Saturday, December 31, 2016

What Will The New Year Bring For Persecuted Christians?

As the New Year approaches, it is heartbreaking to see what is happening to Christians in Muslim-majority countries around the world. The barbarism of ISIS is almost impossible to imagine. But the persecution is hardly limited to that satanic death cult. It is a defining feature throughout much of the Middle East and beyond. Sadly, too many of our political and cultural elites are in denial.
In recent days there have been disturbing reports that ISIS has published a list of churches in America and is urging its followers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie.”
That bloody movie premiered in December, when a terrorist bomb was detonated at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Cairo, Egypt, which are adjacent to the Coptic Papal Seat of St. Mark’s Cathedral. The bomb blast left at least 25 people dead and 65 injured, most of them women and children.
This was not an isolated event. Recently, persecution watchdog group Aid to the Church in Need released its 2016 “Religious Freedom in the World” report. The report revealed that 38 of 196 countries examined showed “unmistakable evidence” of significant religious freedom violations. Twenty-three of those countries were placed in the top-level “Persecution” category, while 15 others in the “Discrimination” group.
Read the rest from Gary Bauer HERE.

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