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Persecution Unveiled has established this cause to educate people about the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in the US & worldwide. Mission Raising awareness to the growing tide of bigotry and hatred toward Christians around the world has become a burden on those trying to wake up those who cherish religious freedom as a God given right. Persecution Unveiled has been called by God to prick the consciences of this nation and all free people to speak up and act on behalf of those who have no voice. Email
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Britain BANS Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders from War Zones Refused Entry


The Archbishop of Mosul Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, left, was denied entry in the UK

By Caroline Wheeler
The Express


Three archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles.

The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral.  Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas.

The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and the Prime Minister sent personal messages of congratulations.

Prince Charles, who has previously described the persecution of the Christians in the Middle East as a “tragedy”, used his address to highlight the suffering of Syrian Christians.

But the welcome did not extend to Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul, nor to Timothius Mousa Shamani, the Archbishop of St Matthew’s, which covers the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq, who were refused UK visas to attend the event on November 24.

The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria.  In his case the British embassy told him that it would not waiver from its policy of not granting visas to anyone in Syria.

The men were also told they were denied entry because they did not have enough money to support themselves and they might not leave the UK.

Last night the leader of the UK’s Syriac Orthodox Christians Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod condemned the decision. 

He said: “These are men who have pressing pastoral responsibilities as Christian areas held by IS are liberated. “That is why we cannot understand why Britain is treating Christians in this way?”
Dr Martin Parsons, head of research at the Barnabas Fund, an aid agency which has helped more than 8,000 Christians escape persecution at the hands of IS, said: 
“It’s unbelievable that these persecuted Christians who come from the cradle of Christianity are being told there is no room at the inn, when the UK is offering a welcome to Islamists who persecute Christians.”
Story of Heroic Bishops continues


Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Gays' Target Kim Davis Again After 'Victory for Religious Freedom'



World Net Daily

A same-sex couple is seeking to reinstate its case against the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The case against Kim Davis, Ermold vs. Davis, was one of three dismissed earlier this year, including one that put Davis in jail for six days. Together, the dismissals were hailed as “a decisive victory in her fight for religious freedom” by her defender, the non-profit Liberty Counsel.

The legal group said Friday the plaintiffs in Ermold were seeking to force a “winner take all” decision between same-sex “marriage” and religious liberty.

The Ermold v. Davis plaintiffs appealed the trial court’s dismissal of their case, which never sought a marriage license and only sought to recover money damages from Davis.

In a brief, Liberty Counsel is asking the appellate court to affirm the dismissal.

“The Ermold plaintiffs only ever wanted money and attention from their suit against Kim Davis, and their attempt to reopen the appeal is nothing more than a desperate attempt to harass Davis and needlessly reopen a settled controversy,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

This is a ‘Hail Mary’ pass that doesn’t have a prayer. Kim Davis won a great victory for religious liberty, and the appellate court should refuse to reopen the case it previously dismissed,” said Staver.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

BuzzFeed Attacks Chip and Joanna Gaines for Being Christians



Kira Nelson
CitizenGO team



Recently, BuzzFeed published a hit piece on stars of the reality TV show “Fixer Upper” Chip and Joanna Gaines. What is the Gaines’ great crime? They attend a Bible-believing church that teaches that sex is intended for marriage and that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The headline essentially reads: Christian couple attends church that teaches Christian doctrine. Shocker!

The entire purpose of the BuzzFeed article is to shame and tear down this wonderful couple just for being Christians. Let’s tell BuzzFeed we will not accept this kind of hateful, unprofessional writing. Being Christian in America is not a crime!   
                                           

The liberal media and particular pop news sites like BuzzFeed have become increasingly hateful towards Christians in the last few years. This attack on the Gaines’ for their personal religious convictions constitutes harassment and should be unambiguously denounced by all decent Americans.

In the BuzzFeed article published Tuesday, author Kate Aurthur states, “Their pastor considers homosexuality to be a ‘sin’ caused by abuse — whether the Fixer Upper couple agrees is unclear.” The purpose of this article is to attack Christians for attending a Christian church and to force the Gaines’ to publically state their position on marriage—which will likely result in the left spewing more hate at this couple simply for not aligning with the new sexual orthodoxy.

In an age that claims to love diversity, our nation is quickly labeling as ‘heresy’ any traditional notions of Christian morality. A celebration of diversity, except when someone disagrees with you, is no diversity at all. It’s tyranny. Our pluralistic society that once lauded different religions and viewpoints is quickly attempting to ban the Christian faith from the public sphere.

Liberal sexual ethics are becoming the new religious orthodoxy in our country. Worshipers of the god of sex will sacrifice anything or anyone who opposes (or whose pastor opposes) sex without restrictions. As Christians, we must hold firm to the truth that the Bible teaches about sex in marriage, and we must support one another when attacked. Please take a moment to sign this petition to BuzzFeed stating that we are disappointed by their hateful, unprofessional writing.

                        
 


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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Providence College Mob Comes for Anthony Esolen



by Emmett McGorarty & Jane Robbins
Crisis Magazine


Those who doubt that orthodox Christians risk persecution should consider the case of Anthony Esolen. A prominent scholar of Renaissance literature, Esolen authored a widely used translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He writes books and essays incessantly, contributing to Magnificat, Crisis magazine, and other publications and online outlets that take seriously Christianity and human excellence. Perhaps the best description of his writing is “luminous.” In other words, he is exactly the type of person the totalitarian Left wants to silence.

Esolen is under fire for being Catholic and not having the sense to keep quiet about it. The particular objects of the current Jacobin outrage are two articles Esolen wrote for Crisis—one discussing campus movements for “diversity” and how they unfold at a Catholic college, and the other challenging faithful Catholics and other Christians to consider how they’ll respond when (as the headline-writer put it) persecution comes. For Esolen, that time is now.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Egyptian Muslim Radicals Destroy Coptic Christian Properties

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greets Egyptian Coptic
 Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church. 

By Mark Woods
Christian Today

Muslim radicals have attacked properties and homes belonging to Coptic Christians in Egypt after rumours circulated about a church being constructed.
According to International Christian Concern, the attacks took place in Manshiet El-Naghamish village located in the Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt.

More than 2,000 Coptic Christians live in the village, with the nearest church being over three miles away. When Christian villagers in El-Naghamish built a four-storey building to be used as a community centre, preschool and retirement home, Muslims in the vicinity assumed that the building would become a church. 

While the Christians in the village have applied for a permit to build a church, they are still awaiting approval from the government. Leaflets called on local Muslims to attack the community were distributed after the local bishop was asked to preside over a prayer meeting.

Samir Nashed, a Christian resident of El-Naghamish, told ICC: 
"On Friday [at] noon, November 25, following the Muslim prayers, a great deal of fanatic Muslim young men, some of them were carrying gas canisters and rocks while others came armed with automatic rifles, clubs, machetes and knives, they attacked Copts and Coptic-owned houses."
Christian Today continues 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito: Religious Freedom in ‘Greater Danger’ Than Free Speech

"It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there."


By Heather Clark
Christian News


During a recent speech in Washington for the national lawyer’s convention of the Federalist Society, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito opined that religious freedom might be “in greater danger” than the right to free speech.

“I am reminded of a song by the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature: It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there,” he said.
Alito pointed to a case out of Washington State that was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the owner of a pharmacy was required to stock the morning-after pill despite his religious convictions regarding abortifacients.

As previously reported, in 2006, Ralph’s Thriftway owner, Kevin Stormans, received a call inquiring whether the location sold the morning-after pill. After replying that the pharmacy did not carry it, he began to receive anonymous complaints via phone and email. Ralph’s Thriftway was soon also picketed and complaints were filed with the Washington Board of Pharmacy, which launched an investigation.


The following year, the state passed regulations requiring that pharmacies stock and dispense the morning-after pill, and the legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed suit on behalf of Stormans and two of his pharmacists, Rhonda Mesler and Margo Thelen, who objected to the requirement because of their Christian faith.

The pharmacy had asked for the right to provide referrals rather than provide Plan B and Ella themselves, but while the regulations allowed for referrals for a number of reasons, religious protections were not included.

“It violates their religious beliefs to sell these drugs,” Alito outlined. “Instead of selling them, the pharmacy referred customers to one of more than 30 other pharmacies located within a five-mile radius.”

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Hijacking Christmas Turns Ugly



from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Bill Donohue comments on three examples of Christmas being hijacked to make a cultural statement, some of which are offensive:
Those who want a new twist on the traditional crèche can buy a 10-piece Hipster Nativity scene that features Joseph sporting a lumberjack beard taking a selfie; baby Jesus and a peace-flashing Mary, holding a Starbucks cup, are included. The three wise men show up on Segways holding Amazon boxes full of presents; there is also a cow draped in a sweater with a "100% Organic" seal on it.

This depiction is more trendy than it is offensive.

A gun-rights activist in Columbia, South Carolina has hijacked Christmas to make his case defending the Second Amendment. It is the work of the Palmetto State Armory. Billboards are being displayed in several South Carolina cities, all of which feature assault weapons or shotguns, cribbing from Christmas themes and songs. "Do you hear what I hear?" and "All I want for Christmas is you" are two examples.

This depiction is more offensive than it is trendy.

Reality TV star Brandi Glanville posted a Facebook picture of herself squatting over baby Jesus, posing as if she were giving birth to him. It didn't go over with the public, which is why she deleted it from her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

However, Glanville refused to apologize. Instead, before she deleted the photo, she said, "Why is everyone so butthurt? I guess cause I'm an Atheist this doesn't bother me in the least bit. But seriously why should people need to 'respect' this religion while this religion is so disrespectful to everyone else? Get over yourselves. Seriously." She then tweeted, "People need to chill the f*** out and take a joke."

There is nothing trendy about this depiction, but it is egregiously offensive. It is also quite revealing. Glanville reasons that because she is an "Atheist" [notice she capitalizes her master status], it doesn't bother her that Christians are offended. Why would it? After all, that was exactly her point.

Not all atheists, of course, are haters, but increasingly many are. Glanville's stunt, and her response to critics, move her toward the top of the line.

Contact Glanville's agent: alec.shankman@abramsart.com

  

The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.  Use this link for more information on the Catholic League.




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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Arson Destroys Pro-Life Pregnancy Center, FBI Investigating as Possible Hate Crime




Catholic News Live

The FBI is investigating whether a hate crime occurred when a suspected arsonist set fire to a pro-life pregnancy center on Wednesday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher told KRQE News that they are asking the public for help to identify the person who set several fires inside Project Defending Life’s Albuquerque office. He said someone set the fires deliberately, KOB 4 reports.

“Hate crime could be on the table, depending on what we find,” Fisher said.
The FBI released a video and images of a white car and its driver who parked near the office on Wednesday around the time when the fires were started.

However, the driver later identified herself as a pro-life volunteer who went to the chapel to pray and then left before the incident occurred, according to KOB 4. The volunteer said she was there around 11 p.m., and authorities estimate that someone started the fires around 12:32 a.m.

The Catholic-based pro-life organization is closed, and leaders said they are not sure when it will reopen. The building on San Mateo Boulevard NE sustained extensive damage from the fires. It is located across the street from a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Another late-term abortion facility is about four miles away.

Dominique Davis, director of client services for Project Defending Life, told LifeNews that they do not know the full extent of the damage yet. She said they plan to meet with their insurance agent next week, but she estimated that the fire caused roughly several hundred thousand dollars worth of damage.

“While this intentional evil act was meant to scare us and inhibit us from doing our work, those who committed this crime can be assured it has not,” Davis said. “While our building may be finished, we are not, and we will find another place to set up.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mariam Ibraheem Secretly Read the Bible While Jailed for Apostasy; Says Muslim Cellmate Accepted Christ



by Samuel Smith
The Christian Post


WASHINGTON — Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese Christian mother who was sentenced to death in 2014, revealed on Saturday that she secretly read the Bible at night while she was imprisoned for apostasy and trusted a Muslim inmate to hide the Bible from prison guards.

The 29-year-old Ibraheem, who was raised by her Christian mother but was considered by Sudanese courts to be a Muslim because it was her father's faith, became the center of an international human rights outcry after she was sentenced to death in May 2014 because she married a Christian man, Daniel Wani, an American citizen.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rising Islamist 'Hyperextremism' Poses Threat to Religious Freedom Worldwide, Says Report


By Hazel Torres
Christian Today


It's not just Islamist extremism anymore. With the ever increasing threat it poses to the entire world, the radical movement has now been given the name Islamist "hyperextremism."

The Religious Freedom Report 2016, released by the Catholic nonprofit organization Aid to the Church in Need, cited the rise of Islamist hyperextremism as a major threat to religious freedom worldwide and called for immediate action to combat its "toxic" effects, according to the Gospel Herald.
The report pointed out that one in five countries has experienced attacks triggered by Islamist hyperextremism in the last two years. This has boosted the number of refugees for 2015 to a record high of 65.3 million while leaving one in 113 people as refugee or asylum seeker, the report said.
Of the 23 worst-offending countries tagged in the report, 11 have experienced a decline in religious liberty.
"In seven other countries in this category, the problems were already so bad they could scarcely get any worse," the report said.
The report described Islamist hyperextremism as a radical system of law wherein those who do not agree with the extremists' beliefs are systematically killed.

In Iraq and Syria, the report said Islamist hyperextremism is clearly seen in the Islamic State (ISIS) efforts to eliminate "all forms of religious diversity." The same threat is present in some African and Asian Sub-Continent regions, it added.

Groups engaged in this kind of extremism are known for their cruelty to their victims, having well-funded networks and the ability to maximize the use of social media to advance their cause.
"The intention is to replace pluralism with a religious monoculture," the report said.
Christian Today article continues