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‘No Christian Is Exempt’: Persecution Worldwide Still Rampant, Congress Told

One reason Christians are increasingly persecuted is that Christianity is expanding in countries that lack religious freedom.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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February 20, 2014 - 11:12 pm
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WASHINGTON – A senior Vatican official and several international experts told a House subcommittee that Christians are still enduring violence, torture, and death across the globe.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Vatican’s envoy to the United Nations, said “flagrant and widespread” persecution of Christians rages in the Middle East.

“No Christian is exempt, whether or not he or she is Arab. Arab Christians, a small but significant community, find themselves the target of constant harassment for no reason other than their religious faith,” Chullikatt testified before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations last week.

Before taking the post as the permanent observer of the Vatican to the UN, Chullikatt served as a Vatican representative in Iraq and Jordan.

The persecution of Christians in Iraq has increased in the wake of the country’s democratic transition. Chullikatt said that under Saddam Hussein religious minorities enjoyed more protection because law and order were “forcibly imposed.”

“[Religious] minorities felt protected because they were participants on the benefits that came about from the strict law and order that was imposed by those regimes,” Chullikatt said. “Minorities, because of the situation that prevailed, could exercise all their rights.”

Chullikatt said that today “Christians are caught in the crossfire” because of insecurity and sectarian tensions.

He warned that a deterioration of the conflict in Syria could have similar results.

Chullikatt said one of the most egregious examples of the ongoing persecution is the rise of a so-called “tradition” of bombing Catholic and other Christian places of worship every Christmas Eve.

Three bombings killed at least 34 people in Baghdad last December, including a car bomb that exploded as worshippers were leaving a Christmas service.

From more than one million Christians before the onset of the Gulf War in 1991, Chullikatt said that today about 300,000 Christians are left in Iraq.

“As we witness the black flag of al-Qaeda again fly over cities such as Fallujah, which we had won at the cost of so much American blood, we wonder how it is that for Christians in Iraq, life appears to be worse now than it was under the vicious dictator Saddam Hussein,” said subcommittee chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

Smith cited research by the Pew Center that concluded Christians are the single most harassed group worldwide. According to the report, Christians were harassed in 139 countries around the world between 2006 and 2010.

John Allen, associate editor at the Boston Globe and a veteran journalist who has written extensively on the persecution of Christians, said many ignore the issue because of outdated preconceptions.

“Say ‘religious persecution’ to most Westerners, and the images that come to mind are the Crusades, the Inquisition, the wars of religion,” Allen said. “The typical Christian in today’s world is not an affluent American male pulling up to church in a Lincoln Continental; it’s a poor black woman and mother of four in Botswana.”

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Christians believe in loving their enemies and turning their cheek. Easy pray.

It's only when they adopted the Roman ethos did Christianity learn to survive. Sadly that's lost today. Christians are being fed to the Islamic lions and other Christians are enabling the process. Loving your enemy is for losers. It's time to fight back without pity or shame. General Patton, not Mother Teresa, should be the new Christian model.
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He urged the administration to appoint an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom at the State Department – a post established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The seat, which is a key position in the U.S. on religious freedom, has been vacant since October when Suzan Johnson Cook stepped down.

If this administration were to appoint a new ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, I'd expect the appointee to be someone consistent with its own beliefs, probably Rev. Jeremiah Wright or someone like him. How would that improve things for Christians anywhere, especially where they are embattled minorities?
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And Atheo-Scientism/Marxsm is expanding in European Christian countries.
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There will be no good come from complaining to our congress. Barry has made America so weak internationally that there will be no help there either.

The answer is to not "turn the other cheek" but get armed and fight back. Neither our government nor an other will fight for christians.

What is really happening is that that we are in a war between Islam and the west and the west is losing.
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Testimony from UNists to our despicable Congress? Yeah...this'll go a long way toward aiding persecuted Christians. Worthless, absolutely worthless.
We frown and let well educated fools turn our schools into anti-US propaganda while simultaneously dumbing down the curriculum to produce more pliable serfs.
So passive. Christ whipped liars and cheats from the temple, he did not make a speech before the Roman senate about how wrong it is that money changers cheat people. He acted, with violence. Christ was no pacifist, he knew well enough how to treat the truly evil. The hippie all love all the time God is a canard foisted upon an all too quick to believe audience.
God hates. God is jealous...said so himself.
bah, those pigs at the UN stir up the bile something fierce.

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Not just anti-US, anti-Christian as well (I'd know because I've had to be fed garbage such as how Christians were inventors of misogyny, how we were misogynists, burned witches, forced conversions on Indians, and the like.).

And the UN was a Marxist tool, anyways, best to destroy it. To be honest, why didn't Jesus slaughter the Roman soldiers with his divine powers when they came to arrest him? That wouldn't have broken the Ten Commandments at all assuming that commandment was "thou shalt not murder" and not "thou shalt not kill." Plus, that would have made the message much more clearer than simply letting himself be killed.
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As a Christian, I was taught to try, and make peace twice if there was a problem. After that, escalation of force is warranted.

Unless Christians across the globe are Amish, I suggest line of fire, patrol, ambush, trip wires..., and don't wait for you MOMMIE to do it for you!
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Christians believe in loving their enemies and turning their cheek. Easy pray.

It's only when they adopted the Roman ethos did Christianity learn to survive. Sadly that's lost today. Christians are being fed to the Islamic lions and other Christians are enabling the process. Loving your enemy is for losers. It's time to fight back without pity or shame. General Patton, not Mother Teresa, should be the new Christian model.
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Loving you enemy isn't for losers. What is misunderstood in the modern world was that in Jesus' time, to turn the other cheek was a defiant act. You think you're so big & bad to slap me? Here's the other one to show you that I am not cowed down nor do I fear you. Jesus not not above standing up for others being persecuted(woman at the well)nor using violence (the event re the temple moneychangers.
What a lot of people don't know is that the Crusades were after 600 years of rape, murder,conquests, raids, theft, piracy, slave taking raids.It took 600+ years to get the western Christians to take the barbarians seriously.
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Too bad Jesus was the one who advocated that method, not to mention basically made an example of himself by being nailed to the cross without any resistance, being the word incarnate, and yet somewhat hypocritically told his own followers to arm themselves with a sword (he'd use his own divine powers to slaughter those Roman soldiers who arrested him in extremely horrific ways out of self defense had he been true to his own word, especially when, as the Word Incarnate, he'd know that self-defense would not be in violation of the thou shalt not murder commandment). Honestly, Jesus really should have massacred everyone and then allow his father to remake reality to have humanity be completely devoid of free will.
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He urged the administration to appoint an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom at the State Department – a post established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The seat, which is a key position in the U.S. on religious freedom, has been vacant since October when Suzan Johnson Cook stepped down.

If this administration were to appoint a new ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, I'd expect the appointee to be someone consistent with its own beliefs, probably Rev. Jeremiah Wright or someone like him. How would that improve things for Christians anywhere, especially where they are embattled minorities?
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Not one mention of "Islam" or "Muslim"......
Amazing! (but not unexpected)
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"Christianity is expanding in countries that lack religious freedom"

Funny thing about that.
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Oh what a disgrace if such a despised and base cult, which worships a misogynist pedophile demon, should be allowed to subjugate and kill Christians! With what reproaches will the Lord overwhelm us if we do not promptly and fully stand with those Christians who are being enslaved, and defiled and murdered by Muslims for their Christian faith! Let those who have been accustomed unjustly to wage private warfare against other of the faithful now all unite and go against the Mohammedans in a Holy Crusade and end with total victory this war against monstrous evil which should have been completed long ago.

Let those who for too long a time have been dhimmis, now become knights. Let those who have been fighting in service of Mohammedans against their own brothers and sisters now fight in a proper way against all the followers and enablers of the misogynist pedophile demon. Let those who have been wearing themselves out in both body and soul in vain attempt to win the small minds and dark hearts of the Mohammedans now redeem themselves and labor for glorious honor against them.

Behold! On the one side will be the completely destroyed Mohammedans and their allies and servants, on the other the fierce and righteous protectors of women and humanity. On the one side will be the destroyed enemies of the Lord, on the other, his friends who will shout at all the Christian hating Mohammedans and their enablers as they destroy them, "Deus vult! Deus vult! Deus vult!"
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Unfortunately, God effectively created the Muslims, and even groomed them via Archangel Gabriel to commit their deeds and become what they are (and believe me, I know, because this is what I've been taught in College). Even if we Christians do win, they and we are all still God's playthings, manipulated like chess pieces, tools, until the time comes to dispose of us. Don't forget, God also instigated the infighting between us Christians and the Jewish people, as it was Jesus who pretty much told the Jewish people that they were either to submit to him or be damned, making it very clear they weren't actually "chosen," not anymore, thus resulting in the Talmud. I can handle the Torah as at least that was directed by God directly, but the Talmud promoted things God himself did not support. Not to mention God pretty much lied to us when he said Jesus took away/wiped out the sins of the world as our hymns stated. If he actually did, we would be lacking in free will, since that's truly the only way to actually exterminate sin.

I serve God largely due to fear, must serve him or he will destroy me.
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Whatever was spent to put you through college was wasted.
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Have to agree with you there, especially when a few of my classes basically made a lot of agenda pushing against Christians.
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Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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