CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Marco Rubio: USA at ‘Water’s Edge’ of Declaring Christianity ‘Hate Speech’
May 27, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is worried that freedom of speech and freedom of religion both are endangered by a growing leftist bigotry that is rising in the country. Religion in particular is facing a ‘real and present danger’ of being labeled ‘hate speech,’ he said.
In an interview with CBN News, Rubio discussed his strong Catholic faith, saying that it might not be long before that faith is turned into a crime.
‘If you think about it,’ Rubio said, ‘we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.’
Rubio pointed out that the logical end game for liberals who have already begun to persecute and prosecute individual Christians is ultimately to outlaw the faith itself.
‘After they are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church is hate speech, and there’s a real and present danger,’ he said…” (Jesus said in John 15: 18 – 20: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”)
Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse
May 27, 2015 — Fox News reports: “A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined ‘could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.’
The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: ‘No weapon formed against me shall prosper.’
Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk.
She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer.
The Christian Marine was given a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private.
Both lower court and the appellate court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act did not apply to her case because displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise.
However, a religious liberty law firm and a high-powered, former U.S. solicitor general have taken up her case and have filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
‘If the government can order a Marine not to display a Bible verse, they could try and order her not to get a religious tattoo, or go to church on Sunday,’ said Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry. ‘Restricting a Marine’s free exercise of religion is blatantly unconstitutional.’…” (Beloved in Christ Jesus: “Fight the good fight of faith” Why? The persecutors are all demonic controlled blasphemers and apostates: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” – I Timothy 4:1. Because of this situation, we as believers must stand against Satan’s malicious malignant spirits. See Ephesians 6:12 – 16.)
ISIS Burns 80-Year-Old Christian Woman to Death for Alleged Sharia Violation
May 28, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “Reports from Iraq indicate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) burned an 80-year-old woman to death after she failed to obey Sharia law.
The vicious act occurred in a town just 12 miles south of Mosul. Sa’ed Mamuzini with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) told the media the Christian woman hailed ‘from Kremlis in the Nimrud area of the Hamdaneya sub district, east of Mosul.’
The news comes only a day after ISIS allegedly burned a 20-year-old woman alive ‘because she refused to perform an extreme sex act.’ Zainab Bangura, the United Nation’s representative for sexual crimes in war, interviewed people displaced by ISIS.
‘They commit rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other acts of extreme brutality,’ Bangura asserted. ‘We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act. We learned of many other sadistic sexual acts. We struggled to understand the mentality of people who commit such crimes.’
ISIS stormed into Iraq and Syria in 2014, leveling historical monuments and kidnapping females as it establishes its caliphate. Yazidi populations have suffered the most under the hands of ISIS terrorists, who interpret the Yazidi worship of the Peacock Angel as ‘devil worship.’…” (“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” – Jude 1:2, 3, 4, 10, 14, and 15. See the next two reports.)
ISIS captures 88 Eritrean Christians in Libya
June 9, 2015 — Fox News reports: “The ISIS terror group kidnapped 88 Eritrean Christians from a people-smugglers’ caravan in Libya last week, a U.S. defense official confirmed Monday.
The defense official confirmed initial reports of the mass kidnapping to Fox News after seeing a recent intelligence report. The independent Libya Herald newspaper reported that the convoy was ambushed by militants south of Tripoli before dawn this past Wednesday morning.
Meron Estafanos, the co-founder of the Stockholm-based International Commission on Eritrean Refugees, told the paper that the group of migrants included ‘about 12 Eritrean Muslims and some Egyptians. They put them in another truck and they put 12 Eritrean women Christians in a smaller pick-up’.
Estafanos said that the militants had initially stopped the truck and demanded that the Muslims on board make themselves known. Everyone who responded was asked about the Koran and their religious observance in an attempt to catch Christians pretending to be Muslims…”
‘Eleven Christians Killed Every Hour,’ Says Irish Bishop
May 17, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand.
The bishop called the breadth and scale of the suffering of Christians ‘unprecedented.’
At least 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith, which amounts to 273 per day, or eleven every hour, McAreavey said, without mentioning those who are ‘being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale.’
In a sobering presentation before the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade this past week, McAreavey said that Christianity is the most oppressed religion in the world, and the followers of Jesus are actively persecuted in some 110 countries.
More striking still, he contended, according to the International Society for Human Rights, a non-religious organization, ‘80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians.’…”