Christians and non-Christians alike can draw inspiration from their courage, faith and perseverance.
The Lenten Season is here again and Christians the world over are preparing for Easter.
Though it receives little to any attention in the American media, the truth of the matter is that for a good number of contemporary Christians—approximately 215 million, or one in twelve, according to Open Doors, an organization dedicated to ministering to persecuted Christians—experience “high levels” of persecution in dozens of countries.
Today, in 2019, numerous Christians, adults and, yes, children, are regularly following the example of holy men and women from throughout the Church’s history who have died as testimony to their faith. Open Doors shares the following startling information:
Every month, 255 Christians are killed; 104 are abducted; 180 Christian women are raped, sexually harassed, or forced into marriage; 66 churches are besieged; and 160 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned.
Just last year, 3,066 Christians were murdered, while 1,252 were kidnapped, 1,020 were raped or otherwise sexually abused, and 793 churches attacked.
Open Doors supplies the public with a “World Watch” list of 50 of the world’s most dangerous countries for Christians.
Eight out of ten of those countries are Islamic.
Rape is an especially common form of persecution for Christian women in Islamic lands—a fact that Open Doors substantiates via the testimony of several Christian females who have lived through it first-hand.
Take, first, Rita, a Christian woman who lived in the Qaraqosh, in Iraq. When she was in her mid-twenties, Rita was abducted by Islamic State zealots after they converged upon her city. Over the next four years, until she was freed and reunited with her family, Rita was sold as a sex slave four times. She was subjected to numerous beatings and rapes as her tormentors mocked and threatened her.
Then there’s Aisha, who was a 28 year-old wife and the mother of three children when her Nigerian home town of Kano was besieged by Fulani Islamic fanatics. The latter forced their way into Aisha’s family’s home. Upon seeing a Bible, her Muslim attackers knew immediately that Aisha and her family were Christians, and they suspected that her husband was a pastor. The predators seized Aisha’s husband and whisked him away while demanding sex from Aisha. She refused—but to no avail.
Two men would rape Aisha on that fateful evening.
Maizah was an Islamic, Libyan woman who converted to Christianity. She is especially courageous, knowing as she must have known that going public with her account promised to invite attempts on her very life—as they did. A group of older men attacked Maizah, beating her for her conversion to Christianity. They promised to spare her life if she agreed to become the fourth wife of one of her attackers.
Maizah, painfully aware that she couldn’t take refuge in her family members, who also might try to kill her for abandoning Islam, decided that her only option was to flee.
Today, Maizah lives somewhere in the West. She no longer has to worry about being murdered because of her allegiance to Christ. However, she continues to endure trauma over what she endured.
Esther was but 17 years-old when Boko Haram, a Nigerian species of Islamic militancy, raided Esther’s village and carried her, along with several other girls, off to captivity deep into the Sambisa forest. Their abductors pressured their victims to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam.
Esther, despite being repeatedly gang-raped, refused to repudiate Christ. And even after she conceived and gave birth to the child of one of her rapists, she still refused to abandon her Lord and Savior.
Sadly, when Esther and her baby finally made it home, her own family and fellow villagers ostracized her. She was referred to as one of the “Boko Haram women” and her daughter they called, simply, “Boko.”
Open Doors notes that the experiences of these women are all too common at present. In nearly 60% of the planet’s 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, sexual assault was identified as a feature of Christian persecution. In 47% of these countries, Christian women are selected as victims of rape.
Yet Christian women are also persecuted in other gender-specific ways. Thirty-five percent of the 50 most dangerous countries report that Christian women are subjected to “forced divorce” and, subsequently, denied custody of their children. On the other hand, 57% of these countries say that Christian women are subjected to “forced marriage.”
There are still other methods of persecuting Christian women. From Open Doors:
Persecution exploits all of a woman’s vulnerabilities, including (but not limited to): lack of education, [lack of adequate] healthcare, forced divorce, travel bans, trafficking, widowhood, incarceration in a psychiatric unit, forced abortions or [forced] contraception, being denied access to work and lack of choice to marry a person of similar faith.
In those societies within which women are of low stature, Christian women are especially vulnerable. The CEO of Open Doors, David Curry, explains:
To further complicate and degrade their value, Christian women specifically face and even greater challenge. They are targeted specifically for their faith and often are helpless to demand justice.
As the United States continues to focus on improving the lives of American women, let us not forget those who cannot even have a man arrested for violence against them.
Amen. And this Lenten season, let Christian and non-Christian alike draw inspiration from the example of strength, courage, and faith exhibited by persecuted Christians and persecuted Christian women like the young ladies mentioned here.
Rabbi Shlomo Tawil, co-director of the Chabad House in Rosario, Argentina. Photo: Facebook.
JNS.org – Rabbi Shlomo Tawil, director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Rosario, Argentina, was recovering at home after being assaulted by three youths on Sunday night during the holiday of Shavuot.
According to neighbors who came to the rabbi’s aid, the attackers shouted antisemitic insults at the rabbi, and began hitting him in the head and abdomen, reported Chabad.org.They then threw him to the floor, kicked him and trampled his hat before fleeing.
A Palestinian man inspects the site of an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip, June 14, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.
Thousands of Palestinians rioted on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, hurling rocks, firebombs and explosive devices at IDF troops.
Also on Friday, numerous blazes were ignited in southern Israel by incendiary balloons sent over the border from Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Early Friday morning, the Israeli Air Force struck several Hamas targets in Gaza, in response to a rocket attack the previous night in which a religious school in Sderot was damaged.
On May 31, the cry went out from Times Square, New York City, to annihilate Israel and extend the terror war against the Jewish state to America.
As they did in Beirut, Berlin, London, Tehran, and Dearborn, Michigan, Israel-haters gathered at Times Square to call for Israel’s dissolution on the day the Iranian regime has determined to be “Al Quds Day,” that is, Jerusalem Day.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) posted a video of the event. In it, a series of speakers called over and over again for Israel’s annihilation, voiced support for terrorists and terrorism and called for the war against Israel to come to New York.
Nate Chase from the World Workers’ Party led the crowd in chanting, “We don’t want not two state! We want ’48!”
Leftists have never been as humorless, unfunny and touchy as they are now. And they’ve never poured as much time and money into late night comedy, Netflix comedy specials and assorted people angrily shouting things about Trump and their confused sexual identities into a microphone, as they are now.
Comedy, as supported by billion-dollar media corporations based in blue states that would legalize killing babies and heroin before they would permit gun ownership, has returned to its roots in Greek political life. Except the ancient Greeks thought that people insulting each other’s politics was funny and the modern Proggies think that the insults should be one-sided and delivered in an echo chamber.
The UCLA Daily Bruin and its editorial staff have made a mockery of the concept of a free press, opening their pages to terrorist political organizations and closing them to the opponents of terrorist propaganda and Jew hatred. The Bruin’s allegiance to the destroy-Israel left and failure to observe the core principles of journalism in a democracy was glaringly obvious in its coverage of a recent student government ruling.
The resolution passed on Tuesday, May 21, by the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association asserted that—contrary to all evidence and a long history of spreading the genocidal lies of Hamas terrorists, and harassing Jewish students and their invited speakers— the group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is not anti-Semitic.
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The long-running dispute revolves — most recently — around an effort by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, a cross-party formation of around two-dozen MPs in the British Parliament, to institutionalize the definition of Islamophobia in racial rather than religious terms.
The proposed definition has been opposed by many Britons, including British Muslims, who warn that it would effectively shield Islam from scrutiny and valid criticism.
The New York Times claimed that President Donald Trump does not care about his re-election campaign or about the policies he would seek to enact during a second term.
“In a recent overarching state-of-the-race briefing in Florida with Brad Parscale, his campaign manager, Mr. Trump was consistently distracted and wanted to discuss other things,
The New York Times got quite a scoop when, in an interview with its Jerusalem bureau chief David Halbfinger, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he favored Israel’s annexation of the West Bank. That was the lede of Halbfinger’s article, as well as in the headline. And that was also the way the story was played in virtually every one of the many publications that picked up on the story.
Every movement has a mission statement. “Make America Great Again” is the conservative one. (It’s the “Again” part that makes it conservative.) The enemies of making America great have one too.
If the radicals had red hats, they would say, “They’re Out To Get You.”
TOTGY has been the leftist motto since before Marx learned to shave and then decided to stop doing it. The arc of history may bend toward many places, but the black rainbow serviced by a snarling leprechaun with a PhD and a cocaine problem always begins and ends in the same paranoid place.
In certain circumstances, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said last week, Washington would recognize the annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel.
As expected, Friedman’s comments led to fierce criticism. The Palestinians already call him the “settler spokesman.”
But in fact, instead of blaming the settlers, the Palestinians can only blame themselves. And given that we are in the era of “narratives,” namely, lies that pretend to be history, we should pay attention to the facts.