WHERE IS THE REPORTING ABOUT THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS?

In my last post, JUST HOW MUCH SHOULD WE TRUST OUR LEADERS? — PART 2, we considered the possibility that our elites don’t seem to care much about the people they rule, us. What didn’t we consider? Timely examples. Here is one.

We have a Christian heritage. Quite a few of us still go to church on Sunday. Is it not odd that the so-called mainstream news media does not contain reports about the persecution of Christians? It is happening, but have you heard about it? That’s the topic here: Where is the reporting of Christian massacres around the world? (bunkerville.wordpress.com, 19 Mar 2019). Here are are stories that provide additional perspective.

61 thoughts on “WHERE IS THE REPORTING ABOUT THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS?

  1. In reply to your last comment to me Tom.

    “It seems you have ridicule confused with logic.”

    Simplicity and logic tells us babies know nothing. I do know that children are taught right and wrong. I do know we as and have an innate acceptance of others as we have evolved from primates and I would also suggest that from Homo erectus with over 200 thousand years of worshipping animals and gods the human brain has evolved with modern humans becoming innately social animals and when confronted with religious beliefs that it has led to some innate belief in the supernatural world.

    “Do Atheists uphold a doctrine? Except where an Atheist tyrant hold sway, there is no one true Atheist church. In less autocratic land, each Atheist invents his own doctrine.”

    To answer your question. Atheists cannot uphold a doctrine based solely on disbelief of gods, some may make up their beliefs regarding life, but many if not most believe in some or all of the various scientific processes. Some believe in aliens as the seeders of life or similar variations of this concept.
    Atheist beliefs are not about guilt, eternal life, devils, worshipping, praying or being subservient to an entity or a perceived super life form and there are no holly books, churches, cathedrals or traditional baptisms etc. I would say that these atheist beliefs cannot be called a doctrine unless of course there were a set of rules regarding a basic set of beliefs taught within a group such just as the flat Earth society or a coven of witches then it would become an ideology and doctrine, but it would only apply for those that belong to these groups and who want to follow these rules.

    An atheist tyrant is guided by a political doctrine such as some of the communist regimes. No party of atheists has ever waged a physical war solely in the name of atheism because it would be a bit stupid when you have no rules or an established doctrine to rule your conquered lands with. Of course you may get a few nut jobs with assault rifles who will try to make this work.

    “most Atheists resort to “Science” just as the old Pagans once resorted to their gods.”

    Pagans revere their gods as you do yours and all gods are totally incompatible with scientific knowledge and atheists do not pray to science gods.

    “Have Christians proven God exists? Yep! You can look up the logical proofs and read the Bible. I can’t make you believe. Not my job.”

    Ok I need to be convinced that God exists. Hypothetically, would you or any person expect me to fall in love with a woman I have not met simply but solely from many email exchanges and phone calls about her character, morals and what appears to be an exceptional life? Many people do; and they are usually scammed, however I am not one of them. I would have to be convinced without any doubt before I would send money or give my heart to them. I will actually get on a plane to determine this person is not invented and is a real person to forge a relationship because anybody can write anything they choose and take pictures of whoever they like and make obscure claims about an invented woman.

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    1. @sklyjd

      Your first paragraph illustrates how Atheists have turned scientific speculation into a doctrinal belief.

      Then you explain the wonderful intelligence with which Atheists view the world and themselves. Do you realize how canned that was? That is because it is doctrinal.

      Your last paragraph, a doctrinal argument, illustrates the overblown ego typical of humanity. If God “introduced” Himself to us the way you demand, our puny minds could not handle it. The Bible says as much. It is Christian doctrine. So we have to learn about God through His Creation, what we yearn for, His Bible, and what we see in each other. Some of us really do know how to love, at least a little bit.

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      1. “Your first paragraph illustrates how Atheists have turned scientific speculation into a doctrinal belief.”

        What is that Tom. What I wrote about evolution is not a doctrinal belief it is an indisputable scientific fact and you still have not grasped what a doctrine is, so please read a dictionary.

        “If God “introduced” Himself to us the way you demand, our puny minds could not handle it.”

        A God that sent Jesus to Earth cannot again do something similar. The fact is that God is already in your mind and in the minds of thousands of others on the planet and as puny as they may be your minds appear to handle it, so why does a most powerful God who can do anything not come from the supernatural world into the real world?

        Even if he does not show himself, can he not do something truly fantastic to prove he exists? I for one would like to see some of his famous acts of mercy for the 20,000 children in poor countries that die in agony every day from starvation and disease. Maybe abortion of these children doomed to die in this manner would be the answer and he could make this happen with the wave of his hand.

        I know, and I am quite sure you know that all gods are manifested within human minds. I am not just an atheist Tom, I am a realist, and if one and one does not add up it probably never will.

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        1. @sklyjd

          Well, it is indisputable that nothing is indisputable. With billions of people, we have no shortage of disputes or disputers.

          When people preaching against superstition start claiming theories like the Theory of Evolution as scientifically indisputable, that’s just funny!

          Why did God do what He did? All I know is what I have read and understood from the Bible. The Bible just tells us what we need to know, not everything we want to know.

          You need a miracle? Jesus performed plenty of miracles. The unbelievers just demanded more. The absence of miracles doesn’t seem to be the problem with unbelief in Jesus.

          Jesus knew the people demanding more miracles could not be satisfied. He did not try.

          Still, Miracles happen. The Bible itself is a miracle.

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          1. Why Tom, is the theory of evolution funny to you?

            Why does evolution have so many supporters, why does the largest church in the world and many others support biological evolution? Surely the Catholic Church is a Christian church and with over 150 years of advanced medical research based on this theory and with untold investigations by millions of scientists logic tells us there must be something tangible about it don’t you think?

            I mean you can only ignore something for so long because of deeply set alternative beliefs, however without being derogative to our mutual friend, it is foolish to believe the Earth is flat.

            “All I know is what I have read and understood from the Bible.”

            With all due respect to you, I understand that there are passages of great wisdom within the Bible, however the facts remain that the writers were bronze age people with a very basic understanding of our natural world.

            “Still, Miracles happen. The Bible itself is a miracle.”

            Miracles are in the eye of the beholder, I agree that it is a miracle that a series of books were cobbled together to produce the Bible, however it does not change the facts of reality in this modern world.

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          2. @sklyjd

            You are defering to the Pope for a scientific opinion? That’s your basis for scientific validation of a scientific hypothesis? Well, you are right about one thing. I can’t say you are alone in your opinion about the Theory of Evolution, but priestly authority and “consensus” does not have anything to do with the scientific method.😏

            It is quite obvious that Jesus and the Bible He inspired have had unparalleled historical significance. Why? This posts has links to the others in the series => https://citizentom.com/2017/03/30/who-is-this-man-by-john-ortberg-part-7/

            Read part 1-6. Perhaps part 7 will make more sense after that.

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    1. I take issue with that comment. Who are you and what qualifies you to judge what non-believers are doing, are you putting yourself in God’s shoes? It is also a fact that there have been plenty of evil acts undertaken by Christians just lately, is that not so?

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      1. @sklyjd

        Ridiculous question. Michael is a Christian. He reads the Bible. Based upon what the Bible says, it is not much of a stretch to say that those who persecute Christians are Godless and God-haters. You think someone else kills and tortures people just because they believe in Jesus?

        Frankly, we have more reason to ask why you care. What belief of yours did Michael violate? Where does this belief come from?

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        1. Well Tom, it is easy to understand that “The God-less and God-haters around the world” he mentions has a lot to do with non-believers in my country and every country since he mentions the world.

          The suggestion that all non-believers are choosing evil as the topic is about killing Christians makes it an extremely provocative statement and I am not sure if he also included all the other world’s religions as well.

          I do not have any beliefs that he violated, I just understand he believes non- Christians everywhere of which I am one are choosing to undertake this sort of behaviour, and I would suggest this sort of stuff is from a fanatical view point and would do nothing for friendly discussion but help recruit more God-haters.

          What if I were to suggest all the worlds Christians were endorsing paedophilia considering there are a few deluded Christian defenders of these perpetrators and all non-believers should keep their children away from all the churches?

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          1. @sklyjd

            The term “godless” does not encompass all the unbelievers in the world. Did Michael judge anyone in particular? Did he call for violence? No.

            Is it possible you just went looking for an excuse to take offense, play the victim, and shut Michael up? If you don’t understand what he meant, why don’t you just ask. Then if you disapprove, we will at least know what you disapprove of.

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  2. Tom,

    Killing Christians is old news. It’s been happening for over 2000 years.

    In our contemporary times, killing is a money-making enterprise whether it is derived from news media, movies, or video games.

    Killing Muslims in a church instead of Jews or Christians for a change is sadly going to result in the next sad news of reprisals, in my opinion..

    Even a sad news item when you consider “Thou shalt not kill” Commandment goes back over 4000 years in time.

    Yet we humans just cannot understand the concept that there is always going to be “nothing new under the sun” about killing each other until we wise up.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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      1. Tom,

        to answer your comment, I think the best answer about what news reporting was this.one.

        Mark Twain 1863

        “A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.”

        “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

        Regards and good will blogging.

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        1. @Scatterwisdom

          Lots of truth in that quotation.

          The notion we can read a newspaper and know much about what is going on in New Zealand or Nigeria is absurd. We have enough trouble discerning the truth about where we live. That’s one reason why the notion we should elect politicians who offer to run our neighbors lives is so ridiculous. What makes us think we know what we are doing?

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    1. Per reprisals: A Turkish Muslim shot up a tram in Utrecht a couple of days ago.
      Makes the references to “Gallipoli” by the Turkish Prime Minister particularly tasteless.

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  3. It appears most American Christians are either not aware or do not care, but I Just thought since your post is about persecution of Christians you may be interested that Christians are not alone as a crazy gunman shot dead at least 50 Muslim worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand.

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    1. QED, everyone has heard about that. The news is everywhere. Not so much the 120 Christians who were slaughtered in Nigeria in the past month.

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      1. I understand what you are saying, and it is a massive tragedy that Christians or anybody is killed, however Nigeria is a very primitive country with violence between government and militants and currently a herder-farmer conflict primarily over natural resources and land use since a law was changed to ban herdsmen from having their livestock graze on other people’s property. Christians and Muslims have been killed in various conflicts and this appears to be a common occurrence in this country, but it appears to not be considered any kind of religious war, of course there are always some fanatics who will kill because of their religious faith.

        https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/nigeria-christians-muslims/

        https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/media-ignores-slaughter-of-nigerian-christians

        My point being, New Zealand on the other hand is a small civilised country where obtaining legal firearms is a similar process to Australian laws and where discrimination and crime rates are traditionally very low, it was very distressing for people in this part of the world.

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        1. @sklyjd

          Snopes? That’s funny! When different cultural groups clash, there is almost always some kind of related conflict between tribes or nations over resources. The cultural differences, however (you are not one of us) make it difficult to resolve the conflict and ease the choice of violence.

          Blaming the violence on the primitive nature of Nigeria does not fly. The most violent and abhorrent persecutions of the last century occurred Europe, Russia, and China. Religious persecution is still ongoing in China. China has an Atheistic regime, BTW.

          The guy who killed all those people in New Zealand is a freak. What he did was worthy of news coverage for much the same reason a reporter would report on a man biting a dog.

          We have a much more practical reason for reading news about the violence against Christians. Millions of people from all over the world want to come to this country. We need to know what beliefs and potential problems they will bring with them if we admit them and allow them to become citizens.

          Do you know Ted Koppel?
          https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ted-koppel-new-york-times-washington-post-decided-as-organizations-that-trump-is-bad-for-united-states

          That story took a month to get out.
          https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/19/koppel-trump-media-times-post/

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          1. Primitive does fly, have you not considered that in African countries it was calculated that between 1991 and 2001, a total of 22,000 to 23,000 Africans were lynched to death, by fearful neighbours, as witches. Nigeria was one of the countries involved. Sadly millions of major monotheistic faiths are promote beliefs of spirit beings such as angels or demons endorsing spirit laden worldviews giving birth to magic men and women. That includes Christianity BTW.

            “The guy who killed all those people in New Zealand is a freak. What he did was worthy of news coverage for much the same reason a reporter would report on a man biting a dog.”

            Why do you say this? These were humans who lost their lives and the world is entitled to know how and why are they not?

            Millions of people all over the world also want to come to this country, some are bad, however like the politicians I have no clear answer and it is as “scatterwisdom” says “we humans just cannot understand the concept that there is always going to be “nothing new under the sun” about killing each other until we wise up.”

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          2. @sklyjd

            For all practical purposes, Pagans are Atheists. A Pagan is the epitome of superstition.

            Because Christians believe in one God, a God who is the author of order and beauty, Christianity made science a reasonable proposition. Christians went looking for the order in God’s Creation and found it.

            There are over seven billion people in the world. I cannot have empathy for all of them, and neither can you. The murderous rampage in New Zealand is a pointless thing to focus on. Trying finger Trump or Americans for a lunatic’s crime in New Zealand is stupid. Trying to help victims of religious persecution is actually feasible.

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          3. I actually mostly agree with you. However you say:

            “A Pagan is the epitome of superstition.”

            All religions including Christianity are the epitome of superstition, one of the main reasons atheists exist, they cannot believe the supernatural magic.

            Of course nobody in this part of the world will blame Trump or Americans for what happened, that is stupid, I do understand that these mass shootings happen regularly in America and some idiots may have tried to find a connection with this, however this is an extremely rare event down under executed by a single fanatical idiot.

            “The murderous rampage in New Zealand is a pointless thing to focus on.” And “Trying to help victims of religious persecution is actually feasible.”

            The murderous rampage by a lunatic was religious persecution as only two mosques were targeted as much as it was a racist crime by a white supremacist, or how do you understand this crime?

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          4. @Sklyjd

            We agree about something? Well, that’s a starting point.

            All religions including Christianity are the epitome of superstition, one of the main reasons atheists exist, they cannot believe the supernatural magic.

            The definition of Atheism is the rejection of any belief in God. If we are uncertain whether or not God exists, we are talking about agnosticism. Why some agnostics insist upon calling themselves Atheists I don’t know, but I think only an Agnostic can claim not to have a religion. It would be a stretch to define “I don’t know” as a doctrinal statement about God. God does not exist, however, is a doctrinal statement. That makes Atheism a religious belief.

            Since we cannot prove God does not exist, to definitely state God does not exist is a superstitious statement. To believe something we cannot hope to prove is the essence of superstition. Further, Christians have carefully documented the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The theology of Bible is logical. The prophecies are consistent and many have been fulfilled. The history the Bible records is accurate. To emphatically state Christianity is just superstition is paramount to stating the God of the Bible does not exist, but you cannot prove a negative. So stating Christianity is just superstition is superstitious.

            How do I understand the mosque shootings in New Zealand? 😢

            I don’t know what was going through that guy’s head. Since there is no indication there is some kind of movement afoot, I don’t have any motivation to read his crazed writings. Murderous lunatics are rare, but there are some. Nobody seem to know what to do about that.

            Most of the people in the USA are white. So most mass murderers are white. Still, since Americans don’t believe violence helps much few engage in terrorism. We have a relatively greater problem with Islamist terrorists. About one percent of our population commits 30 percent of the terrorist acts. That’s why some of us think important to screen out the terrorists.

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          5. “God does not exist, however, is a doctrinal statement. That makes Atheism a religious belief.”

            Tom, I thought you would have understood this: Father Christmas, Zeus and Apollo or Harry Potter do not exist either and that does not make a religion of non-belief.

            “Doctrine is a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group.” (Google)

            Atheism does not have a set of beliefs taught by anybody, they believe what they like, it is the default state of the human race, we are born as innocent babies knowing nothing, and in fact totally unaware of any gods until taught about the particular religion that they are born into and they are indoctrinated.

            “Since we cannot prove God does not exist, to definitely state God does not exist is a superstitious statement.”

            Wrong, it is proven God does not exist for all atheists, simply because there is nothing to measure a god with, what does he do, where is he, what has he done, what difference has he made? What benefit does he do for Christians? The ball is in your court, prove he exists and we will all become Christians.

            “To believe something we cannot hope to prove is the essence of superstition.”

            Very true, there is no hope of proving any god exists now or ever because they only exist in the theist’s brain.

            “To emphatically state Christianity is just superstition is paramount to stating the God of the Bible does not exist,”

            Absolutely.

            “but you cannot prove a negative. So stating Christianity is just superstition is superstitious.”

            That is gobblygook, how on earth can something that does not exist be proven to exist? No superstition there because no God existing is reality, A God claimed to exist in the supernatural world is superstition.

            You are right on about the murderous lunatics being rare and not affiliated to some kind of movement. They are virtually impossible to find or intercept due to their lone wolf status and unless they are being monitored continuously for some former reason society will have to put up with their insane acts.

            2.6% of the total Australian population are Muslims and so far we have had few terrorist acts involving Islamic terrorist organised events with some being prevented by police before they happened. We have had some isolated incidences of one or two radicalised idiots and most of them used knives. Regardless of the debate over gun laws, I put our luxury of minor terrorist events down to good policing and the difficulty of obtaining weapons on the street.

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          6. @sklyjd

            It seems you have ridicule confused with logic.😕

            Atheism does not have a set of beliefs taught by anybody, they believe what they like, it is the default state of the human race, we are born as innocent babies knowing nothing, and in fact totally unaware of any gods until taught about the particular religion that they are born into and they are indoctrinated.

            So you are still an innocent little babe? An tiny Sgt Shultz from “Hogan’s Heroes”? “I know nothing.”

            What do we know at birth? Since it doesn’t seem possible to have a conversation with a newborn, that’s difficult to say, but children do seem to have innate understanding of the difference between right and wrong.

            Do Atheists uphold a doctrine? Except where an Atheist tyrant hold sway, there is no one true Atheist church. In less autocratic land, each Atheist invents his own doctrine. In America most Atheists resort to “Science” just as the old Pagans once resorted to their gods. Hence, to explain our origins, Atheists uphold as proven the unprovable, theories like the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution. And when all else fails Atheists resort to the last of the old Pagan gods, the god of Chance.

            Have Christians proven God exists? Yep! You can look up the logical proofs and read the Bible. I can’t make you believe. Not my job.

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          7. @sklyjd

            I suppose it is obvious, but obvious often confuses us. The USA has about 12 times the number of people found in Australia, and some terrorists think we are the Great Satan. So we have more terrorist incidents.

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          8. “For all practical purposes, Pagans are Atheists. A Pagan is the epitome of superstition.”

            It is news for me, that Hindus are considered Atheists. Looks to me, like you attempt to smear the lines between useful distinct words. “Pagan” is a Christian term, that used to be a derogatory term for Roman polytheists, and nowadays encompasses any religion (e.g. Buddhism, nature religions, shamanism) outside of the Abrahamitic religions. Atheists and Agnostics are classes of their own.

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      2. Have you heard about the Kaduna State massacre, February 11-12 this year, as well? The majority of dead being Muslims? No?

        Could it be, there is simply a war going on between Christian and Muslim tribes over land ownership? A war that does not get media attention at all in the West?

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        1. @marmoewp

          So it is okay for the news media to play up killings by a madman and ignore a war?

          We have a bunch of fools trying to use the actions of a psycho to bash Trump and as excuse to ban peashooters, but it is okay for them ignore an actual war?

          Because the news media wants illegal immigrants, they ignore strife between Muslims and others. “Islam is the religion of peace.” That’s the party line. So the only time they cover religious or racial violence is when they can use the incident to tar their opponents as white nationalists or as a stupid excuse for gun control.

          Did anyone shoot back at that killer? Why not?

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          1. News media are mostly businesses for profit, vying for the limited commodity “reader attention”, as that is the main source of their income. Hence they tailor their coverage to what they consider important and interesting to their targeted readership. Outside of the gossip carrying yellow press, the media focus on what is happening in my country, what is happening internationally that is relevant to my country, what is happening in my hometown, usually in that order. Accordingly, coverage of conflicts in Africa, South America and Asia in Western media is low, unless there is special interest like the war in Afghanistan, etc. An exception I know of is the BBC, which regularly reports about news from Africa. While New Zealand is usually of low interest to European and American news coverage, unless they are being hit by an Earthquake or there is a sports event, an attack like the one in Christchurch is newsworthy, just like the attacks in Mumbai and elsewhere outside of conflict zones. Christchurch hits especially hard as it is a Western country and has the “it-can’t-happen-here” factor. Did you get news coverage of the Utrecht attack? Same thing. People care more about communities they can relate to and that feel close than to far distant societies.

            The Christchurch attacker in is a white supremacist who single-handedly wiped out one in every thousand Muslims in New Zealand – 0.1% of their entire population – and adds to a long string of attackers in Western countries, that make the point of feeling vindicated and encouraged by Trump’s rethoric.

            I note, that the outrage in right-wing media like Breitbart over the herdsmen vs peasant conflict (where recently jihadis make their inways) only started when it was convenient to deflect from the Christchurch attack. The sites you cite can not even agree on numbers. Bunkerville claims 4,136 Christian killed worldwide in 2018, whereas Fox News claims 6,000 killed in the first six months of 2018 by the Fulani militants alone. ACLED is a project at the University of Sussex, which collects data news reports on killings in armed conflicts worldwide from local news media and seems to be a go-to place for media and academia interested in armed conflicts. They peg the number of people killed by Fulani militia in 2018 at 1774.

            A small test to ask yourself w/o having to reveal results: Off the top of your head, how many heads of state of African nations can you name? Can you name the capitol of Nigeria? How many African countries would you be a able to identify on a map of Africa? I myself fail miserably on the first and second and would do OKish on the third.

            As for Christian persecution, there is a lot of suppression going on in the Muslim world, including our good allies Saudi Arabia where the mere possession of a Bible is prohibited, or Turkey, where priests may neither enter the country nor be educated inside the country, starving Christian communities of their religious leaders.

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          2. @marmoewp

            What drives news coverage is a bit more complex than the simple desire for profit. When you start at that point, you start with a faulty assumption. Makes just about everything that follows untrue because it rests upon a flawed assumption.

            The major news media is owned by big corporations. These companies will never admit it, but they finance their news departments to buy political influence and protection.

            Because every big company controls lots of money and wields lots of power, those in political office will always want something from every big company. In addition, because politicians control taxes, laws, and regulations; big corporations always want something from the government.

            Propaganda is useful under such circumstances. It can be offered without anything overt being said between the parties. No money changes hands. If the object is to destroy an enemy, plausible denial is not even necessary.

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          3. “Makes just about everything that follows untrue because it rests upon a flawed assumption.”

            How convenient, as only the first paragraph is about the news media.

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          4. @marmoewp

            Actually, your comment was all about the news media. In addition to attacking the media sources I cited, you were just trying to justify what the so-called mainstream news media covered and chose to ignore.

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          5. @marmoewp

            What is funny about your explanation for why the so-called mainstream news media focused on New Zealand is that is that it all boils down to this. The New Zealanders look like us, but that sure would not be politically correct.😉

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          6. As for Christian persecution, there is a lot of suppression going on in the Muslim world, including our good allies Saudi Arabia where the mere possession of a Bible is prohibited, or Turkey, where priests may neither enter the country nor be educated inside the country, starving Christian communities of their religious leaders.

            True. Chrisitan persecution throughout the Middle East really skyrocketed after the “Arab Spring” in particular.
            As Ben Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the results.” Christians are unarmed lambs outnumbered about 50+ to one in such places.

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          7. @Liz

            It is kind of screwy. Even though Muslims persecute Christians in Muslim dominated nations, they are probably safer in Christian countries than in Muslim dominated nations.

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          8. “Even though Muslims persecute Christians in Muslim dominated nations, they are probably safer in Christian countries than in Muslim dominated nations.”

            Yes, definitely. I worked with a Pakistani doctor a while back. His family lived there, and he was describing to me how father went to a bank (a couple of months before that conversation) and it exploded about two minutes after he left. Literally, he closed the door and walked a couple of paces and the whole thing blew up. After that he moved the family to the Pakistan/Indian border. It was militarized so it was considered the safest place to be, ironically.
            Back then my husband was an MQ9 guy, so I knew about the tacit agreement we had with the Pakistan government to launch attacks at terrorists from drones inside their territory. Of course, when word got out that agreement ended (just as we had troops in Saudi until the word got out about tent city and we had to leave. I’m glad though, my spouse spent two Christmases there, unable to celebrate Christ’s birth in any way…calling Saudi “friends” is a bit much, we’re more like dubious associates. Because it’s not smart to be active enemies of the country that holds Mecca and Medina).

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          9. “Even though Muslims persecute Christians in Muslim dominated nations,”

            There is one notable exception to that, Kurdish territories. Amongst others, the Kurdish militias put their lifes on the line to defend both Christians and Yazidis from attacks, or just about anyone attacked by jihadists and other enemies.

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          10. @marmoewp

            Don’t know as much about the Kurds as I ought. Still, I don’t think we should abandon the Kurds to the tender mercies of the people around them. What a Gordian knot!

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          11. That’s why our military budget is so large. Doing stuff like that (patrolling Iraq airspace to protect the Kurds for a decade) is expensive. That wasn’t our only security obligation by a long shot. That wore out a lot of our fighters, far before their projected life expectancy.

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        2. Could it be, there is simply a war going on between Christian and Muslim tribes over land ownership? A war that does not get media attention at all in the West?

          I guess we could call it a war that Christians are losing in Nigeria.
          But Nigeria, for all the bloodshed, isn’t even in the top ten worst countries. What’s your explanation for lack of coverage for the rest?

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“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” Ronald Reagan.

TLP

Finding Clear and Simple Faith

Amatopia

Author Alexander Hellene - Sci-Fi - Urban Fantasy - Fantasy - Culture - Art - Entertainment - Music - Fun

John Branyan

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Because The Bible Wasn't Written In English

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Fr. Pietraszko's Corner

Discovering Truth and Love

Victory Girls Blog

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Through Ink & Image

...Pursuing a God Inspired Life

D. Patrick Collins

liberating christian thought

Healthy Mind Ministry

Sharing the Gospel message of hope, strength, love, and peace through Jesus Christ to those who are hurting in their soul or spirit. This is the mission of Healthy Mind Ministry

Conservative Government

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

The Night Wind

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

SGM

Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God. – Rick Warren

Communio

"Fear Not, Only Believe." Mk. 5:36

All Along the Watchtower

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you ... John 13:34

The Bull Elephant

Conservative and libertarian news, analysis, and entertainment

Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

The Family Foundation Blog - The Family Foundation

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Dr. Luis C. Almeida

College Professor

praythroughhistory

Heal the past. Free the present. Bless the future.

Dr. Lloyd Stebbins

Deliberate Joy

Lillie-Put

The place where you can find out what Lillie thinks

He Hath Said

is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort; let it dwell in you richly, as a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life

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from a Biblical perspective

partneringwitheagles

WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS (LIFE,LIBERTY,AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS) IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE A NEW GOVERNMENT...

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bluebird of bitterness

The opinions expressed are those of the author. You go get your own opinions.

Pacific Paratrooper

This WordPress.com site is Pacific War era information

Running The Race

Hebrews 12:1

THE RIVER WALK

Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

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My Walk, His Way - daily inspiration

Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Kingdom Pastor

Living Freely In God's Kingdom

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