OPINION: The Persecution Of The Faith
Christmas is one of the few times in the year that Christianity permeates the popular consciousness. However, it is also one of the most persecuted faiths the world over, not that you would hear this from the mainstream media which is more focused on nourishing the victim complex of one of the chief aggressors against Christianity, Islam. This, for Christians is truly a return to the beginning of the faith when the Roman Empire eyed them with weary and suspicious eyes and, bluntly, brutally oppressed them.
The case of nativity scene in Ilford where the baby Jesus was beheaded by vandals is an interesting. It was paid for by the British Pakistani Christian Association who have been prominent supporters of Asia Bibi, the women who Theresa May has betrayed by refusing to allow her the protection of British citizenship. Christian persecution is widespread in Pakistan and again this is something neither our temporal leaders in Westminster nor our spiritual ones in the odious person of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby care to talk about much. The BCPA’s support for Bibi could well be a motive for the vandalism.
In countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, the pressure from both authorities and peers to convert to Islam is extreme and often violent. Saudi Arabia, the apple of Western globalist eyes, is a hotbed of Christian persecution. In particular, “The ongoing rape and sexual harassment of Christian women is particularly concerning”. However, it is not just Islamic regimes that dole out oppression to Christians.
Newspapers are full this morning of the story of how the Chinese government has banned Christmas on the grounds of a “return to tradition” which point to the threat posed by a rising tide of Hindu and Buddhist nationalism and, of course, the atheistic (not secular) dictatorship that typifies the few remaining Communist regimes. Earlier this month Chinese police raided one of the largest house Churches and over 100 Christians were arrested for no good reason other than that they are perceived as a threat to the state. Reports are being filed that police in China are being given quotas for the arrest of Christians and there is a bounty being paid for their successful incarceration.
Yet Western leaders, some of whom espouse fidelity to the faith, continue to openly fete governments such as the Chinese one. Political leaders we almost expect to be duplicitous and self-serving but even less excuse exists for spiritual leaders such as Welby who still finds the time to pump out pro Project Fear and pro-EU propaganda. It is a poor shepherd who let’s the wolves ravage their flock in such a way. So, this Christmas it would be worth putting this cause to the front of your mind and demanding a more resolute approach by our political leaders who are often happy to preach noble sentiment but are totally unwilling to use their power in a practical way in the defence of persecuted Christians who will be spending this Christmas essentially in hiding.
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