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The Ongoing War Against Christianity

Oct 23, 2014

In the West today there is a relentless war against Christianity. While the secular humanists in general are responsible for much of this, there are specific groups which can also be singled out. Certainly the militant homosexual lobby is a key player in all this anti-Christian bigotry.

My third book on the topic of homosexuality, Dangerous Relations, documents nearly 200 cases of the militants at work, forcing Christians to violate their conscience, forcing them out of jobs, and even punishing many with steep fines and jail sentences.

persecutionOf course in their own creative way the Islamists are waging a war against Christianity too. They tend to be more overt, with heads rolling while Allahu Akbars are shouted. That and creeping sharia makes them a real handful as well. But the secular left can be just as effective in shutting down the churches, silencing Christians, and punishing dissenters.

Let me offer another five cases of blatant anti-Christian bigotry and persecution. They are just the tip of the iceberg of course, and are representative of a widespread war against Christianity occurring all over the West. My first example comes from Canada where “hate speech” laws and other Big Brother legislation has been used with great effect against Christians:

The head of an American nonprofit organization is scheduled to face trial in Canada later this month on a charge of “mischief” for discussing with college students the dangers of homosexuality. Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, reported on his organization’s website that he will return to Regina, Saskatchewan, for a trial on a count of criminal “mischief” which developed in April “after we resisted a police order to abandon our peaceful pro-life/pro-family protest at the University of Regina.”
LaBarbera said that at the April 14 protest at the University of Regina he held up someone’s sign that said “Sodomy Is a Sin” and a large placard showing an unborn baby. He wrote: “Who can blame the University of Regina and Canadian cops for cracking down on such unbridled and sinister HATE?!”
After the arrest, he said, the university provost and vice president, Thomas Chase, was quoted in the newspaper as saying his materials were “graphic” and “disturbing.” Among them was his one-page flier on ‘Homosexual Health Risks.”
“Leftists like to use government and institutions to control others, and they often fear a robust and free exchange of competing ideas,” LaBarbera said. “This explains U-Regina’s censorship and squelching of a debate that actually would have benefited its students. (We had friendly discussions with some young adults before the arrest.) Such bureaucratic speech ‘protection’ dishonors students, who by the time they reach college should be able to hear all sides of every issue and make decisions for themselves on what they believe.”

My second case comes from the US state of Idaho:

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.” The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”

Todd Starnes comments:

It’s hard to believe this could happen in the United States. But as the lawsuit states, the couple is in a “constant state of fear that they may have to go to jail, pay substantial fines, or both, resulting in them losing the business that God has called them to operate and which they have faithfully operated for 25 years.”
The lawsuit comes the same week that the city of Houston issued subpoenas demanding that five Christian pastors turn over sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity. What in heaven’s name is happening to our country, folks? I was under the assumption that churches and pastors would not be impacted by same-sex marriage. “The other side insisted this would never happen – that pastors would not have to perform same-sex marriages,” Tedesco told me. “The reality is – it’s already happening.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told me it’s “open season on Americans who refuse to bow to the government’s redefinition of marriage. Americans are witnesses to the reality that redefining marriage is less about the marriage altar and more about fundamentally altering the freedoms of the other 98 percent of Americans.”
Why should evangelical Christian ministers be forced to perform and celebrate any marriage that conflicts with their beliefs? “This is the brave new world of government sanctioned same-sex unions – where Americans are forced to celebrate these unions regardless of their religious beliefs,” Perkins told me.

The hate campaign against those who dare to differ with the homosexual agenda can be quite ferocious. Consider Robert Oscar Lopez, an English professor in California. For coming out with his story of being raised by homosexuals, he has faced tremendous barrages of hate and abuse. Here is a very short excerpt from his story:

After a year of my being banned from speaking on college campuses, courageous students at Notre Dame and Stanford succeeded in bringing me to campus over the objections of LGBT student groups. The police had to patrol the April 3 event at Notre Dame, while the Stanford event on April 5 transpired in a firestorm of controversy. Both groups that brought me to campus were banished from the student activities boards after I left.
The HRC’s “Exporters of Hate” report in September 2014 included a one-minute video and a “Wanted” poster with a caption saying I was being placed “on notice.” The YouTube page included my work location, email, and phone number. Though my friends and I have flagged and reported this comment as harassment, YouTube has still not taken it down.

Read his whole piece to see how the gaystapo work. It is the same all over the West. Here in Australia, for daring to stand up for marriage and family, an Australian Christian lobby conference and venue is the target of heavy abuse and a ferocious hate campaign from the homosexual activists. The diabolical comments being left on the Canberra Hyatt website and FB pages are most educational indeed.

One final example of anti-Christian hate campaigns comes from California as well. But this one has to do with abortion. But the ugly bigotry against Christians is just as strong. The story goes like this:

To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well.
“Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be required by the state to violate their consciences through forced payments for abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Now, with this mandate in California that imposes forced abortion funding on churches, it has come time for men and women of faith to stand against this tyranny and refuse to comply with this unjust law that would make us accessories to the taking of innocent human life.”

As I said, these are just a few of the many stories from around the Western world where the Christian faith is being heavily targeted. Yet most Christians keep sleeping through this whole thing. The Christophobes gotta love all these comatose and clueless Christians. They make the job of the activists so much easier and quicker.

www.wnd.com/2014/10/christian-on-trial-for-telling-dangers-of-homosexuality/
radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/city-threatens-to-arrest-ministers-who-refuse-to-perform-same-sex-weddings.html
www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/10/a-tale-of-targeting
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/hyatt-hotel-defends-booking-for-australian-christian-lobbys-antigay-marriage-conference-20141021-1196rn.html
www.facebook.com/ParkHyattCanberra?sk=reviews
www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/california-forces-churches-to-directly-fund-abortions-churches-refuse-to-comply/

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7 Responses to The Ongoing War Against Christianity

  • This is the War of Gog and Magog, plain and simple. Read Revelation 20, you will find that GOD WINS.

    In the meantime, quit being a bunch of stinking pansies and fight back. When they tell you can’t, do it anyway. When they tell you you must, don’t do it. Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and earth is given unto ME.” Did you get that folks? That’s part and parcel of the Great Commission. Most Christian churches give lip service to that portion of the GC, because they want so desperately to believe that Christ will come and set up some mythical (and in fact heretical, if the early church council of Nicea is to be believed) literal kingdom on the earth. Scripture states in Daniel that the Lord’s Kingdom will have no end.
    The Lord will allow this rebellion briefly (a little time) and then He will take care of it with fire from heaven.

    Remember as well, humanly speaking, the Blackstone Principle: any Law that does not have its roots in the Law of God IS NO LAW AT ALL and may be disobeyed.

    “You want me to what? I don’t think so.”
    “You don’t want me to do what? I don’t think so.”

  • Sorry Bill, but I do have to take you to task on your last statement.
    “The Christophobes gotta love all these comatose and clueless Christians”.

    Just because someone says they are “christian” does not mean they are Christian.

    That would be like me saying I am the king of the commonwealth, does not make it true.

    I would rather say, there are a whole bunch of people filling the seats in buildings supposedly called churchs, but in reality they are nothing but Judas’s. They would no sooner stand up for Christ as Judas did, they would be happy with their 30 pieces of silver and gladly shoot down to the local tab and place a bet on the Melbourne cup.

    Sadly, Jesus our Lord and Saviour, our Christ has very few followers left on the earth as we speak.

    But I have read all these, on multiple sites and agree, its getting hot in the kitchen, lets see how many stay and how many flee for their lives, only to loose them in the end.

    Neil Waldron

  • I would agree with Neil. The word “Christian” is only used three times in the New Testament, two of which were used by non- Christians speaking of followers of Jesus Christ. If one were to ask the average Church goer, were they disciples of Jesus Christ? they would probably accuse one of being a fanatic or extremist.

    Perhaps we need call ourselves something more biblical.

    David Skinner UK

  • In the face of such monolithic, Marxist wickedness that seems to be engulfing the West at the moment, we might wonder what on Earth we can do. Individually we might be ineffective but the combined effort of tens, hundreds and hundreds of thousands can literally move a mountain.
    I remember once about a dozen or so people lifting a large Mercedes car out of a ditch. It just popped out and they couldn’t believe how easy it was.
    So I would ask you to give Mayor Steve Widmyer a reality check by sending a message through the front door of his mayoral office. This need take only a moment of your time.
    Just follow three steps:
    1. Copy and paste into your browser : http://www.afa.net/action-alerts/city-threatens-to-arrest-ministers-for-refusing-to-marry-gays/. Then click or enter.

    2. Click number 3: E -mail Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer,
    3. Click the light blue box and the job is done.

    Don’t forget to sign it respectfully. You might wish to write a more personalised letter later but at least do this which takes just a few seconds. The instructions also tell you how to telephone him.
    One thing is for sure. If you fail to speak out, more pastors and ministers will soon face the relentless anti-Christian wrath of homosexual and Muslim activists.

    David Skinner UK

  • Aren’t we all supposed to practice inclusion, say no to bullying and and support minority groups? Christians in some countries are becoming a minority group who are bullied and excluded. That seems to be satan’s aim but God is ultimately in control.

    “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

  • Yes, there is a definite war against Christianity and it will only get worse as time goes by.

    Re your comments: “Here in Australia, for daring to stand up for marriage and family, an Australian Christian lobby conference and venue is the target of heavy abuse and a ferocious hate campaign from the homosexual activists.” Their problem is two fold, though, that:

    1. The Hyatt is a supporter of LGBT. But the problem here is that while the hotel supports (in their words) “marriage equality and equality for all its guests and staff.” The hotel also, (again, in their words) say, “We don’t discriminate against guests who want to conduct lawful business at Hyatt hotels.”

    However the homosexual activists main problem is:

    2. Bill Shorten is a key note speaking at the ACL conference. And with this they can see the irony here, and I must confess, I and many other Christians I have spoken to do too. That is, the ACL conference is supposedly flagging the defence of the unborn babies, marriage (between a man and a woman), family, amongst other things, which is good and which, of course, is what Christians should be doing. Yet Bill Shorten does not support any of this. He, on the other hand, is flagging the killing of unborn babies (when the woman wants to), homosexuality, homosexual marriage, etc. And he is doing more than this, Bill Shorten is at the forefront of leading the brigade at this time and place in history to make all these things a normal part of life and no doubt plays a leading role in the brigade who is, and will, pass legilation to imprison all those who don’t agree, ie Chiristians.

    Here’s an article worth reading: http://www.newstoday.net.co/org/cnews/media2.aspx?section=news&id=24

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