Young children enjoy rides at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, before bomb blast At least 65 people were killed when an explosion tore through a crowded amusement park in Pakistan where Christians were celebrating Easter.
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Six months ago, a 12-year-old boy stood before a crowd in a Syrian village not far from Aleppo. This boy was a Christian, and standing above him were Islamic State terrorists holding knives. In the crowd was the boy’s father, a Christian minister. Methodically, the terrorists began cutting off the young boy’s fingers. Amidst his screams, they turned to the minister, his father. If he renounced his faith and, in their terms, “returned to Islam,” the boy’s suffering would stop.
For Christians, Jesus Christ should be the foundation of the lives they build and they should be active in making a difference in the world around them. In practical terms, that means Christians should strive for a free society that respects each of God’s children; should embrace the Judeo-Christian values of love, joy and peace; and should seek a relationship with the living God. It means people of faith should actively participate in the political process to combat the debilitating and deceptive progressive mantra that there should be a separation of church and state.
Christians have been executed by the thousands, Christian women and girls are vulnerable to sexual enslavement, many of their clergy have been assassinated, and their churches and ancient monasteries demolished or desecrated. They have been systematically stripped of all their wealth and those too elderly or sick to flee ISIS-controlled territory have been forcibly converted to Islam or killed, such as an 80-year-old woman who was burned to death for refusing to abide by ISIS religious rules.
Fortenberry Introduces Resolution Decrying Genocide Against Christians And Other Religious Minorities In Iraq And SyriaSep 15th, 2015 | By fyork
Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Jeff Denham (R-CA) have announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution (H. Con. Res. 75) denouncing the genocide being perpetrated against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
“I continue to believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court’s overreach into decisions that should be made by states and the people living and voting in them is disappointing. Moving forward, we must ensure families and religious institutions across America are not punished for exercising their right to their own personal beliefs regarding the traditional definition of marriage.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was one of several presidential candidates who spoke over the weekend at the Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Cruz described his defense of religious liberty while Solicitor General of Texas and warned that the IRS will go the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose homosexual marriages.
“Christianity in the Middle East is shattered. ISIL’s genocidal campaign of religious cleansing has placed horrific pressure on the region’s ancient Christian communities and other faith minorities. Christians have a claim as much as anyone to live in their ancestral homelands. The United States can come to their aid by providing humanitarian assistance, special refugee status for victims, and empowering them to defend themselves.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke at the NRB Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in late February. He encouraged Christians to be salt and light in the world – and to make a difference in the political realm as well as the culture. Huckabee is currently being smeared for a joke he made at the NRB about “transgendered” teen age boys who would love nothing more than to get into high school girl’s shower rooms.
In the face of the atrocities being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, it is perhaps more crucial than ever that we refuse to sit idly by in silence. We must stand. We must act.