The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

News You Won't See on TV

Our politically correct and remarkably biased mainstream media can always be counted on to ignore any news that doesn't fit it's worldview, particularly when that news involves the persecution of Christians. Here are just a few of those intentionally overlooked news stories that I came across during less than a half-hour of browsing on the web. I've including a link to each story.

Christians tortured and enslaved in Sinai. This is a horrendous story involving kidnapping, torture, slavery and murder. It describes how more than 7,000 Eritrean Christians were taken from their homes and treated abominably by Arab Beduins. Probably 4,000 of them died as a result of this murderous treatment. Read the complete story, one you are not likely to see on the network evening news...and then ask yourself, "Why not? Why hasn't this been reported?"

Iranian Christians continue to be tried for apostasy and illegal worship. You may recall (if you get your news from non-mainstream sources) that Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor, was sentenced to eight years in prison last year for "starting a house church aimed to disrupt national security." Such trials are still taking place. Mostafa Bordbar, another Christian convert, is currently being tried in Iran's Revolutionary Court in Tehran. And he is just one of many Christians imprisoned simply because they are Christians. 

Port Said church attacked by Mursi supporters. Gunmen, thought to be supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, for the third time in 24 hours, attacked sites in Port Said. In this incident, the Islamists fired on the Mar Mina Church. Fortunately there were no casualties from the attack, although only three days earlier a Coptic priest was murdered in the coastal Sinai city of El Arish. His murder was preceded by attacks at four military checkpoints in the region. Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has been fierce in its criticism of Coptic Pope Tawadros who is the spiritual leader of Egypt's more than 8 million Coptic Christians. Under Mursi's government, strongly supported by most Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the persecution of Egyptian Christians increased dramatically in both frequency and intensity.

Saudis force Ramadan on non-Muslims. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation we consider, for some unknown reason, an ally, continues to display its unique brand of religious intolerance. During the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are required to fast from food, drink, and smoking during daylight hours, the authorities have decreed that all foreigners, including non-Muslims, must also follow the Ramadan fast. Those whom the religious police see breaking the fast in public will be arrested, fired from their jobs, and expelled from the kingdom. What a country!

The following story doesn't relate directly to Christian persecution, but it is symptomatic of how so-called liberals love to force their distorted worldview on others, particularly the Catholic Church.

Jimmy Carter: Catholic Church Causes Discrimination. Former President Jimmy Carter, certainly among the worst of our twentieth-century presidents, continues to cement his reputation as our worst ex-president. The man simply refuses to sit on the front porch of the family farmhouse in Plains and dictate another volume of soporific memoirs. No, dedicated to embarrassing himself and our nation, he has become a globe-trotting, self-appointed ambassador who apparently believes he is called to solve the most pressing of the world's problems. Sadly, his solutions are inevitably wrongheaded and only exacerbate the problems they are intended to solve. Spurred on by these failures, he has now decided to take on the Catholic Church, which he considers a prime cause of sexism because of its refusal to ordain women priests. His comments, repeated in the linked article, only highlight his ignorance of both Church history and Catholic theology. The Church, of course, will not change its teaching since it believes it is based on divine, not human, law. I believe I can safely say that the Church will listen politely to our former president, ignore his words, and continue to pray for him.

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