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A decade of analysis from Pew details what global faith leaders already know: From China to Europe, from the Middle East to the US, persecution is climbing.Ahead of a US State Department gathering being touted as “the biggest religious freedom event ever,” a new report showcases how persecution is getting worse—especially for Christians, the most-harassed religious group in the world—and becoming more widespread.Hostility against religious minorities spans longstanding hotspots in the Middle East and North Africa to Western contexts in Europe and the Americas, according to a comprehensive analysis released today from the Pew Research Center.Christians endured more pushback than any other religious group each year from 2007 to 2017, when they faced harassment in 143 countries (that’s one fewer than in 2016, but markedly higher than before), researchers found. This week, Sam Brownback, the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, has organized the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a summit in Washington to strengthen international commitments to religious freedom. “There is no common theology in this discussion, but it is towards a common human right,” Brownback said of the event, which is expected to draw up to 1,000 religious and civil society leaders from around the world. “And that human right is that everybody is entitled to be able to practice their faith peacefully and without fear.”The recent Pew release builds on earlier reports that looked at year-over-year change and offers a decade-long picture of religious freedom’s global decline—and the need for greater political action to curb the trend. Christians remain the largest and most harassed faith community, but Muslims are not far behind, with reports of political or social oppression in 140 countries in 2017. ...Continue reading...
A decade of analysis from Pew details what global faith leaders already know: From China to Europe, from the Middle East to the US, persecution is climbing.Ahead of a US State Department gathering being touted as “the biggest religious freedom event ever,” a new report showcases how persecution is getting worse—especially for Christians, the most-harassed religious group in the world—and becoming more widespread.Hostility against religious minorities spans longstanding hotspots in the Middle East and North Africa to Western contexts in Europe and the Americas, according to a comprehensive analysis released today from the Pew Research Center.Christians endured more pushback than any other religious group each year from 2007 to 2017, when they faced harassment in 143 countries (that’s one fewer than in 2016, but markedly higher than before), researchers found. This week, Sam Brownback, the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, has organized the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a summit in Washington to strengthen international commitments to religious freedom. “There is no common theology in this discussion, but it is towards a common human right,” Brownback said of the event, which is expected to draw up to 1,000 religious and civil society leaders from around the world. “And that human right is that everybody is entitled to be able to practice their faith peacefully and without fear.”The recent Pew release builds on earlier reports that looked at year-over-year change and offers a decade-long picture of religious freedom’s global decline—and the need for greater political action to curb the trend. Christians remain the largest and most harassed faith community, but Muslims are not far behind, with reports of political or social oppression in 140 countries in 2017. ...Continue reading...
When a group of senior citizens in Washington State were told they could no longer pray or recite the pledge of allegiance at their community center, they reached out to the one organization they knew would help – the American Legion. The board of directors at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan Island […]The post Senior Center Compares Pledge of Allegiance to Nazism appeared first on Todd Starnes.
Dozens of citizens in St. Louis Park, Minnesota chanted, “USA, USA” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance in defiance of city council leaders. The city council voted to stop reciting the pledge before meetings because it might offend newcomers to the community. “We concluded that in order to create a more welcoming environment to a […]The post Rebellion! Citizens Defy City Council and Recite Pledge of Allegiance appeared first on Todd Starnes.
If there is any group of people who should believe in the dignity of every human because they are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), it is Christians. Indeed, Bible-believing Christians believe that regardless of any physical, national, or social differences, all people are created equal at birth and should be treated with dignity and respect (Romans 10:12). Furthermore, within the church body, we believe that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. We all come to Christ the same way—through Jesus—and there is no difference in any Christian's worth to God or inclusion in the church body (Galatians 3:28).These are the ideas the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights….”But these are not the same ideas behind the Equality Act currently working its way through the United States Congress. Seeking to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equality Act makes two serious errors:It makes sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes. The Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” in public accommodations. But the Equality Act changes the meaning of “sex” from its basic biological meaning of male or female and specifically defines it to include:(A) a sex stereotype;(B) pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; (C) sexual orientation or gender identity; and(D) sex characteristics, including intersex traits. It eliminates use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The RFRA provides protection to religious exercise (already protected under the US Constitution). The Equality Act passed in the US House of Representatives by a 236-173 vote. On May 20, 2019, it was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, where it remains at the time of this writing. Why should Christians be concerned? 1. It categorizes basic Bible beliefs as discriminatory. Bible-believing Christians have always taught that God created mankind in His image and in only two possible genders—male and female, which are the core of who we are on a created level (Genesis 1:27). God created marriage as a union between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24).God created sexual intimacy as a beautiful part of marriage but forbids any sexual acts outside of marriage (Hebrews 13:4) and specifically forbids homosexual acts (Romans 1:26–27).These are convictions that Bible-believing people have held for thousands of years. They are not recently-made up to discriminate against any person or group of people. But the Equality Act sees any real conviction on these in a way that might impact a person's conscience or a church or religious group as categorically discriminatory. This could impact churches, Christian colleges, or other Christian organizations' hiring processes. It could force Christian adoption agencies to place babies in homes with same-sex couples. And this is just the beginning of the far-reaching ramifications when the government takes it upon itself to define basic religious beliefs as bigoted and intolerant.2. It endangers children and removes parental protection for minors. The bill specifically states: “an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.'' One of the reasons we as a society have gender-segregated restrooms is to provide protection and privacy for women and girls. This bill removes that protection allowing a man who identifies as a woman to enter a women's restroom, locker room, dressing room, or any other shared facility. “Shared facilities” could even include domestic violence shelters. Even more egregious, because of the broad-sweeping definitions in this bill, it could also limit parental protection for children who are confused regarding their gender identity, literally requiring doctors to give them life-altering medical treatments without their parents' consent. An article by the Heritage Foundation gave specific incidents where this is already happening in states that have imposed a similar law. This simply must not be allowed to pass at a federal level. 3. It suppresses religious liberty.Religious liberty is one of the great gifts of the American Constitution. When that Constitution becomes radically redefined to enforce the subjective identification of a person onto the objective reality of others (such as a man who identifies as a woman into a woman's restroom), objective personal freedom is left unprotected. When the government takes it upon itself to define basic Bible beliefs as discriminatory, religious liberty is thrown under the bus. James Dobson called the Equality Act “a thinly veiled attempt to finish off religious liberty in America once and for all, which ought to be plainly obvious based upon a cursory reading of the First Amendment.” In the same article, he further explained, “This decision demonstrates a frightening willingness by those on the left to advance a radical social agenda at a time when our nation already faces so many other divisive challenges. Simply put, by creating a protected class of citizens out of the LGBT community, this bill places Christians who believe in traditional marriage at grave legal and civil jeopardy.”So while Christians have always believed that every person should be treated with equal dignity as image bearers of God, they should stand in opposition to this misguided bill. The Equality Act does not protect people from discrimination; it suppresses religious liberty, endangers children, and discriminates against basic Bible beliefs. I would encourage you to pray that this bill is defeated and to also call your US Senators to ask them to vote against this bill.
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