ISIS is committing genocide – and worse – against Christians

Reading an article like this is an antidote to thinking that we have problems.  It is hard to believe the brutality that is taking place as our president and government devote so much time to trivialities and mendacities.  These are our brothers and sisters who are being so cruelly treated.

O God, forgive our sins and give us leaders who will love You and Your idea of what is right.  We are so far from this now.  

(5-minute read; 1,211 words)

Source: Isis Genocide Mideast — U.S. Must Take Refugees| National Review Online

Is Christianity In The Middle East Coming To An End?

It’s easy for American Christians to be oblivious to what’s happening with Christians in the Middle East.  What’s happening to Christians in that part of the world now is worse than anything that has happened to them in almost 2,000 years.  That’s how bad things have become.  The video clip runs 5:10.

John Rhys-Davies: We have lost our moral compass completely | Fox News

Excerpt:

Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the “Lord of the Rings” movies told Carolla “we have lost our moral compass completely” and said he fears the end of “Western European Christian civilization.”

“Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out. I mean not just ideologically but physically, and people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians. And your country and my country are doing nothing about it,” he said.

(1-minute read; 202 words)

Source: John Rhys-Davies: We have lost our moral compass completely | Fox News

Court Rules Baker Must Design Cakes for Gay Marriages

 

What do you think America’s Founding Fathers would think if someone had told them that one day the government they created would coerce people to violate their Christian convictions?

Opening excerpt:

A custom cake baker in suburban Denver can’t cite his religious convictions in declining to make a wedding cake for two men, a Colorado appeals court ruled today.

“Cake artist” Jack Phillips said he gladly serves gays and lesbians in his family business. But, Phillips said, he could not in good conscience design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple when, as a Christian, he believes marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that not doing so amounts to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, Associated Press reported.

(3-minute read; 807 words)

Source: Court Rules Baker Must Design Cakes for Gay Marriages

Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness Outside America

I’ve previously posted Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness in America in order to keep track of some of the specific cases that have come and gone in the news.  Given that, I thought it might make sense to keep track of some of the persecution that is simultaneously taking place around the world.  Here’s a start; I’ll add to this list over time.

August 21, 2015  –  ISIS Is ‘Beheading, Raping, Selling’ Christians While Obama Does Nothing, Justice Group Asserts  (Breitbart.com)

August 20, 2015  –  Is Christianity In The Middle East Coming To An End? (FoxNews video clip)

August 13, 2015  –  Christians Used as ‘Form of Currency’ by ISIS as Mass Kidnappings Continue (Breitbart.com)

August 5, 2015  – Why Is the World Turning a Blind Eye to the ‘Eradication’ of Christians in the Middle East? (Cato Institute senior fellow Doug Bandow speaks in a discussion on ISIS and Boko Haram at the Family Research Council office in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 4, 2015)

August 1, 2015  –  Boko Haram Slits the Throats of 16 Christian Fishermen (Breitbart.com)

July 30, 2015  –  Pope Warns of “Genocide” as Persecution of Christians Rises Worldwide (Breitbart.com)

November 10, 2015  –  The Most Persecuted Group in the World? Christians (a post on this blog)

Related post:  Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness in America

It Gets Worse for the Christian Bakers in Oregon

Two new developments in the case of Melissa and Aaron Klein (Sweet Cakes Bakery) who were preliminarily fined $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex “marriage.”

1. The preliminary ruling of a $135,000 was made firm and final.

2. The Kleins were ordered to be silent about the case.

Opening excerpt (bold print added):

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

Where would this couple be with the pro bono legal work performed on their behalf ?  They are not even doing very well with it.

And, by the way, a same-sex couple deserves $135,000 ($75,000 to one woman and $60,000 to the other) for the “harm” done to them by the Kleins’ declination?  There were no other bakers in the area willing to take the couples’ business?  No offense to the Kleins, but can their cakes be that much better than everyone else’s?

(4-minute read; 831 words)

Source: Ore. Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbians

International Agencies Confirm Thousands of ISIS Executions – including Children, including Crucifixion

While the American news media reports on the latest Hollywood trivia, this is some of what’s happening in the world:

Excerpts:

The blood-soaked executioners of ISIS have spared neither women nor children since the jihadist army established its caliphate a year ago, putting an estimated 74 kids and even more women to death for such offenses as practicing “magic” and not fasting during Ramadan.

A total of 3,027 people have been executed by ISIS since it declared itself a state under strict Islamic law in Syria and Iraq last June, according to a new report by the UK-based group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Just this week, two children whose ages were not known were crucified in the Mayadin, Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria after ISIS accused them of not properly fasting during Ramadan.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child released a report in February, documenting the many horrors ISIS has imposed on children who are Kurdish, Yazidi, Christian and even Muslim. Children – even those who are mentally challenged – are being tortured, crucified, buried alive, used as suicide bombers and sold as sex slaves, the report said.

(4-minute read; 892 words)

Source: 74 children executed by ISIS for ‘crimes’ that include refusal to fast, report says | Fox News