Men's Study Group

Main Topics

  • Historical Persecution
  • Immigration
  • Present day or Current Persecution

According to Eusebius' record, the apostles Thomas and Bartholomew were assigned to Parthia (which included north western Afghanistan), and India.[14] [15] Legend based on the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas and other ancient documents suggests that Saint Thomas preached inBactria, which is today northern Afghanistan.[16]

Did Cain Persecute Abel?

Anti Christian Culture


"Discrimination against Christians" redirects here. For religious persecution of Christians, see Persecution of Christians. For the scholarly criticism of Christianity, see Criticism of Christianity.

Historical Persecution


Persecution of Christians can be traced historically based on the biblical account of Jesus in the first century of the Christian era to the present time.[1] Early Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and theRoman Empire which controlled much of the land across which early Christianity was distributed. Early in the fourth century, the religion was legalized by the Edict of Milan, and it eventually became the State church of the Roman Empire.
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Poland. In 1683 200,00 Soldiers from the Ottoman Empire had captured Vienna, Polish King John Sobieski was the only European to rise to the occasion and with a vastly inferior army, attacked the tents outside the walls in Vienna and killed the Commander, splitting the Ottoman forces and was credited with saving Christianity in Europe.
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Vandalism[edit]

The vandalism or defacement of Christian symbols or property is one form of the expression of anti-Christian sentiment.[citation needed] If the defaced or vandalized object is seen as holy by Christians, such as a Bible, a cross, or an image of Jesus or a saint, the case becomes one of desecration.[citation needed] Such destruction may also be found to be in violation of various criminal laws.[citation needed]

Arson

Arson attacks on churches have been seen in Norway and the United States. Some arson attacks are considered hate crimes perpetrated for racial reasons by people inspired by racial hate groups.[2][3]

Music[edit]

Musicians and followers of black metal music often declare open hatred of Christianity. Headliners of the black metal genre have claimed responsibility for inspiring (and sometimes perpetrating) over fifty Norwegian church burnings from 1992 to 1996 alone.[4] Among the most notable was Fantoft Stave Church, which the police believed was destroyed by the one-man band Burzum, Varg Vikernes, also known as 'Count Grishnackh'.[4] The burnt-out shell of the building is featured on the cover of his 1993 EP Aske (Norwegian for 'ashes')

Recent Church Attacks
Charleston, SC - Emmanual AME Church, 9 people killed
Las Cruses, NM, Church Attacks, August 2, 2015

Immigration
Through out the years, people have immigrated, brought with them their culture and traditions and have assimilated into the society into which they immigrate. With the present-day Muslim culture, as evidenced in Europe and other places around the globe the Muslim Immigrants DO NOT assimilate. They bring their culture, religion and laws and do not assimilate into their new culture, rather, they stay within their community and it appears that there goal is to CHAGNE where they have moved into their, culture, religion or laws.

What we've seen with Muslim immigration in Europe and in the United States is that they maintain their culture including wanting to bring Sharia Law and imposing it instead of the laws of the countries in which they immigrate. Therein, this is, in my opinion, is what gives rise to the Radical Islamic Fundamentalism and Lone Wolf attacks which we are now seeing all over the world.

Immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries, many lived and worked in ethnic neighborhoods. However, we see 2nd and 3rd generations of immigrants to America integrate into the American Culture and try to live out "Their American Dream".



Recent or Modern Day Persecution

Examples of anti-Christian sentiment in politics and culture[edit]

Middle East[edit]

See also: Christianity in the Middle East

Poland. After World War II there was this devotion attributed to Sister Faustina Kowalska, The Divine Mercy. It was gaining popularity all over and the Bishops gathered together the documents, sent them to the Vatican to see if this was something they should promote or not. Due to some bad translations, the Vatican said no.

Years later a Bishop reopened the investigation and got properly translated documents and the Vatican said Yes this time. Six months later, this Bishop was elected Pope, John Paul II.
Fiorello Provera of the European Parliament called the Middle East "the most dangerous place for Christians to live" and cited Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who blamed the international community for failing to deal with what she considers a war against Christians in the Muslim world.[5]

Former Lebanese president Amine Gemayel stated in 2011 that Christians had become the target of genocide after dozens of Christians were killed in deadly attacks in Egypt and Iraq.[6]


Christian missionaries, as well as the people that they converted to Christianity, have been the target of persecution, many times to the point of being martyred for their faith.
There is also a history of individual Christian denominations suffering persecution at the hands of other Christians under the charge ofheresy, particularly during the 16th century Protestant Reformation as well as throughout the Middle Ages when various Christian groups deemed heretical were persecuted by the Papacy.
In the 20th century, Christians have been persecuted by various groups, and by atheistic states such as the USSR and North Korea. During the Second World War members of many Christian churches were persecuted in Germany for resisting the Nazi ideology. Hitler expressed a desire to destroy the influence of Christian churches within the Third Reich, seeing it as absurdity and nonsense founded on Jewish lies. He planned to do this after the war, and not during it, believing "that suited his immediate political purposes".
In more recent times the Christian missionary organization Open Doors (UK) estimates 100 million Christians face persecution, particularly in Muslim-dominated countries such asPakistan and Saudi Arabia.[2][3] According to the International Society for Human Rights, up to 80% of acts of persecution are directed at people of the Christian faith.[4]

Poland. The first Saint cannonized in the Jubilee year of 2000 was Saint Faustina Kowalski. In this Homily, John Paul II said, The power of evil can concur the world so for the 3rd millennium, I give the World The Message of Divine Mercy. And second, he named the 2nd Sunday After Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.











Poland. Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005. The next day was Divine Mercy Sunday, if he had held on only one more day. his Secretary Father Stanislaw Dziwisz felt and overwhelming sense to say Mass. It was Saturday evening. So what do we as Catholics due on Saturdays, have a Vigil Mass and John Paul II participated in the Vigil Mass of Divine Mercy and was able to receive Holy Communion and he died an hour later.

Saint (Pope) John Paul The Great's Last Homily

John Paul II who Began his Papacy with "Be Not Be Afraid", ended it with "Jesus, I Trust in You."
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Resources:
YouTube: Persecuted Christians
Wikipedia - Persecution in Afghanistan
Bare Naked Islam - OKLAHOMA: Residents of Edmond lose battle to stop Islamic Jihad Training Center from expanding
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told - Father Michel Gaitley, MIC
Saint John Paul II, The Diary of Saint Faustina, And the End Times - Susan Crump