Persecution

Sikhs Most Targeted Religious Group in US after Jews and Muslims, Indicates FBI Report

"Around 60 incidents of hate crimes against Sikhs were reported to the FBI in 2018, making the community the third most commonly targeted religious group after Jews and Muslims in the US, according to an annual report released by the bureau." - PTI

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Chinese authorities raided church, forcibly removed members, moments before demolition

"Authorities in China forcibly removed Christians and arrested several faith leaders gathered at a state-recognized church that suddenly was deemed 'illegal' by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), moments before it was demolished, according to a Chinese persecution watchdog." - Fox

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“They were laying down all the foundational teaching they could in order to prepare their people for whatever was coming. And come it did.”

"From that day on, the lesson has been branded on my heart: freedom of religion and conscience is a precious, foundational, and indispensable right, and we must never take it for granted." - Os Guinness

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Documentary: the world's fastest-growing church is in Iran, has no buildings, and is mostly led by women

"A new film tells the story of the 'fastest-growing church' in the world, an underground, persecuted Christian movement in a country known for exporting radical Islamic terrorism." - Fox

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The Nazi State Church

Berlin, 1933. Wikimedia

The Third Reich’s persecution of Christian churches began shortly after Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of the Weimer Republic, in January 1933. This story has been told in many books. See especially William L. Shirer’s account in his epic The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.1 The following article appeared in the New York Times on January 3, 1942:2

BERNE, Switzerland, Jan. 2—Dr. Alfred Rosenberg, long the antireligious polemist of modern Germany and the protagonist of the “new national church,” has just released for publication a thirty-point program that will form at the same time the program and tenets of the “religion of National Socialism.”

The Nazi religious concept is founded not on the worship of Wotan and Valhalla, dear to the memory of General Erich von Ludendorff, but surprisingly enough, in view of Dr. Rosenberg’s past attacks on Christianity and its teachings, on a partial worship of God, whose works are “eternal.”

Briefly but succinctly he outlines the organization and teachings of the church in the following phrases—for which, as the Swiss Socialist newspaper Volksrecht of Zurich points out, “one needs to be no ecclesiast to draw his own conclusion”:

1. The National Reich Church specifically demands the immediate turning over to its possession of all churches and chapels, to become national churches.

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