Palm Sunday Massacre
ISIS Declares War On Christians
Two Churches Bombed: 45 Dead, over 100 Injured
from the Christian Leader
by Jayson Casper
Cairo, 4/9/2017: Attacks at two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt’s Nile Delta killed 45 people and injured more than 100 others during Palm Sunday services. ISIS claimed responsibility. In February, the Egypt chapter of the Islamist extremists had released a threatening video calling Coptic Christians our priority and our preferred prey. Soon after, about 100 Christian families fled their homes in the Sinai Peninsula amid a string of murders...
The bombing in Tanta at Mar Girgis (St. George) Church, killed at least 29 and injured more than 70. The bombing in Alexandria at St. Mark’s Cathedral, killed at least 16 and injured more than 40...
Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Egypt later this month, condemned the attack during his Palm Sunday remarks in St. Peter’s Square. He prayed that God would “convert the hearts of those who spread terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make, and traffic in, weapons,” reports the Associated Press...
The church bombings are the deadliest since a December attack at a chapel of the flagship St. Mark’s cathedral in Cairo killed 29 mostly women and children on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. That attack on the spiritual center of the Coptic Orthodox church was the deadliest modern terrorism against Egyptian Christians until today’s attacks. 7
Global Christian Persecution - Today
Christian Persecution Throughout History
Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.
According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.1
'Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.' 2
Religious persecution has a long history dating back prior to the establishment of the Christian Church. It can be seen in the early days of the Old Testament in the ridicule of Noah. Institution persecution, as a governmental policy, can be seen in Egypt in the forced slavery of the Israelites prior to the Exodus. Persecution of the Christian Church, which was formed in Christ, dates back to Christ Himself as Herod sought to kill the 'new king' and promised 'Messiah'. As a result Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were forced into exile, and the Sons of the Israel, the Holy Innocents, were slain by mere association. Persecution continued through the influence of the scribes and Pharisees, which resulted in Jesus' Crucifixion, the deaths of many martyrs, expulsion of the Christians from the synagogue, and Christians slayed for sport in the Roman Arena.
In this series, we explore the persecution of the Christian Church throughout its history and attempt to draw knowledge, insights, faith, and courage that will sustain us in our discernment and discipleship.
Five Facts About Christian Persecution
Their Nightmare Isn't Over
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — For months, they were kept in tiny thatched huts in the middle of the forest, waiting with dread each evening for their rapists to return. During the almost intolerable violence, the young women’s minds drifted to escape or death. The victims were as young as 8.
At the heart of Boko Haram’s self-proclaimed caliphate in northeastern Nigeria was a savage campaign of rape and sexual slavery that has only recently been uncovered. Thousands of girls and women were held against their will, subject to forced marriages and relentless indoctrination. Those who resisted were often shot.
Now, many of the women are suddenly free — rescued in a series of Nigerian military operations over the past year that dislodged the extremist Islamist group from most of the territory it controlled. But there have been few joyous family reunions for the victims. 3
More on Identity Theft
Stealing Credit Card Data
BotNet software is usually installed on computers by users who are tricked into loading it (by attractive images, tailored ads, spam emails, videos. or even software supposedly offering fixes or virus protection). In recent years BotNet hackers have become enormously more prevalent and sophisticated, in some cases even rivaling governmental spy agencies in their scope.
With the invention of the 'Square' to process credit tranactions, the number of those involved in skimming (stealing credit card numbers and data) have similarly grown exponentially. Skimming can occur in restaurants, gas stations, and any other area where credit cards are temporalily out of sight. Skimmers routinely get 4-8 dollars for each card number and these are sold to criminal organizations who manufacture identical credit cards using the stolen data.
All Democratic Candidates Must Support Abortion on Demand
April 22, 2017: Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez demanded that “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health ... That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state”8 In this statement the Democratic Party takes the exclusive position that it will not support any candidate that does not support abortion on demand. A recent Pew Research report found that 28% of rank and file democrats oppose abortion in most, or all, cases.
'I am wounded by love'
What, I ask, is more wonderful than the beauty of God? What thought is more pleasing and wonderful than God’s majesty? What desire is as urgent and overpowering as the desire implanted by God in a soul that is completely purified of sin and cries out in its love: I am wounded by love? The radiance of divine beauty is altogether beyond the power of words to describe.
- Saint Basil the Great
Defund Violent Racism!
In Margaret Sanger's book The Pivot of Civilization she called for the elimination of "human weeds," for the segregation of "morons, misfits, and maladjusted," and for the sterilization of "genetically inferior [black] races."
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States. It performs nearly 200 times more abortions than referrals for adoption. Founded by eugenicist and atheist Margaret Sanger, it is taxpayer subsidized, tax-exempt, and receives specific federal funding to promote and provide birth control.
In May 2012, "Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama with $1.4 million ad buy." It also started a new relationship with the Los Angeles Unified School District by providing a clinic on a Los Angeles high school campus.
Although a non-profit organization, Planned Parenthood reported an average annual surplus of over $40 million from the fiscal years ending in 2001 through 2006. and had over $1 billion in revenue in 2006. Planned Parenthood had a surplus of nearly $115 million and received $336 million from the government in order to carry out its operations, including almost 300,000 abortions that year.
The organization boasts that it provides "sexual and reproductive health care", but this is a rather transparent expression for abortion and contraception. Planned Parenthood annually gives awards to those who support their agenda and the top award which they give is called the Margaret Sanger Award. 80% of those who have won this award have been pro-eugenics. Previous recipients of the Margaret Sanger Awardd include:
Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood and was also a proponent of eugenics, believing that blacks were a racially inferior race, along with being a member of both the American Eugenics Society and the English Eugenics Society. She has been widely praised by many liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton. Alan Guttmacher, who was the President of Planned Parenthood from 1962 to 1974 and who was also former Vice-President of the American Eugenics Society, stated: "We are merely walking down the path that Ms. Sanger has carved out for us." Similarly, Faye Wattleton, who was the president of Planned Parenthood until 1992, stated that she was "proud" to be "walking in the footsteps" of Margaret Sanger. 5
U.S. Policy Made 2015 the Worst Persecution of Christians 'in Modern History'
In 35 nations, Islamic extremism "has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing" of Christians.
Something else stands behind this rise of genocidal "Islamic extremism": U.S. foreign policy. In every Muslim nation where the U.S. has intervened in the name of "freedom and democracy," Christian life has exponentially worsened.
For years, the Obama administration has refused to list Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, and has argued that its violence had nothing to do with Islam and was a result of poverty and grievances. Instead, the U.S. pressured the Nigerian government to make concessions.
The primary achievement of U.S. foreign policies, apart from wasted American blood and treasure -- is the unprecedented rise in Muslim nations of Islamic forces outspokenly bent on destroying America 4 .