Ray Nothstine blog.acton.org October 14, 2013
“From Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity,” declared Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky). He made the comments in a speech discussing the slaughter of Christians at the 2013 Values Voter Summit on October 11. The Kentucky Senator added,
Across the globe, Christians are under attack, almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or if we lived under early Pagan Roman rule. . . It’s almost as if that is happening again throughout the Middle East.
Last month I noted that “We are living through a repaganizing of the West that was transformed and lifted up by Christendom.” Paul calls out the president and media for ignoring the slaughter, but in reality most people in the West are not paying any attention to the vicious attacks against Christians around the world. While this is in part due to the larger media blackout, the truth of the matter is that because of secularization, there is little spiritual discernment or clarity to recognize great evil. Perhaps the entertainment culture that fuels many American churches, driven by the perceived need to compete with the culture, exacerbates the ignorance on this issue too. Recently, Kristen Powers and Mollie Hemingway offered important articles highlighting the current plight of Christians around the world.
- Breaking: Western-backed Terrorists in Syria Slaughter Christians in Bombing
- Christians were dragged from St Paul’s while they prayed
- Christians under threat in Syria as Islamist extremists gain influence
- Some 100,000 Christians killed per year over faith, Vatican says
- Rand Paul: Obama’s Goal In Syria Is To “Fight To A Stalemate”
- Brotherhood Imposes Jizya Tribute on Egypt’s Christians
- Obama’s “Rebels” Take Over South Egypt Town of 20,000 Christians (GENOCIDE)
- Resurgent Russia: The Hope of Persecuted Christians
- Video: ‘I Hate Christians and Am Disgusted by Them’ – Muslim Cleric
- In Egypt, Media Sympathizes with Muslim Brotherhood, Persecution of Christians Ignored
- Egypt’s coup puts fearful Christians in a corner
- THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD
- Post-Arab Spring Egypt’s ‘Legal’ Persecution of Christians
- Obama Funding Syrian Rebels Beheading Christians, Using Child Soldiers
A general view of Maaloula, northeast of the capital Damascus. Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters are believed to have gained control of the village
Villagers said they heard several foreign accents among the rebels, with many feared to be Al Qaeda fighters imported into the conflict. A villager said he heard mainly Tunisian, Libyan, Moroccan and Chechen dialects.
In a video posted online, a rebel commander shouted at the camera: ‘We cleansed Maaloula from all the Assad dogs and all his thugs.’ But Syria’s state news agency claimed the rebels had withdrawn and the regime had regained the village, saying: ‘The army inflicted heavy losses in the ranks of the terrorists.’