canada.

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy against Islam before she was freed last year, is now safely in Canada and reunited with her family, her lawyer has said.

“It is a big day,” Saiful Malook told the Guardian. “Asia Bibi has left Pakistan and reached Canada. She has reunited with her family. Justice has been dispensed.”

Pakistani TV channels Geo and ARY, citing unidentified sources, also reported Bibi had left the country.

Roman Catholic Bibi was acquitted of her religious crime last year but has since faced death threats in Pakistan and was offered asylum by multiple countries including Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada. The latter has finally provided her with safe haven.

The British government turned her away, allegedly to appease “certain sections of the community” at home and Islamist terrorists who might be inclined to attack British embassies abroad.

Everyone, please thank Canada for their help in this matter of providing asylum to Christians.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (Romans 12:10 NASB)

A confluence terrible events against Christians and Christian places of worship


European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”

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In a 14 April 2019 article by the Gatestone Institute, we find how Europe’s churches have seen much harm recently.

Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.

In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from bad to worse.

Among some of the recent desecrations in France, the following took place in just February and March:

  • Vandals plundered Notre-Dame des Enfants Church in Nîmes and used human excrement to draw a cross there; consecrated bread was found thrown outside among garbage.
  • The Saint-Nicolas Church in Houilles was vandalized on three separate occasions in February; a 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary, regarded as “
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  • Vandals desecrated and smashed crosses and statues at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, and mangled the arms of a statue of a crucified Christ in a mocking manner. In addition, an altar cloth was burned.
  • Arsonists torched the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris soon after midday mass on Sunday, March 17.

Similar reports are coming out of Germany. Four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. “In this country,” PI-News explained, “there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches… and recently also on cemeteries.”

(Read more at the Gatestone Institute)

Note that, for the most part, this story is not reaching the main stream media.

Shep Smith shuts down French commentator suggesting Notre Dame fire wasn’t an accident

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A 15 April 2019 article at The Hill points out a massive failing of Shepherd Smith on his Fox News show.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith abruptly cut off an interview on Monday with a French commentator floating conspiracy theories about the fire burning at Notre Dame.

Smith’s guest was French media analyst and former elected official Philippe Karsenty, who said the blaze burning at the Parisian landmark was “like a 9/11.”

“It’s like a 9/11. It’s a French 9/11. It’s a big shock,” Karsenty said. “The church was there for more than 850 years. Even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it.”

He said there have been churches “desecrated each and every week in France, all over France” in recent years.

“So, of course, you will hear the story of the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident,” Karsenty said before Smith interrupted.

“Sir, sir, sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know,” Smith said. “If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.”

Karsenty said that he was warning viewers that they “need to be ready” before Smith cut his guest off again.

“No, sir, we’re not doing that here, not now, not on my watch,” Smith said before ending the interview with Karsenty.

(Read more at The Hill)

Although this may not turn out to have been an intentional act, for Shep Smith to cut off a commentator that has a comment makes Mr. Smith’s show a worthless span of time.

Muslim Militants Slay Missionary Priest in Burkina Faso

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A 17 February 2019 Breitbart article describes the attack on a missionary priest.

A group of Islamic terrorists opened fire on a customs post in southern Burkina Faso Friday, slaying a missionary priest as well as four customs officials, Vatican News reported Saturday.

Father Antonio César Fernandez Fernandez, a Spanish priest of the Salesian order, had been working as a missionary in Africa for the last 37 years and helped to found the first Salesian community in Togo in 1982.

The three men were returning from Lome, Togo, where they had participated in the first session of the provincial chapter of the Salesians of Francophone West Africa.

Clashes between security forces and some jihadist groups have increased in recent months in Burkina Faso, but this is the first attack in this region of the country. Mali and Niger have been facing similar attacks for several years.

Burkina Faso is several hundred miles from Nigeria, where jihadists from the Boko Haram terror group have carried out deadly attacks for the past ten years. Boko Haram has reportedly killed some 30,000 people and forced another two million to flee their homes since the insurgency began in 2009.

(Read more at Breitbart)

As Christians, we must pray for those left behind after such an act of violence. Of course, for the Christian who dies, death just ushers us into the presence of Christ.

300 Nigerian Christians Killed by Muslim Attackers

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The Right Scoop reports 500 Christians killed by Islamic extremists.

In a story that occurred concurrently with the Christchurch attack, at least 300 Christians were killed by 2 Islamic groups according to a report by the Christian Broadcasting Network in mid-March.

The news out of Nigeria is getting progressively worse as it is being reported that more than 300 people were killed in at least seven predominantly Christian villages across Nigeria in February and March this year, according to multiple sources that monitor persecution of Christians.

“Since February 10, there have been at least 270 people killed in Kaduna State alone,” International Christian Concern confirms. “It has been reported that at least 70 Christians have been killed during a 10-week span at the beginning of 2019 across the other Middle Belt states.”

In one early morning attack on the village of Karamai on Feb. 14, sources said 41 people died after 300 gunmen swarmed the village shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired their weapons and ransacked people’s homes, according to Barnabas Fund. It was reported almost all of those killed were women and children along with a few senior residents who were unable to run away.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

This is yet another story rarely mentioned by America’s main stream media. If it were Muslim victims in a Western nation, the coverage would last for weeks after the terrible event. For Christians, there is no mention.

‘Everything is burning’: Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on fire

The Russian Times reported in a 15 April 2019 article that Notre Dame was burning.

A fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France has destroyed most of the roof and collapsed the church’s central spire. Eyewitness videos show smoke and fire engulfing the jewel of Gothic architecture.

The blaze broke out in the scaffolding around the spire on Monday afternoon, Paris firefighters confirmed, adding that a major operation to tackle the fire is underway.

Everything is burning. There won’t be anything left of the wood frame, which dates to the XIX century on one side and the XII century on the other,” Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. “We’ll have to see if the [stone] vault, which protects the cathedral, will be touched or not.”

I hope that there is definitive proof that this was not the work of an Islamist. However, to declare that the fire resulted from an accident while the firefighters are still putting the fire out is premature.

Pope to Muslims: “Faith in God unifies, not divides”


Pope says to Muslims, “Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences”

According to a 4 February 2019 Nigeria Circle article, the Pope has claimed a common faith in God between Christians and Muslims.

The visit marks an effort to boost the Vatican’s outreach to Islam.

Pope Francis, who has made strengthening ties between the two largest religions a cornerstone of his papacy, is expected to have talks with the UAE’s crown prince on Monday and hold an open-air mass for 135,000 worshipers on Tuesday.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for urgent “respect” for a ceasefire accord in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through in the conflict-weary country.

“The population is exhausted by the long conflict and many, many children are suffering from hunger but they are not able to get to food deposits. The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square during his regular Sunday address.

“I appeal to all sides involved and to the international community to urgently press for respect of the agreements that have been reached, to guarantee the distribution of food, and work for the good of the population.”

“There are children who are hungry, they are thirsty, they don’t have medicine,” he added.

“I am following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern,” he added.

The UAE has played a leading role in the Saudi-led military coalition waging a nearly four-year war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen in a conflict which has pushed the poorest country on the peninsula to the brink of famine.

The Gulf state currently has about 800,000 Catholics but few of them are citizens, they’re mostly temporary migrant workers from South and South East Asia.

“Dear people of the United Arab Emirates, Salam aleikum, peace be upon you. Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences, while keeping them away from hostilities and aversion,” Pope Francis said in a video message.

Freedom of religion in the UAE is limited. It’s illegal for a Muslim to renounce their religion.

(Read more at Nigeria Circle)

My first reaction had me wondering whether this pope was declaring “another gospel” (in seeming to suggest that Muslims and Christians hold a common faith in God).

For the uninitiated, the problem with anyone declaring “another gospel” is that, in changing the central message of Christ, you are really abandoning Christ (as explained in Galatians 1: 6-9):

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

However, in light of the fact that Islam recently has shown significant hostility toward Christians with its lands AND there are 800,000 foreign Catholics (and various other denominations of Christians) in the UAE — there seems to be a need for a gentle response.

Because the Pope leads a the largest portion of proclaimed Christians on Earth, we must pray for him as a leader. Even while we may cringe at the Pope embracing an Islamist who calls for the killing of Christians, we have to realize that the strength of the Catholic Church will color non-Christian’s views of Christians. To that extent, we need to pray that the Lord directs the Pope’s steps.

Finally, on my part, I need to realize that I was not in the UAE, standing across from those who had preached the killing of Christians. Likewise, I am not in a religious environment where I might stand face-to-face with those who would kill my fellow Christians due to words I have said.

Remembering Antonin Scalia for His Influence and Faith


Christian Leaders Remember Scalia

In a 14 February 2016 article, the Christian Post memorialized Justice Scalia’s service to the country and his faith in Jesus.

” ‘Justice Antonin Scalia stood as a champion of life, religious liberty and limited government,’ the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said in a statement. ‘The son of Italian immigrants, his life journey speaks to the power embedded when one reconciles faith with education. His presence on the court represented a firewall against judicial activism. His life should serve as both a reminder and a clarion call for us to be both vigilant and committed in defending our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, called the judge’s death ‘a blow to all Americans who believe in the rule of law and his adherence to an originalist’s view of the Constitution.’

The court’s longest serving member was ‘one of the greatest jurists of our age,’ Daly said. ‘He was a terrific thinker with a fluid pen. Most importantly, he was a devout believer in Jesus Christ. Many of the nation’s most impressive attorneys stood before him. Now, the justice stands before the ultimate Judge of the world,’ he continued, adding that he ‘attempted to save our Constitution. Now, his faith in his Lord and Savior has saved him.’ ”

In 2012, Scalia Encouraged Followers of Jesus

In a 3 March 2012 Denver Post article, Antonin Scalia encouraged Catholics to remain strong in the face of ridicule.

“U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia today told a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 Catholics to have ‘the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity’ by society’s sophisticates.

Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the high court and one of its most conservative, received a rousing welcome from a throng sprawled across several adjoining rooms of the Denver Convention Center.

Scanning the crowd of participants in the two-day Living the Catholic Faith Conference, Scalia quipped that that this was his first time in front of a group where he had to look so far to the left and to the right.

The 75-year-old Scalia said that today one can believe in a creator and the teachings of Jesus without being the brunt of too much ridicule, but that to hold traditional Christian beliefs that Jesus is God and He physically rose from the grave is to be derided as simple-minded by those considered leading intellectuals.

Traditional Catholics, Scalia said, are seen as peasant-like in their saying the Rosary, kneeling before the Holy Eucharist and indiscriminately following the teachings of the pope.

‘(Yet) the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight,’ Scalia said, quoting the Bible.”

In Washington, Scalia said, the pundits and media couldn’t believe in a miracle performed under their noses.

‘My point is not that reason and intellect need to be laid aside,’ Scalia said. ‘A faith without a rational basis should be laid aside as false. … What is irrational is to reject a priori the possibility of miracles in general and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in particular.’ ”

The New York Magazine Summarized Antonin Scalia

On the 27th anniversary of his entry to the high court, the New York Magazine interviewed Antonin Scalia. In this 6 October 2013 article, this left-leaning publication presented just about as fair an assessment of Justice Scalia as I have seen in any main stream publication.

On September 26—a day that just happened to be the 27th anniversary of his swearing-in as associate justice—Antonin Scalia entered the Supreme Court’s enormous East Conference Room so casually that one might easily have missed him. He is smaller than his king-size persona suggests, and his manner more puckish than formal. Washingtonians may know Scalia as charming and disarming, but most outsiders tend to regard him as either a demigod on stilts or a menace to democracy, depending on which side of the aisle they sit. A singularity on the Court and an icon on the right, Scalia is perhaps more responsible than any American alive for the mainstreaming of conservative ideas about ­jurisprudence—in particular the principles of originalism ­(interpreting the Constitution as the framers intended it rather than as an evolving document) and textualism (that statutes must be ­interpreted based on their words alone). And he has got to be the only justice to ever use the phrase “argle-bargle” in a dissent.
  

  
Then you served in the Ford administration. That must have been an awfully lonely time to be a young conservative.
It was a terrible time, not for the Republican Party, but for the presidency. It was such a wounded and enfeebled presidency, and Congress was just eating us alive. I mean, we had a president who had never been elected to anything except … what? A district in Michigan? Everything was in chaos.

It was a time when people were talking about “the imperial presidency.” I knew very well that the 900-pound gorilla in Washington is not the presidency. It’s Congress. If Congress can get its act together, it can roll over the president. That’s what the framers thought. They said you have to enlist your jealousy against the legislature in a ­democracy—that will be the source of tyranny.

But weren’t you just saying that you learned from Watergate that presidents aren’t incorruptible?
What, and Congress is? I mean, they’re all human beings. Power tends to corrupt. But the power in Washington resides in Congress, if it wants to use it. It can do anything—it can stop the Vietnam War, it can make its will felt, if it can ever get its act together to do anything.

Had you already arrived at originalism as a philosophy?
I don’t know when I came to that view. I’ve always had it, as far as I know. Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn’t change. I mean, the notion that the Constitution should simply, by decree of the Court, mean something that it didn’t mean when the people voted for it—frankly, you should ask the other side the question! How did they ever get there?