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Why Are Christians (Really) the World’s Most Persecuted Group?

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The title of the column caught my eye:  “Why Are Christians the World’s Most Persecuted Group?”  It was linked from the Middle East Forum website at Matt Barber’s cool, new site, BarbWire.com.  From the title of the column, written by Raymond Ibrahim, I thought that maybe he had laid out the bottom line truth of why Christians, along with Jews, are indeed the most reviled and persecuted people on Earth.  But he didn’t.

His column made three points in answer to his title’s question.  He wrote that Christians are the most persecuted because Christianity is the largest religion in the world, Christianity is a proselytizing faith that seeks to win over converts, and Christianity is the quintessential religion of martyrdom.  While these three points are true, do they really explain why Christians are the world’s most persecuted group?  No.

There can be no understanding of the answer to this question without the acknowledgment of the reality of the spirit realm, Who God is and who His spiritual enemies are.  As a Christian, I am certainly writing from the vantage point of the knowledge that God the Father is the Creator of all that is, that His Son Jesus came to earth in the form of mankind, lived a sinless life, as no man could ever do, and willingly gave Himself as the atoning sacrifice for all people who would believe in Him.  Only through Jesus’ sacrifice are we saved, reconciled to God and snatched from certain, eternal death.  This matters greatly (it’s all that does matter, in fact), because whether we believe it or not, we are all accountable to our Creator, and each of us will one day stand before Him to answer for what we did with the life He gave us.

How then is it that the world despises Christians, as well as Jews, above all others?  It is because of the eternal enmity chosen long ago by Satan when he decided in delusion that he could be equal in power to his Maker, and in rebellion was forever cast out of heaven—along with his fellow angel followers—and given temporary authority over the world.  In the Garden of Eden, Satan talked Adam and Eve into that same rebellion against the Lord.  The world has been under the curse of sin and death ever since.

From the beginning of time, Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) have made war against the Lord and His creation.  It is their sole mission to steal, kill and destroy what God has made and to keep as many people as possible from the knowledge of salvation through Jesus.  In this mission, they have heaped deception upon deception for mankind.  They have created countless false doctrines and distractions to mislead and deceive people into taking the path to Hell.  The world’s false religions—all those whose foundation is not solely the Gospel of Christ—lead to one place:  eternal damnation and separation from God.  This includes false, so-called “Christian” religions that deny Christ as the only Way to salvation, and instead, rely on traditions of men and on works to “earn” salvation, something we could never earn.

The frenzied, irrational hatred people of the world have for Christians is inspired by, and based in, Satan’s hatred for God and His people.  It’s a demonic hatred found in people who have rejected the Lord.  Have you ever noticed that there is not the same deep hatred for non-Christians and non-Christian religions?  Satan doesn’t hate his own work; he aggressively promotes and supports it.  Supernatural hatred for Christians and Jews exists because they are God’s people, the real deal, chosen by Him from the foundation of the world to be miraculously reconciled to Him.  We simply remind Satan of his eternal defeat and the fact that his time as “the god of this world” is short and growing to a close.  He is furious in his great loss.

What about Islam, the second largest religion in the world?  The roots of who would later become the Arab Muslim people go back to Abraham and Ishmael, his son from the Egyptian woman Hagar, the son Abraham had as a result of his brief unbelief in God’s ability to give him a son through his elderly wife Sarah.  The descendants of Ishmael also carry the blessing of the Lord promised to Abraham for his children; therefore they are a multitude.

Islam is a demonic, militant-political-religious ideology born of the children of Ishmael, and like them, it has greatly proliferated.  It is one of Satan’s premiere deceptions, tyrannically ensnaring countless millions of people.  And to this day, the word of the angel of the Lord to Hagar concerning Ishmael stands true:

10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

True, that!

Those who adhere to Islam naturally have a demonically-inspired hatred for the people of the Lord, but as the Bible says, they hate everyone.  However, it is with the deepest of hatreds that they regard Christians and Jews, because their hatred is Satan’s hatred, and it goes well beyond simple dislike or disagreement on principles.  It goes to the heart of the spiritual essence of the foundational struggle, to the basic forces of darkness and light.

Yes, all of this is about the war between good and evil, God and Satan, and the war itself is already won.  Jesus got the victory over sin and death at the cross, so Satan stands defeated, but the battles in this world are not yet over, and Satan still retains great power over the world.  We must never underestimate him.

At the same time, as we watch our world marching inexorably toward the horror of the very last days and the period of great tribulation, those of us who put our trust in the Lord must not lose courage or hope.  The Word of the Lord is true, and every bit of it will come to pass.  This is why we see such a feverish effort by satanically-inspired people to eradicate all vestiges of Christianity in America today.  The campaign has its source in the demonic realm.  The power of God to save us is real—it’s the only power of true salvation—and the devil knows it.

Jesus has already warned us of the world’s hatred:

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

That’s the bottom line.  Those who belong to Jesus will see persecution in this world, and that’s because we bear His name.  But persecution for the sake of Jesus’ name is not to be feared.  Even though it may not seem to be, it is a blessing.  He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world, and the Lord will never let us go, no matter how bad things get.

Finally, if you do not know the Lord, please take time to open a Bible and read about His marvelous love for you.  No matter what you’ve done, He will forgive you, save you, and give you a new spirit, new life, joy and amazing peace unlike any peace the world could ever offer.  He’s calling you.  Seek Him, and you will find Him.

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  • SecularPatriot

    *Cough*

    What?

  • CajunPatriot

    Matt, is this a trick question? Immediately, my response would be, because “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Romans 8:36).

    The in-depth answer would need to be much longer and would include many points you articulately stated. I would also add; for we who are in Christ and Christ in us, our citizenship is not here but in heavenly places. We have responsibility during our sojourn here, but we are just passing through. One day the Lord will renew heaven and earth and we will return with him to rule and reign. Meanwhile, we are the light of the world, and the salt (making sure we do not lose our saltiness).

    • Porkie

      Il faut m’excuser – j’ai la tête dans le pâté – mais j’ai pas bien saisi le sens du “sel”?

      • CajunPatriot

        C’est pas mal. Le sel est utilisé pour préserver et a été pour des milliers d’années avant la réfrigération. Pourtant, comme avec la réalisation de glace et d’autres buts, quand il est utilisé ou pollué, il est jeté et plus de n’importe quelle bonne utilisation. L’espoir qui vous aide à recevoir votre tête du pâté.

        • Porkie

          MDR……. mais c’est pas également nuisant?……. J’ai cru que vous faisez plutôt référence aux larmes.

    • Larry Gist

      Just remember that when something is too salty people tend to spit it out…

      • CajunPatriot

        We are The Salt. Salt cannot be too salty. Salt is salt. if it is good salt, you use it for preserving, and numerous other uses. if it is polluted, you throw it out.

        • Larry Gist

          Ok sure, try selling french fries made with too much salt added and see how many people flock to you to buy them. Salt must be applied sparingly to ENHANCE flavor, the same is true for your religious reference to salt as well, too much of it turns people’s stomachs. But you are too pious to see that aren’t you?

          • CajunPatriot

            When you are carnally minded it is death. Carnal minds cannot understand the treasures of God and His Word. No where does Jesus say, what you said. No where does he say we should be more salty, or less salty because that is a moot point. WE ARE THE SALT. Jesus did not say, add more salt, take some salt away, don’t be too salty. That is human reasoning based upon human experience.

            Certainly, you can add too much salt to a dish and it is not palatable. A case in point…some years ago I was blessed to take a teaching seminar with Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet.” Chef Graham reminded us over and over again, his famous dictum: “If it looks good, and smells good, it will be good!” While filming an episode, he was interrupted as he was adding salt to the dish. When he came back from the break, he added more salt, and then when we came back to recording, he added more salt. When he tasted it at the end, his face contorted and he spit it out. He then amended his dictum to: “If it looks good and smells good, it almost always tastes good!” ha.

            Salt in its spiritual form is not used as flavor primarily. If it were there would be other corroborating scriptures which teach the same “flavor” lesson, through other illustrations. Jesus is specifically speaking of preservation. Salt much be in its pure form, just salt, no pollutions, to preserve properly.

            Based upon your interpretation, when Jesus called his believers the light of the world, and we can all read that He is The Light of the World, then Jesus would had to mean, “Don’t let your light shine too brightly, it might blind some people and turn them off. Let your light just shine moderately, just a little to enhance the mood, just others can see just a little. Did Jesus do that? He is The Light. Did He let His light shine moderately, or did it shine extremely brightly, attracting good and bad from near and far?

            Whatever you mean by pious it is not me. Your attitude is that you know what Jesus was speaking and in what context it was made and it must be what you want it to be. Is that piety or is it pride? I ask the question. I do not make the accusation. It is something of which to think.

            I use salt daily for many of its uses. However, Christians are the light, are the salt. Christians do not actually use the light or use the salt, spread the light or sprinkle the salt, they are both, through Christ.

  • Alex Guittarr

    You gotta prove that the Devil is real BEFORE you make these claims.

    • thisoldspouse

      Is evil “real?” Is the mind “real?”

      Just because something isn’t tangible doesn’t mean that it’s not real.

      • wmforr

        But your statement proves nothing.

        • thisoldspouse

          If you can’t answer the question, just say so.

          • Porkie

            Let me clarify: Your post is not a question but it was as “wmforr” pointed out a non sequitur

          • thisoldspouse

            Is the mind real? Is evil real? Prove that they are not, while acting as if they are.

          • Porkie

            I draw your attention to the original post “You gotta prove that the Devil is real BEFORE you make these claims”

          • thisoldspouse

            Trying to “prove” the existence of an intangible is the issue, as well as the undeniable fact that we all rely, in perfect faith, on intangibles in our everyday lives.

      • Porkie

        Not “evil” as in a metaphysical concept BUT the “Devil” as in an entity. Even if you can’t make sense you could try reading the post.

  • penguin_boy

    And this person gets to vote. Scary, isn’t it?

    • TampaDink

      Terrifying. Even more so when we consider how many of our elected officials share these beliefs.

      • thisoldspouse

        And the voters in 33+ states.

        • TampaDink

          Unconstitutional votes are being over-ridden, as they should have never taken place. In a representative democracy, we do not allow the majority to decide on rights of a minority.

          • thisoldspouse

            Then stop pointing to polls to bolster your agenda when you won’t recognize the real polls, elections, that don’t.

          • Porkie

            Sorry I think that I missed the post where TampaDink used polls to bolster his agenda – Where was it?

          • TampaDink

            Which of your rights would you like placed on the November ballot?

          • thisoldspouse

            This is not a “rights” issue.

          • TampaDink

            Well of course it isn’t for you. None of your civil liberties have been placed on a ballot.

  • topsyturnkey

    Only in the delusional world of the American religious right could a group of people – Christians – who are allowed to worship in whatever tax free church they want, who are given freedom to pray whenever they like and for however long, who are given paid time off work for religious holidays, who are so powerful that a presidential candidate cannot be elected unless he proclaims himself Christian, and who have an entire world view based on their beliefs be called PERSECUTED. This piece is ludicrous.

    • Burton Pauly

      Well it is obvious that you’re a non-believer in the Trinity. And you may be suckered by other liberals, who believe in the big bang theory. At any rate you are dead wrong, and maybe you should take a long vacation in one of those un-Christian nations such as Saudi Arabia.

      • penguin_boy

        What an amazing non-reply!

        You’re right, I don’t believe in your myths.As for the Big Bang, with have evidence for it, both the cosmic red shift and universal background radiation both fit the theory (and were discovered after the theory was proposed.)

        • MM237

          It’s reality, not a myth.

          • Larry Gist

            Uhm no. It is YOUR reality, because you choose to believe it. There is NO PROOF and so that is why it is called FAITH! But some of us choose to put our belief in what we can see, feel, and observe about the world and Universe around us.

          • penguin_boy

            Then prove it. Prove it using experiments that can be repeated and duplicated.

      • Porkie

        The “trinity” is a hang over from the pagan pre-christian religions never mentioned in the old or new testament. Maybe you could return the favour by taking a nice vacation in one of those “christian” nations like Russia or Uganda?

  • Larry Gist

    What a complete load of CRAP! You want to know why the world hates you all so much? I got one word for you: Arizona. You people actually passed a CIVIL LAW that gives you a pass to be complete JERKS to people YOU don’t like. You revel in telling us what to do, how to do it, why to do it and with whom we can do it. You are no better than the Taliban in that you seek to impose your moral views via the legislative process and expect us to be GRATEFUL to you for doing it! You are absolutely NOT the followers of the Jesus of the Bible, who consorted with whores, tax collectors and what the Jewish leaders of the time considered the lowest of the low. Jesus would not even recognize you today and would be ashamed that you are using his name. But please by all means please continue to do what you are doing, because you are driving MULTITUDES away from the prison of organized religion and making more atheists and liberals EVERY SINGLE DAY! Please, do continue, I beg you!

    • thisoldspouse

      As opposed to homo-bullies who want to be complete JERKS to people they don’t like.

      Go look in the mirror.

      • Larry Gist

        I’m so sorry, when was the last time a gay person told you that you can’t marry the person you love? When did we hold a statewide referendum on your rights as a heterosexual? When was the last time you walked into a business and were told that you would not be served because you are a Christian? How many of your friends have been beaten half to death on the street because they held hands with their love? After suffering at the hands of the majority for centuries we finally have the will to stand up and say “Enough!” and it just irks the heck out of you people doesn’t it?

        • thisoldspouse

          No one can marry the person that they love without limits, idiot.

          Do you want ALL marriage requirements to be trashcanned?

          • Larry Gist

            That is the same lame tired excuse you people always use, there are REASONS besides religious that we deny other types of marriage, your whole premise is based on your religion. Mother and son should not marry because such a marriage can produce deformed offspring, but to deny an entire group of people the right to marriage because you think gay sex is icky, that is just wrong.

  • DC Beatnik

    Total comedy, from start to finish.

  • BillTheCat45

    What a life of hell this miserable wretch of a woman must have, SO PERSECUTED.
    This is what losing looks like folks, the tantrums are DELICIOUS.

    • thisoldspouse

      Gina wrote an article. The tantrums are the posted replies.

      • BillTheCat45

        “Wrote” is being to kind. “Spewed”, “regurgitated”, and “Drooled out” may be more apt, thx.

  • Tammy Minton Haley

    ya know what Jesus said?

    he said, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”

    you fake “christians” give spirituality a bad name, and i, for one, am sick of you…

    • John Masters

      Heck, it goes all the way to the Old Testament…Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

      You’ll never catch Matt being guilty of any of that.

    • thisoldspouse

      You believe in a sugar-coated, fake Jesus who doesn’t exist in Scripture.

      In other words, an idol of your own making.

      • WXRGina

        Spouse, you’re a super trooper! Thank you for standing here. These people spammed my Facebook page today with their senseless ravings. Had to block a bunch of them.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I think you are the Mayor of Crazy Town.
          There is a difference between being Religious and Religious Addiction.
          So long, bye-bye (SGM backs away from Gina slowly, not making any sudden moves, you can’t cure this kind of crazy)

          • thisoldspouse

            Such empty epithets, spewed by an empty, evil mind. Care to address some of the things you disagree with?

          • Porkie

            “The irony completely escapes you that no one can hold a candle to your own hatred”

        • thisoldspouse

          I’m surprised that FascistBook hasn’t banned you for “hate” yet, Gina. I’ve decided to ban that homo-infested site pre-emptively.

          They are indeed a Sodom-like crowd surrounding Lot’s house, aren’t they?

          • WXRGina

            Yes, Spouse, that’s a good analogy. It’s been mostly quiet on my page (I only signed up back in October), but every once in a while, a herd of mindless, screeching, wailing liberal trolls swoops in in response to–I guess–one of them posting my column somewhere they frequent. I suppose they think they can “overwhelm” simply by sheer volume, because they certainly are underwhelming in truth, reason and logic.

          • Porkie

            re the analogy thing – you flatter yourself rather too much if you are thinking that their attention is driven by a desire to force themselves on you sexually.

          • WXRGina

            Whatever you’re talking about, I’m guessing makes sense in your head.

          • Porkie

            Pretty obvious, the analogy – “They are indeed a Sodom like crowd surrounding Lot’s house” You have read the story haven’t you?

          • WXRGina

            Umm, you apparently missed Spouse’s meaning there, bud, but I got it, and that’s all that matters.

          • Porkie

            So enlighten me?

          • Guest

            Um, you apparently missed Spouse’s meaning there, bud. I got it, and that’s all that matters.

        • Larry Gist

          Funny how you can dish it out but can’t take it. Just like a Conservative, if the discussion gets too hot or close to the truth you just shut it down. Kind of like Darrel Issa…

        • lenscraft

          You spread the gospel of the prince of evil. I turn my back to you, and all good Christians should.

      • Porkie

        “You believe in a sugar coated Jesus, fake Jesus who doesn’t exist in scripture” – an ironic response to someone quoting scripture.
        The scriptures are a mirror we can all find ourselves reflected there, Ask yourself; why is all you see hate?

        • thisoldspouse

          God told us to hate the right things. There is nothing wrong with righteous anger at sin, at what God himself hates.

          Yes, God hates. And he commands us to as well.

          • Porkie

            Enjoy your hate filled life.

          • thisoldspouse

            The irony completely escapes you that no one can hold a candle to your own hatred and that of homosexual activists.

          • Porkie

            No one? oh come now, you are really underestimating yourself and those organised religions who over the millennia have committed genocide, tortured, murdered, stolen, enslaved and raped.

          • thisoldspouse

            Sure, “religions,” notably the Roman Catholic religion, have committed atrocities. Why wouldn’t Satan don the cloak of religion in order to disparage it?

          • Porkie

            Joshua 10:28

          • Porkie

            Joshua 6 :24, 10:28, 10:30, Numbers 31:18

    • Matthew T. Mason

      “People are allowed to do anything they want without limit,” said Jesus never.

      • lenscraft

        “Gay people are bad” said Jesus never.

        • Porkie

          He was a little miffed about divorce and consequent adultery (evangelical Christians have the highest divorce rates).

          • thisoldspouse

            He also defined true marriage without apology or excuse.

          • Porkie

            Yep, I wait with bated breath for the “evangelical community” to launch a campaign against divorce and subsequent marriage.

          • thisoldspouse

            Many already are. It is a scourge of modern Christianity that the sin of divorce has been so tolerated. I don’t think you’ll find many committed Christians who agree with this practice.

  • flakingnapstich

    If Christians were as persecuted in the West as the Christian Right claims, Ms. Miller would have been executed by a theocratic elite by now. The very fact that she can spew such absurdities in complete physical safety is proof positive that her claims are hyperbole and fluff.

  • ScottJL

    1 Timothy 2:11-12

    11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Because ti could not be a “Christians” are reaping what they sow. No sir, no way that could be what is happening.

  • Find the Truth

    This woman needs assistance from the mental health profession!

    • Porkie

      Thank God for Obamacare!

    • thisoldspouse

      Would you involuntarily commit her, if you had the power?

  • John Masters

    “How then is it that word despises Christians….” The world doesn’t despise Christians writ large…for the most part. In this country, what is despised are people like Barber who cloak themselves in religiosity as pretense for spreading hatred and bigotry…things most certainly not Christian.

  • lenscraft

    People like Gina are tools of Satan, spreading hatred in the devil’s name but lying (of course) and saying they’re doing God’s work.

    • thisoldspouse

      You invoke a God whom you despise by your own actions. Insanity.

      • Porkie

        How does questioning the validity of Ms. Miller’s argument equate to despising God?

      • lenscraft

        A god whom I despise by treating my fellow man with love and respect? Apparently your god isn’t the one I’m invoking. I’m invoking Jesus Christ, who preached peace, humility, and love for your fellow man. It’s Satan who preaches hatred. Perhaps you should stop burning the black candles, spouse.

        • thisoldspouse

          Jesus preached hatred also. You apparently believe in the fake, sugar-coated “jesus” of the Left, regurgitated doctrine from the mouths of those who hate God.

          “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife,
          and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he
          cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26

          Now, I realize that this “hate” in context means subordination to a higher love. But that is what true Christians also mean. However, even this it is counted as “hatred” by the homosexual Left.

          • lenscraft

            Again the satanism. Hatred == love. That’s not what Jesus meant… he meant that sometimes you would have to choose morality over family, and that would be a difficult and painful choice. Unfortunately many (including the author above) distort this passage to glorify hatred and bigotry, and that is the work of Satan.
            Revelation 13:1-18

  • Livy4506

    Is this a joke or possibly mental illness?

  • Cozman57

    I truly doubt that Christians are as persecuted as you believe. It sounds like you’ve been reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs a little too much. The truth is quite the opposite. I live in a town of 1200 people. There are 5 churches. A Southern Baptist, Assembly of God, Church of God, Church of Christ, and a Methodist Church. None of the members are restricted in how their church is run. No police stand in front of the doors. No protesters shout and throw things to disrupt services. No auditors checks their books. No one monitors the pastor’s sermons or makes sure he is using the authorized bible. In short no one is persecuted in my little town or any other town.

    You are mistaking persecution with disagreement and not getting your way. Like my 14 year old grandchild acts when she doesn’t get to do something because mom or dad says no. She shouts, “You’re persecuting me!” No honey, you just don’t get your way, you’re mad, and you’re self-centered. Same thing with christians. American Christians at least.

    When was the last time we had a public beheading of a baptist pastor? Sunday school teacher? Youth pastor? NEVER!!! When was the last time you were arrested as you made your way out of church? Never. How many times this week did a bunch of nasty old atheists burn the bible? None (Although there have been a couple idiots burning korans, and one KJV only wacko burning a NIV). Please!!! Whine to someone else. American christians have it great!

    • CajunPatriot

      It was only a few years ago that I was in St. Louis handing out brochures, with a simple outline of salvation through Christ Jesus alone. Several beat city policemen came up to me and asked for a brochure, which I gladly gave them. After looking it over, they told me I could hand out the brochures unless I had a permit from the city.

      If I continued handing out the brochures, I would be arrested. I looked around me and there were people on 3 of the 4 corners handing out brochures or fliers and selling something. On one corner Hare Krishnas were selling small trinkets they had made. I asked the cops where were their permits from the city? They walked away without answering. I was the only one confronted and threatened. Freedom of speech was applicable to Hare Krishnas and people peddling counterfeit designer handbags and illegally duplicated DVDs, but not to someone handing out informative brochures and selling and asking for nothing.

      You are correct, though in general. So far, in this nation we have it easy, maybe too easy. A Christian translator and pastor in Kano, Nigeria was taken into the public square, a truck tire put around his neck and filled with diesel oil and set on fire by Muslims in his region. His family was forced to watch the execution. This pastor helped our group to drill and put in the first fresh water wells in that region which provides water to all people, including Muslims. I could tell you of friends and associates in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other locations who are no longer on this earth, due to the terminal persecution they received, but your general gist is correct–Americans have generally been spared of these.

      • Porkie

        I’ll see your pastor and raise you two gay men beaten to death by planks whilst a crowd stood and did nothing.

        • CajunPatriot

          My friend, I have been there when a fellow classmate was attacked by two football players and I jumped in and gave him enough time to escape and run for help. This classmate was homosexual. I hate the sin, but love the sinner. I received a black eye, a broken nose and cracked ribs for that effort, so many decades ago.

          Just a little over a decade ago, I intervened when a gang cornered several young men who later told me they were kissing in New Orleans during Mardi Gras when the gang came toward them and said they would kill them. I was shot in my leg for that effort.

          Yes, there are some who would sit and watch, as happened just few days ago at Daytona Beach area when a young woman drove her car into the Atlantic with her children aboard. Many men and women were sunning themselves and were nearby and did nothing. A quick thinking youngster arose and ran for the life guards located some distance away and helped to save the lives of the woman and her children.

          I cannot answer for others, why they don’t help others in a time of great danger. I have helped. I will. My wife has. She will. My pastor has. He will. My sister has. She will, and I know many others that have and will. I am sorry that you don’t.

          • Porkie

            Mon ami,
            I am glad that you follow your faith and respect and love ALL of god’s children. It does my cynical heart good. But this article and the responses to it are inspired by the conceit that “Christians(are) (Really) the World’s Most Persecuted Group” So I will just ask when was the last time that you were forced to intervene to protect someone being physically threatened or brutalised because of their christian faith?
            And I hope that I have always stood up against those who seek to harm there fellow man for ANY reason.

          • CajunPatriot

            Since I am older now, my involvement is less than it was when I was younger, but I can answer your question this way…

            …the last time I heard of a intervention to prevent bodily harm coming to a Christian witness in this country was last week. A teenager who attends a public school one district over from the school at which my wife teaches in the inner city was beaten by several boys at his school as he told them about his faith in Christ. These boys told the principal that they were angry at the young man because he was “wearing a “Duck Dynasty” shirt, and…” {telling them about that “f…. sh….”} There remain many places in this country where witnesses for Christ experience negative and even violent responses. Ask the pastors who have outreaches in East L.A. or inner city Atlanta, or various other places. David Wilkerson faced many of these threats and violence threats. Dr. Hubert Lindsay was beaten and left for dead by the Hells Angels. Unpublicized, untelevised, and thus largely unknown witnesses for Christ.

            When several pastors and church congregations went to present alternatives to abortion and hand out informational brochures, their telephone voice mails were quickly filled with very violent threats upon them. Several were investigated by law enforcement.

            As far as being the “World’s Most Persecuted Group” that can easily be established by looking at the huge amount of persecution against Christians in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Libya, Morocco, Albania, China, and other countries.

            If Foxe’s Book of Martyrs was updated to include the violence, maiming, flailing, tongues cut out, heads cut off, and other forms of torture and death to Christians over the past several hundred years around the world would be startling. Keep in mind all the communist dictators who are most responsible for the mass killing the past more than 100 years chose Christians among the first to die under their regimes.

            My prayers and best are with you. My wife and I have been asked to attend a training seminar to apply new techniques and systems to help “special” students. That is a group of kids are really misunderstood and often abused. Several have been attacked by other students, just because they were different. My wife was injured in one of these altercations.

          • Porkie

            hey! I used to work with students requiring special support I certainly know how much you will be needed – Congrats! But back to the subject of the post

            ” World’s Most Persecuted Group” that can easily be established by looking at the huge amount of persecution against Christians in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Libya, Morocco, Albania, China, and other countries.”

            All of those countries have appalling records of abuses of and some even routinely execute their LGBTQ citizens, Google it if you have a strong stomach. Or check out the Amnesty International website – this group also works to help those persecuted because of their faith.
            Whilst I do not under value the horror of the awful and unreasoned attack on the boy in your wife’s school, I would also ask you honestly how many attacks such as this take place in any given year? (this is not to underestimate the gravity of the attack). Then I would point out that lesbian gay and transgendered youth make up a relatively small part of the campus 5 – 10 percent. (and those who are open about their sexuality a fraction of that number) compared to what, 73 percent for christians? Then look at the number of attacks against LGBTQ children in the school system – ask your wife
            The worlds most persecuted group? I am afraid the numbers don’t add up. And again congratulations on your future work with children in difficulty I am sure you will also get masses out of it – I know that I did!

      • Cozman57

        I remember ready the story about the incident in Nigeria. It’s sad and horrifying that people are treated in such fashion. At the same time, I often wonder what would happen if Muslims were standing on the street corners handing out Korans, or knocking on doors to witness, or other public activities that Christians regularly engage in here in the USA. We’ve already witnessed the efforts of the crackpot in Florida, and the desecration of Mosques, and the angry response to the Muslim Center in New York. Maybe they would be eventually accepted as were the Catholic church when it first came to America. Catholic churches were burned off and on for a couple of decades before they were finally accepted. From my study of history I have discovered that it is all a matter of perspective.

  • James Lopure

    Just ask yourself this: In America, would you rather be a Christian trying to go to church on Sunday morning, or a same-gender couple trying to obtain a marriage license? The answer will tell you who’s the persecuted and who’s the persecutor.

    And, by the way Ms. Miller — please never stop promoting your views; there’s no better recruitment tool for progressives than right-wing rants. Sunlight exposes all.

    • Matthew T. Mason

      The answer is, I’d rather be a Christian.

      • Larry Gist

        Fine that is YOUR choice – leave the rest of us who do not share your CHOSEN delusion alone!

    • thisoldspouse

      I’m glad you segregated these toe designations, because they are polar opposites.

      • Porkie

        Toe???!

        • thisoldspouse

          Corrected.

  • Pb2Au

    Christians are persecuted? Maybe in the Middle East and other parts of the world, but that is complete nonsense in this country. Let’s see what kind of “persecution” Christians are being subjected to in modern America.
    (1) They cannot use some public events — high school graduations — as a forum to proselytize. Now, they can do that in student clubs, in the campus quad, in private conversations, on the street corner, on the radio and on television, and, of course, in church. However, you cannot do it when you have an effectively captive audience (like kids in a classroom, playing on a school football team, or attending their own graduation).
    (2) As a business owner, you cannot use your own religious beliefs as an excuse to deny services to others because their sex, orientation, race, religion, etc. Do we really want to live in a world where the only pharmacist or dentist in some rural town could refuse to provide medication or treatment to a gay man simply because he believes that his illness is some kind of punishment from God? You’re going to tell me that the health professional is being persecuted by this? (3) The military cannot (or at least should not) be used to advance the cause of one religion over another. Our servicemen and women are not missionaries. They are soldiers and professionals with a well-defined secular purpose.
    I could go on and on but I won’t. According to the Christian faith, Jesus was persecuted and crucified, with nails being driven into His hands and feet. To equate (or even approximate) the pseudo-persecution you claim to suffer as an American citizen with what your own Lord suffered is absurd in the extreme. This is not martyrdom or suffering; it is merely how people get along in a spiritually diverse democracy.

    • Porkie

      I am afraid that I have to disagree with you ;
      “As a business owner, you cannot use your own religious beliefs as an excuse to deny services to others because their ……orientation”

      In more than half the states of the union LGBTQ people have no protection under the law so business owners are free to discriminate against them for any reason they may choose.

  • Guest

    Grow up you grotesque, uneducated, fake Christian, Nazi barbarian whore.

  • Brian Keener

    Christians aren’t persecuted. Only a certain brand of kraal-minded old church ladies like Perkins, Barber, Sprigg, et al have lost their prime market stall in the Temple. And they’re being cry-babies.

  • MM237

    It’s disgusting that there is so much hate in these replies.

    • thisoldspouse

      I think so too. No one can hate like the Gaystapo.

      • Porkie

        Stop being coy you know that we learned everything from you guys!

    • Porkie

      Isn’t life’s rich tapestry fascinating? You only see hate in the replies where I see hate in the article.

  • Ray

    Matt Barber proves he’ll publish ANYTHING for a buck.

  • lenscraft

    I will believe that Christians aren’t the World’s Most Persecuted Group™ on the day when a Christian can hold the highest office in the land. When that day comes, I’ll believe that Christians have finally achieved equality with all of the other religions.

  • thisoldspouse

    Why do leftist faux “Christians” always appeal to what they think Jesus implied, but refuse to believe what He explicitly said?

    We fundamentalists are always ridiculed and smeared as crazy for saying that we are, or should be, “born again.” But that is EXACTLY what Jesus told us must happen before we can see the Kingdom of Heaven.

    There are many other examples almost too numerous to mention of how the Left repudiates Jesus words, but they would not accept it if I told them.

    • Larry Gist

      Uh maybe because you interpret “exactly” what was said to agree with your own world view. The story of the fishes and the loaves is a PERFECT example of Jesus taking from one and giving it to all the people there that were perfectly able to go get their own lunch, yet Jesus was a good Socialist and took from one and gave to many. Jesus also told TWO rich men to give up all they own and follow him. I don’t see very many rich Christians doing that these days. I see them taking from the many for themselves. So tell me again about your militant Jesus and I will tell you until I am RED in the face how wrong you really are. You twist Jesus into some grotesque hate-monger, a rifle toting, abortion hating Amerikan, when in truth he was a humble Jew fighting against the religious establishment of his day, Pharisees and Publicans who prayed loudly to God on every corner of the city, just like the AFA’s and FRC’s, Tony Perkins’ and Tim Wildmon’s of today. Jesus would SPIT in their faces for calling themselves followers of him, I hope he would spit in your nasty face as well your dried up old prune.

      • thisoldspouse

        Jesus or his disciples didn’t mug the boy for the loaves and fishes. Above all else, Jesus respected property rights – far from being a socialist position.

        And you seriously think that Jesus does NOT hate abortion? Wow!!! You are one deluded, sick soul.

    • Porkie

      You mean like Not accumulating worldly goods, giving to the poor, loving your enemy and supporting those of faiths that differ to your own – Muslims for example?

      • thisoldspouse

        Who are you to say that I, or even ALL Christians, do these things you accuse us of?

        • Susan Montgomery

          Since
          there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore
          command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your
          land.” Deuteronomy 15:11.

          Note the pointed absence of “if you have the time” or “If you feel like it” or “unless you think your property rights are more important” attached to that command from god. Notice how few good christians follow it.

          Although, maybe the bible isn’t the best rulebook:

          15 Moses said to them, “Have you allowed all the women to live? 16 These women here, on Balaam’s advice, made the Israelites act treacherously against the Lord in the affair of Peor, so that the plague came among the congregation of the Lord. 17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man by sleeping with him. 18 But all the young girls who have not known a man by sleeping with him, keep alive for yourselves. Numbers 31:15 – 31:18

        • Porkie

          The point is THAT YOU DON’T And these things are primordial – Christ does not spend too much time (any in fact ) on homosexuality but goes out of his way to repeat your obligations to your fellow man.
          You talk of “a sugar coated Jesus, fake Jesus who doesn’t exist in scripture” So why do you have money in your checking account? “Jesus respected property rights”? So what is render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s if not a call to distance yourself from the material world?

          Yet the christian right have come up with the “prosperity gospel” another way to poor scorn on those around you but hold yourself up for glory.
          You have created your own sugar coated Jesus who shares your own hate and your small-mindedness and he certainly doesn’t exist in scripture.

  • BillTheCat45

    OHS NOES, Barbed Liar deleted my previous post!

    KEEP CRYING DELICIOUS TEARS LOSERS!

  • bkurtin

    Hmm…Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. That is fascinating to me as a Jew. How would those who think Christians are being attacked relate to members of the Ba’ha’i faith? They are considered worse than the worst by Islam. Jews, of course, have been the world’s most convenient scapegoat since the first pogrom in Alexandra, Egypt.

    If Christianity really wants to be attacked, let’s talk about Paul turning Jesus’ words around. Of course Paul never met Jesus, but Jesus said, “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18. Paul totally dismissed Jesus’ words and said that y’all are saved by FAITH alone.

    Could THAT be the reason that Christians think they’re being attacked? Or perhaps it is because God said that he despised human sacrifices, that the man who sins will die for his sins and that nobody can be forgiven except that God forgave him. Is that it?
    Oh no, that’s not it. Could it be that Christianity adopted pagan ideas that gods become men and that men become gods? Nahh. After all, it wasn’t until the Nicene Fathers met before Jesus was called God even though God cannot become man and vice-versa.
    Nope none of that is what make Christians feel uneasy. It is equal rights for gay people to marry. OH MY GOD! Christianity is under attack! After all, in the Torah is says…nothing about marriage. Christians have adopted the Hebrew Scriptures and turned them on their head. The myth about Adam and Eve is just that…a MYTH. We know that human life began in Africa, that humans EVOLVED in Africa, that is a proven fact. That means that God did not make man out of a mud puddle…the entire event was dreamed up by the people who wrote the first chapter of Genesis.
    And guess what else? The Earth is NOT 6,000 years old, no, no, no…it is about 4.3 BILLION yeas old.
    Why are churches losing membership in the United States? Could it be the hate it spews out? Could it be that people no longer believe in a God who would burn people in an everlasting pit of fire because they didn’t believe in Jesus? Yup. What kind of a nasty deity would do that to the people he created?
    And while I’m having fun, what kind of a religion has enormous, huge, ginormous places called churches that brings in millions and millions of dollars from people who can least afford it. And heaven forbid if those people need a hand…that’s all they’ll get, a hand closing the door in their faces.
    Yes, I am a Jew. No, I am not a Christian of any stripe because I cannot begin to swallow that anyone died 2,000 years ago for my sins when God said that each person is responsible for their own sins.
    Am I against Christianity? No. I’ve known many real Christians who practice what Jesus preached. Keep in mind that Jesus was Jewish. He didn’t try to start a new religion. No, Paul did that. So I hold dear the real Christians who follow what Jesus said, not the phony preachers who preach a fire escape religion.
    Sorry, folks, I said what I truly believe. I could not say anything different and be true to myself and others. I bear real Christians no enmity, I embrace them as my brothers and sisters. The ones I despise are the people on the political right who actually HATE people who are different from them. They hate blacks, Jews, gays, lesbians…that isn’t what Jesus said, he quoted Leviticus when he said to love your neighbor as yourself. He didn’t say HATE YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU. Gays don’t choose who they are attracted to, that is something that happened to them in the womb. But the mean, hateful people who have the gall to call themselves Christians yet hate others in their hearts. Jesus called that murder.
    I’m finished. Have I attacked any of you? I’m not sorry if I did. For those who follow Jesus and what he said, we’re brothers and sisters, the rest of you please stay away from me.

  • Think

    I dislike non christian spiritual assertions as well, new age, Islam ect. Not because of demons, but because they are self indulgent fantasy used by many to exploit the gullible, but also because they bring nothing to the table as far equipping humanity with a sober assessment of reality.
    It’s all belligerence practiced by people who simply can’t confront the challenges of the world, and at a time when we must be our most creative, compassionate, and reasonable in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century, these practices offer up nothing but emotionally charged ravings.

  • John Samuels

    I am the most persecuted said every religion ever.

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