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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

India’s Christians facing increased persecution

Prophecy Sign:  Increased Christian persecution

Of the articles related to today's blog entry regarding Christian persecution, we found the one about California judges being bared from belonging to the Boys Scouts to be absolutely incredulous. Are there not freedom of association laws in America and could not a Judge fight such Orwellian prohibitions on that basis?  Soon the entire judicial system will ban judges from belonging to religious organizations such as your local Church, (assuming your church still has a problem with homosexuality).  What is this world coming to?

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matthew 24:9 NIV

India’s Christians facing increased persecution
The second-most populous nation in the world, India is home to more than 1.2 billion people. And although Christians make up only about 2.5 percent of the population, they are increasingly under attack by Hindu extremists in this primarily Hindu country, according to one ministry working in the region.
The Christian Post recently reported that churches have been set on fire, and that according to the Archbishop of New Delhi, "A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks is emerging as more and more churches are targeted, vandalized, and set on fire." Indeed, the nation ranks 21st on this year's World Watch List, an annual list released by Open Doors which tracks nations where Christians face the most persecution.

How Gay Marriage is Pushing Christians into the Closet
Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could do for same-sex marriage what Roe v. Wade did for abortion-on-demand.  What concerns me, besides the obvious prospect of having marriage permanently redefined in American law, is the impact of such a ruling on religious freedom. As you know from listening to BreakPoint, there is ample reason for concern on that score. Recent events have demonstrated that the clash between gay rights and religious freedom is a zero-sum game.

UK Christian School Shut Down for Having ‘Discriminatory Views’ Toward Other Faiths
A Christian school in the UK is being shut down and another under scrutiny after investigators quizzed random students and found them to have “discriminatory views” toward others. According to reports, last November, members of the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) visited Durham Free School for an inspection, and declared the educational institution to be substandard. “Leaders are failing to prepare students for life in modern Britain,” said lead inspector Joan Hewitt. “Some students hold discriminatory views of other people who have different faiths, values or beliefs from themselves.” One of the inspectors had reportedly asked one 12-year-old boy what a Muslim is, and the child responded by making references to terrorist activity. OFSTED saw this as being problematic. As a result of the findings, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that she was cutting funding to the school, which is now expected to shut down.

Fire chief's ouster beginning of the end for Christians?
The widespread coverage could signal that the media elites are sending a message to America that this is about to become standard procedure: Speak out of turn, even in your private life, in a way that offends the LGBT community, and you lose your job. “It’s a chilling effect, said John Whitehead, president and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a legal defense and civil liberties organization. “Free speech in America, in my opinion, is basically dying. It’s being filtered by the national media and being scooped up and evaluated by the government.”

California bars judges from belonging to Boy Scouts
California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges' affiliation with the organization. In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.

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