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Growing Christian Persecution Becoming a Greater Point of Concern for U.S. Christians

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United States – A poll released by Aid to the Church in Need-USA on March 17 indicated that Catholics are becoming increasingly concerned about persecution of Christians around the world. The number of those saying they are ‘very concerned’ about persecution rose from 41% in 2020 to 67% in 2021.

Persecution of Christians continues to be prevalent across the globe and has increased sharply in recent years and takes many different forms. For instance, in India, Prime Minister Modi and his BJP party, alongside Hindutva organizations like the RSS and VHP, continue to drive religious bigotry and hatred of non-Hindu Indians.

However, in neighboring Pakistan, prominent factions of the Muslim majority community continue to oppress Christians through the country’s notorious blasphemy laws, as well as other forms of communal and societal discrimination and persecution.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, radical Islamic factions in the northeast and radical Fulani militants continue to target and attack the predominantly Christian farmers in the country’s Middle Belt region.

Christians continue to be the most persecuted religious group around the world and face increasing levels of violence, discrimination, and hatred from various factions of society in numerous countries around the world.

Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern, said, “At ICC, part of our mission is to monitor and track the persecution of Christians around the world. While the problem is growing worse, we’re concerned that the church, in countries with abundant religious freedom guarantees, seems to be unconcerned about the plight of their brothers and sisters around the world. We are happy to see this poll indicating that concern is growing among the Catholic community and hope that other parts of the church will follow suit and begin engaging in this space more intentionally.”
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Bus accident in Peru; 20 were killed and 14 were injured

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Peru: At least 20 people were killed and 14 others injured in Peru after an interprovincial bus skidded and overturned in Sihuas province in the northern Ancash region, authorities said on Monday.

According to the Parobamba district municipality on its Facebook page, the “accident left 18 people dead on the spot, with two more dying while being transferred.”

The accident occurred at about 7:00 am local time on Monday in the Palo Seco area, when the bus, from the “Fama Tours SA” transport company, skidded and overturned.

It was returning from the areas of Huanchayllo and Parobamba and heading to Chimbote and Lima, after the passengers had voted in the general elections on Sunday, a local radio station reported.

Peru’s transport authorities said in a statement that it “has activated all intervention protocols to gather information related to the accident for determining appropriate measures.”

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‘The Science of Compliance’: Pastor Responds to Police Barricade of GraceLife Church

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“They are not interested in the science called virology. It is more like the science of compliance.”

Pastor Doug Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, took to his blog this morning to respond to the show of force against GraceLife Church in Canada.

Wilson, who became more widely known after his series of high profile debates with famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, in which Wilson offered stiff competition and a steady stream of witty comebacks.

Wilson’s piece, titled ‘Putting on Our Coates Coats’ confronts the disturbing news that spread across social media last week.
Coates recently served over a month in jail, only to be released and see his GraceLife Church building surrounded by fencing put up by the government. They were shut down, resulting in protests and an even larger police response.

Wilson argued that “ideas have consequences” and highlighted the differences between worldviews.

People act the way they do for reasons. As Richard Weaver taught us, ideas have consequences.

If you believe in God, if you think that the cosmos was created from nothing, if you believe that mankind was created in the image of God, then it is possible for you to believe that we have rights. And by rights, I do not mean privileges, but rather actual rights. These rights cannot be revoked by bureaucratic fiat, they cannot be abridged by executive order, and they cannot be adjusted or trimmed by the winners of elections, stolen or otherwise.

But if you don’t believe in God, if you believe that this material universe is a meaningless concourse of atoms, if you believe that life originated all by itself accidentally in a primordial goo-pond somewhere, and that we are simply simians that learned to shave, then it follows of necessity that we do not have any rights at all. We are nothing more than meat and bones and protoplasm.

Wilson said “the real travesty” occurs when followers of God go along with “the dictates of those who affirm the second scenario” and shouldn’t leave us surprised when a pastor like Coates stands up and “acts like a real pastor.”

He went on to argue that “flat refusal to cooperate” is the only way out.

“We have no business appealing to their god with any hope of getting the kind of determination that we would get if we were appealing to our God,” Wilson said.

“You can’t gather figs from thistles. You can’t get sweet water from a brackish spring. You know. You can’t order a Whopper at MacDonalds. You will not get Christian blessings from pagan gods.“
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