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Christians Martyred by ISIS: 1,131

TRUTH BOMBS: Sure let’s bring more of them into our country and see if they change [SARCASM].

ARTICLE:(CNSNews.com) – A report submitted to the State Department earlier this year documented that between 2003 and June 9, 2014, at least 1,131 Christians – identified by name and place of death – had been murdered by the radical Muslims that comprise the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

In addition, at least 125 Christian churches had been attacked or destroyed by ISIS.

The report, Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East, was submitted to Secretary of State John Kerry on March 9, 2016 by the Knights of Columbus and the humanitarian group In Defense of Christians. Eight days later, March 17, Kerry officially declared that ISIS’s ongoing actions against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities constituted genocide.

Britain, the European Parliament, the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Iraqi and Kurdish governments have also declared ISIS’s actions genocide.

The report notes that genocide is a crime under federal and international law. It defines genocide as “any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

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“Murder of Christians is commonplace” in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, states the report. “Many have been killed in front of their own families. The Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, many of whose flock lived on the Ninevah plain or in Syria, reports that 500 people were killed by ISIS during its takeover of Mosul and the surrounding region.”

“In Syria, where the organization Aid to the Church in Need has reported on mass graves of Christians, Patriarch Younan estimates the number of Christians ‘targeted and killed by Islamic bands’ at more than 1,000,” states the report.

In section six of the report, it lists the names and place and “date of martyrdom” of 1,131 Christians who were murdered by the Islamic State. For instance, Alicia Nour was martyred in Mosul on Feb. 1, 2005. Ashoor Younan Botros was murdered in Baghdad on June 24, 2013. On July 1, 2015, Qays Abd Shaaya was martyred by the Islamic State in Baghdad.

The 1,131 martyrs are documented from the period 2003 to June 9, 2014.  More Christians reportedly were murdered in 2015 and 2016 but names and places of death have yet to be compiled in one document.

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In addition to the list of known martyrs, the report, Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East, lists 125 Christian churches known to have been attacked by ISIS. These include, for instance, Saint George Church in Mosul, which was blown up on March 9, 2015; Virgin Mary Chaldean Church, which was attacked by car bomb on June 9, 2008; and the Armenian Church in Mosul, burned on Jan. 25, 2015.

To read the full report, click here.

Source: Christians Martyred by ISIS: 1,131


Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Slaughter Dozens of Christians in Nigerian Village

(CNSNews.com) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked villagers in the village of Godogodo, Nigeria on October 15 with guns and machetes, burning down homes, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens more.

It was the second attack on the predominantly Christian village in as many months.

The Morning Star Newsfield reporter in Nigeria, Obed Minchakpu, spoke with villagers who survived the brutal attack. He confirmed to CNSNews.com that the attackers were Muslim Fulani herdsmen who have been targeting Christians for more than two years.

Rev. Thomas Akut, pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Good News Church in Godogodo, told Morning Star News  that he and his family barely escaped the massacre.

Reverend Akut added that the attacks have left all 245 members of his congregation homeless, including himself and his family.

“This is a jihad,” Akut said. “It is an Islamic holy war against Christians in the southern part of Kaduna state.”

“They shot and killed my four children,” survivor Peter Atangi told WorldWatch Monitor. “As we ran for our dear lives, they also set our homes on fire. Many of us have been rendered homeless.”

During a previous attack on Godogodo in September, eight men were killed and eight others were wounded by gunshot and machete cuts, village leaders said.

According to World Watch , “a total of more than 300, mainly Christians, have been killed in repeated attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the past five months, while over 5,000 people have been displaced.”

A total of 1,229 people lost their lives in 2014 due to violence by the Fulani herdsmen, which makes them the world’s fourth deadliest militant group in the world, after the Islamic State (ISIL), the Taliban, and Boko Haram, according to the 2015 Global Terrorist Index.

The Index also ranked Nigeria third in the world for suffering “the highest impact of terrorism.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is himself a Fulani, responded to the previous attacks and violence earlier this year by ordering his security forces to deter attacks by the herdsmen.

But Rev. Danladi Yarima, secretary of the Northern Christian Association of Nigeria, still blames the Nigerian government for not doing enough to prevent the killings by the semi-nomadic Fulanis, who “played a key role in the 19th century revival of Islam in Nigeria,” according to the BBC.

“We are disheartened that despite the re-occurrence of the attack, the government has not come out with a security plan to stop it,” Yarima told WorldWatch Monitor. “We expected that the government should have mobilized more security personnel to the area.

“Every day, Christians are being attacked and their homes and property destroyed. The killings have continued unabated and we are very worried. We urge the government and well-meaning Nigerians to stop the killings.”

Although the violence is said to be a direct consequence of fighting between herdsmen and local farmers over resources such as farmland, grazing areas, and water sources, Godogodo villagers and those affected by the attacks see no difference between the Fulani herdsmen and another militant Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram.

“This is another jihad like the one waged by Boko Haram in the northeast of the country,” Nigerian pastor Rev. Augustine Akpen Lev said.

“The attackers carry sophisticated weapons, sometimes they even used chemical weapons on our communities. They just come, often overnight when people are sleeping. They attack defenseless people and go away. They clearly have an agenda: to wipe out the Christian presence and take over the land.”

Source: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Slaughter Dozens of Christians in Nigerian Village


State of Georgia demands pastor turn over sermons | Fox News

TRUTH BOMBS: Let this one sink in. Read it carefully. Read it slowly. This man is not hirable in his field because of his religious beliefs. Let that sink in.

ARTICLE: A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been ordered by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons to the government, according to federal court documents.

“Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.

Dr. Walsh said he will not comply with the request.

“No government has the right to require a pastor to turn over his sermons,” Walsh said. “I cannot and will not give up my sermons unless I am forced to do so.”

Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister had been hired in May 2014 by as a District Health Director with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A week later, a government official asked him to submit copies of his sermons for review. He complied and two days later he was fired.

His attorneys said the government was curious about sermons Dr. Walsh delivered on health, marriage, sexuality, world religions, science and creationism. He also preached on what the Bible says regarding homosexuality.

He has since filed a federal lawsuit charging state officials with engaging in religious discrimination.

“He was fired for something he said in a sermon,” attorney Jeremy Dys told me. “If the government is allowed to fire someone over what he said in his sermons, they can come after any of us for our beliefs on anything.”

Dr. Walsh has assembled a powerhouse legal team comprised of Parks, Chesin & Walbert along with First Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms.

“It’s an incredible intrusion on the sanctity of the pulpit,” Dys said. “This is probably the most invasive reach into the pulpit by the state that I’ve ever seen.”

Neither the attorney general nor his communication director responded to telephone calls or email correspondence.

Dys said the government’s request came as part of the process to build their case against his client. The request, he said, carries the same force of law as a subpoena.

“Pastors and rabbis across the country – especially in the state of Georgia should be frightened that a state would demand all the sermon notes and transcripts of a pastor,” he said. “This is unprecedented.”

It may be unprecedented, but is it illegal?

“I think it is wrong for a state to demand that a pastor turn over his sermons at any time,” Dys said. “It was wrong for the state to ask Dr Walsh for his sermons as part of the job application and hiring process. It was wrong for them to turn around and fire him when they listened to those sermons. And it is wrong now for them to demand that he turn over all the sermons and sermon notes he ever produced going back to when he was 18 years old.”

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins condemned the state’s demand calling it “an alarming display of government intrusion into the sanctity of the church, pastor’s study and pulpit.”

“This is something that I would have expected to see in a communist country, not America,” Perkins told me. “Government scrutiny of speech in the pulpit is unconstitutional, and unconscionable.”

He called on Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, to “correct this egregious overreach of the state into church affairs.”

Dr. Walsh also gained the support of Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell University, a Christian school based in Cleveland, Georgia.

“A new era has come to our shores, a time where government finds it acceptable to suppress the freedom of religion even to the extent of requesting a minister’s sermons,” Caner said. “As an ordained minister, I know that this is not merely an assault on the messenger, but on the very message of our Sacred Scriptures.”

Caner correctly noted that the government seems to exclusively target one faith – biblical Christianity.

“What the government fails to recognize is that ministers of the Gospel are not hirelings of the state, but ambassadors for our Lord,” he said.

Dr. Walsh was catapulted into the national spotlight when he was invited to deliver the 2014 commencement address at Pasadena City College in California.

Walsh, who was then the director of the city’s public health department, came under fierce scrutiny from LGBT activists and students after someone found online copies of his sermons. He backed out of the speaking engagement – but critics persisted and he was forced to resign his post – after reaching a financial settlement with the city.

Shortly afterwards, he applied for the position in Georgia.

“The state of Georgia fired him for something he said in a sermon,” Dys told me. “It’s almost like the state ransacking the pastor’s study trying to find evidence in a desperate attempt to justify their illegal behavior.”

Dys said the attorney general could ask a judge to enforce their request. If Dr. Walsh still refused, he could face contempt of court.

“No one in America should want a pastor being held in contempt for refusing to give up one of his sermons to the state of Georgia,” he said.

Source: State of Georgia demands pastor turn over sermons | Fox News


Germany: 743 Christians Attacked by Muslims in Refugee Camps

TRUTH BOMB: More Christians attacked in Germany!!! I wonder if the local news is putting a spin on this story to blame the Christians.

ARTICLE: Persecution watchdog group Open Doors reports that in 2016, Muslim refugees attacked some 743 Christian refugees while they were living in camps in Germany.

Open Doors officials say there could be even more unreported cases.

“The documented cases confirm that the situation of Christian refugees in German refugee shelters is still unbearable. As a minority they are discriminated against, beaten up by and receive death threats from Muslim refugees and partly by the Muslim staff (securities, interpreters, volunteers) on grounds of their religion,” according to a major survey published by Open Doors Germany in October, representing a number of organizations, such as Persecuted Christians and the Needy, European Mission Society Fellowship, and the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany.

“Taking these new cases into consideration there are now 743 Christian refugees who have reported religiously motivated attacks. With more staff at hand, a significantly higher number of cases could have been included in the survey,” it added.

The refugees had fled from Syria and other regions, escaping terror groups and the violence from war. Instead, the Christian refugees found violence within what were supposed to be safe camps.

“As a Christian charity, Open Doors is not against Muslims, as CEO Markus Rode has already made clear in a comprehensive statement in January 2015. It is a constitutive element of Christian faith that Muslims are loved by God and are to be met with love and compassion,” the report said.

“At the same time it has to be stated that Islam, which is the majority religion in most of the refugees’ home countries, is responsible for the massive violation of the human right to freedom of religion.”

Source: Germany: 743 Christians Attacked by Muslims in Refugee Camps


Christians Forced from Iraq Now Face Persecution in Turkey

TRUTH BOMBS: Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world and there is only one reason for that: Without Christianity, you cannot prove anything true or false. Atheism, paganism, hedonism…… no other belief system can give you a rational explanation for the existence of objective truth. All others are left with autonomous epistemology which is self-refuting. Christianity is the ONLY hope for mankind and most will hate it because it exposes their sins.

 

ARTICLE: Thousands of Christian refugees who fled their homes in Iraq due to persecution are only finding more persecution in Turkish refugee camps.

ChristianToday.com reports that about 45,000 refugees who fled Iraq are now living in poverty in Turkey and are discriminated against by their Muslim neighbors.

Juliana Taimoorazy, president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and a senior fellow with the Philos Project, discussed the stark plight of the Christians.

They cannot reveal their faith, she said, because then their Muslim neighbors would persecute them. She added that mosques would also refuse to help them if their Christian faith was made known.

The refugees are hoping to come to the U.S. or another country where they would be able to live out their faith without fear, but the U.S. State Department is slow to take any action to help them.

Taimoorazy said it may be up to churches to do something about this humanitarian crisis.

“There have been some churches that extended help, financial or prayer, but this is such a monumental situation that we need more churches to wake up,” she said.

One way Christians can help the refugees is to hold prayer vigils, Taimoorazy said. Her organization has even provided a prayer vigil kit called “Rise Vigil” for Christians to use to raise awareness for their brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East.

“If we don’t talk to our fellow Americans, our fellow Christians, in our churches, and if we don’t pray unitedly for the body of Christ, the Middle East will be empty of Christians,” she warned.

Source: Christians Forced from Iraq Now Face Persecution in Turkey


Trans Teen Sues School, Wins

TRUTH BOMBS: The IRS will halt the processing of your tax returns if you don’t sign the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act. This is tyranny at its best. You do NOT have the right to be an unrepentant sinner in a Christian school. Where is the separation of Church and State that liberals hold so dear?… oh yeah…. that only means get the church out of the state not get the state out of the church. Take back our Nation people. Your principles mean nothing if you cannot act on them!!

ARTICLE: Lily Madigan, an 18-year-old student at St. Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone, Kent, announced her transition to the world via Facebook in January. In March, she wore the mandated female uniform to school for the first time and was promptly sent home for doing so. After principal Brendan Wall told her she could either go back to wearing the men’s uniform or find a new school, Madigan lawyered up, according to The Huffington Post UK.

In addition to telling Madigan she couldn’t wear the uniform she felt most comfortable in, administrators also told her she would not be able to use the women’s bathroom and that her teachers would call her Liam, the name she was given at birth (despite the fact Madigan had her name legally changed to Lily by that point).

Though a student-driven petition supporting Madigan and demanding the school allow trans students to wear the uniform they’re more comfortable in garnered more than 200 signatures, Wall refused to change anything. Madigan fell into a “deep depression,” she told HuffPo UK, and began missing a lot of school.

She ended up hiring a lawyer over summer vacation, BuzzFeed reports, and the firm took the case pro-bono because they believe it was “a pretty clear case of them [the school] discriminating against [her].” In addition to sending the school a letter very clearly listing how Madigan should be treated, it was also “pointed out the laws the school was breaking – the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act – and it pointed out the school was breaking its own policy on diversity and equality.”

Almost immediately, Wall apologized and Madigan was able to return to school in the fall wearing the women’s uniform. She told BuzzFeed her teachers now call her Lily and – for the most part – use the correct pronouns when speaking to her. “I was proud,” she told the site. “I was happy in one sense but…I wish it didn’t have to happen.” Her attendance is up and she’s spending time at school prepping for a fashion degree so she can one day make her own clothes.

Source: Trans Teen Sues School, Wins


Another state tells churches to shut up about transgenders

For a second time in just weeks, a state finds itself on defense in a legal action triggered by its attempt to dictate what ministers and others say inside their churches.

In America. Home of the First Amendment’s protection for freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

The newest case was filed against Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination commissioners Jamie R. Williamson, Sunila T. George and Charlotte G. Richie and Attorney General Maura Healey.

It’s over a a new “gender identity” definition adopted in Massachusetts. The measure makes “gender identity” a special class, with more protections than ordinary citizens. Under the provision, the attorney general has claimed “houses of worship” are places of “public accommodation” and members therefore cannot even express ideas concerning “religious expression regarding biological sex and gender identity.”

The case was launched by the Alliance Defending Freedom after Healey and the state commission both decided to interpret the law “to force churches to open church changing rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and other intimate areas [to people] based on their perceived gender identity, and not their biological sex, in violation of the churches’ religious beliefs.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/another-state-tells-churches-to-shut-up-about-transgenders/#yrO2kpfdKyrpsDUt.99

Source: Another state tells churches to shut up about transgenders


Ex-nuns get married in Italy in challenge to Pope’s stance on gay unions

TRUTH BOMBS: Homosexuals are trying to bring down any Christian organization. I have not heard this being done outside a mosque. It is Ironic that the Pope is named Francis and the homosexuals are protesting him. He who has ears to hear let him hear.

ARTICLE: Two former nuns married each another in northern Italy on Wednesday in the latest challenge to the Catholic Church’s opposition to same sex unions.

The women, named only as Federica and Isabel by Italian media, were married in a civil ceremony by the local mayor, Luca Salvai, in Pinerolo near Turin following the legalization of gay marriage in Italy this year.

“God wants happy people who live love out in the open,” Isabel told the Italian daily, La Stampa.  “We are asking our church to welcome all people who love each other.”

The women, both aged 44, were to have been married in the small town on Thursday but they brought the service forward 24 hours in a bid to avoid mass media coverage after they gave a discreet interview to La Stampa published Wednesday.

“It was a very simple ceremony,” said Mr Salvai. “It is their celebration and I am happy to have helped them to achieve their wish.”

Federica comes from southern Italy and Isabel is from South America.  Both belonged to the Franciscan order, named after Pope Francis’ namesake St. Francis of Assisi.

The women had to formally notify the Vatican of their decision to leave their vocation but say they have no intention of abandoning their faith.

“We don’t want to become celebrities, but live peacefully together,” Federica said. “We are leaving the convent, but we are not leaving the church and we will not forget our faith.”

The women are also planning to celebrate their union with a separate religious service to be performed in few weeks by Franco Barbero, a former priest who was excommunicated from the church by Pope John Paul II in 2003 for his controversial views on gay marriage and other issues.

Their union will be the 20th civil union Barbero has conducted this year. He said their story was “like all the love stories in the world”.

“They got to know each other slowly… and in the end they discovered deep feelings,” Barbero told La Stampa.

“They are two beautiful people, with very deep faith. They thought about it for a long time and took their decision courageously, knowing it wouldn’t be widely accepted.”

He said the couple had delayed the religious service ” for a few weeks” to maintain privacy and that this was not the first union of former nuns he had blessed.

Source: Ex-nuns get married in Italy in challenge to Pope’s stance on gay unions