Persecution of Christians rising in 18 countries
Persecution of Christians is on the rise in at least 18 countries, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, due to growing jihadism and nationalism, according to the report released by Aid to the Church in Need.
An analysis of the persecution of Christians in 2020-2022, compared with 2017-2019, shows that the situation for Christians has become worse, or “slightly worse,” in at least 18 countries,
These countries include Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, India and Qatar, according to the report entitled “Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2020-22.”
In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul wrote, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Senator Lankford opposes homosexual marriage, chastises Senate
Before U.S. senators voted last Wednesday to end debate on legislation that would codify homosexual faux marriage and possibly group faux marriage into federal law, Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma denounced the measure, explaining that it threatens “the religious liberty of countless people across the country,” reports CNSNews.com.
From the floor of the Senate, Lankford reminded his colleagues about what President Barack Obama said after the Supreme Court legalized homosexual marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling in 2015.
LANKFORD: “After the Obergefell decision was made, President Obama spoke to the nation. He supported the Obergefell decision from the Supreme Court. But then he said this. ‘I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply-held beliefs. All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact, recognize different viewpoints, revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.’
“Great words that seem to be on the cutting room floor today. It hasn’t taken long for President Obama’s statement after the Obergefell decision to say, ‘Never mind!’”
(See Obama’s remarks at the 4:32-mark in this video)
In fact, Senator Lankford cited a unique anniversary last Wednesday which has been virtually deep-sixed.
LANKFORD: “Twenty-nine years ago today, President [Bill] Clinton signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And, 29 years later, Congress is saying, ‘Never mind!’ I find that a problem.”
Look at the 12 Republican Senators who, to their shame, voted to codify homosexual faux marriage, and possibly group faux marriage.
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