Who knew being a Christian in many countries around the world was so dangerous?
Brother Andrew, that’s who. Which is why he founded Open Doors USA, a non-profit organization that encourages and supports believers of Jesus Christ and the Christian faith in over 60 countries.
Part of the group’s mission is to compile information and create a report, called the World Watch List, to determine where their help is most needed.
Turns out their help is needed just about everywhere.
The list compiles the top 50 countries with the highest amount of persecution of Christians. Keep in mind, the site reiterates, the list is not of the only countries where Christians face persecution, just the top 50.
In 16 out of the top 20, Islam is the country’s main religion.
Number one on the list, however, embraces no religion at all. In North Korea, which is an atheistic communist country, there are an estimated 200,000-400,000 Christians present.
They’re considered the lowest “hostile class” because they choose to serve God and not the man who is supposed to be their supreme leader according to the ideology, Kim Jong Un.
Simply having a bible in North Korea can lead to arrest and torture, or to being placed in slave labor camps. They can also just be shot on the spot. North Korea has been number one for Christian persecution every year since the watch list’s inception in 2002.
Christian prisoners are starved and subject to physical abuse by guards. Currently North Korea’s prison system holds approximately 50,00-75,000 Christians.
According to the Watch List:
“Most Christians do not even tell their own children about their faith until the kids are older teenagers, for fear that they may let something slip.”
One North Korean Christian told Open Doors USA:
“One day the borders will open and we will unite with the South Korean and the Chinese church to bring the gospel to some of the darkest places on this earth.”
Number two on the list is Afghanistan. Here, Christians are seen to be traitors to Islam, with 99% of the nation being Muslim. Anyone who converts is seen as treason for renouncing the religion, and are often killed by their own families.
If they aren’t killed, they could be sent to a mental institution, because they believe, the List reports, “no sane person would leave Islam.”
The report says:
“Christians are at risk all over the country, but especially vulnerable in areas where radical Islamic groups are present.”
A Christian in Afghanistan told Open Doors USA:
“How we survive daily, only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”
The Taliban and ISIS are so influential in the area that neighborhoods will often report anyone even looking into another religion, and the violent groups will respond to “re-indoctrinate” them, by torture.
Third is Somalia, where al-Shabaab, the Islamic group prominent in the nation, “has repeatedly expressed its desire to eradicate Christians from the country,” according to the Watch List. Somalia is also 99% Muslim.
Converts to Christianity will be harassed, tortured, or killed by their clan or families.
The List reported that “Islamic militants intensified their hunt for people who are Christian and in a position of leadership” in Somalia.
Both Afghanistan and Somalia had many reports of attacks, violence, and murders by the nation of Islam against Christians have been noted, but the List states that they don’t publish specific details “in the interests of security.”
In Libya, number four on the list, the lack of a central government to uphold order is a big reason there is so much persecution. Here, the Watch List reports, “There is no freedom of speech, no equal treatment of Christians, no recognition of the church and no churches being built.”
At least in Libya Christian migrant workers are allowed to meet to worship, but not without constant fear of coming under attack by Islamic militants.
The most dangerous areas in Libya are those still controlled by ISIS. In those areas, discovered Christians can be sent to detention centers, or delivered to criminal groups or human traffickers. Christian migrants held in the detention centers have reported being raped and beaten, and some are sold for slavery.
The fifth most dangerous country for Christians is Pakistan. Here:
“All Christians suffer from institutionalized discrimination, illustrated by the fact that occupations seen as low, dirty and derogatory are reserved for Christians by the authorities. Many Christians are poor and some are victims of bonded labor.”
In Pakistan, churches that have historically been Roman Catholic or Anglican are able to practice under the heavy monitoring of Muslim extremist militants. Christians are considered second class citizens and face anti-blasphemy laws.
Rankings on the list are decided by factors such as violence, church life, national life, community life, family life, and private life for Christians. The watch list reports that across these nations, “every day, eight Christians are killed for decision to follow Jesus.” Additionally, twenty-three Christians are raped or sexually assaulted daily.
An average of 309 Christians are unjustly imprisoned every month.
Open Door USA invites people to pray for those persecuted in countries abroad, and also offers many opportunities to volunteer, write letters, advocate, and donate.
You wouldn’t be alone if you missed the report out of Nigeria this week. That’s because the mainstream media is virtually silent as Muslim militants continue killing Christians in Nigeria.
And the American left, the ‘champions of tolerance and human rights’ are turning a blind eye to the travesty, because the dead are merely Christians.
Were it to be reversed, that is all that CNN, MSNBC and Hollywood would be talking about, and rightfully so…but why the hypocritical silence when the violence is directed towards Christians?
At least 120 Nigerian Christians have been killed in the past 11 months in a string of violent attacks that are being attributed to Fulani militants.
According to Breitbart, the latest attack came last Wednesday, when 20 Fulani attacked the predominately Christian village of Kulben.
“They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to scamper into surrounding bushes,” said 40-year-old Michael Mutding, who witnessed the incident.
“Corpses of those killed have been evacuated by soldiers and police to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital; and all the victims are members of COCIN.”
On March 11 alone, a string of attacks left 53 dead and 143 homes destroyed in the villages of Inkirimi and Dogonnoma in the Kajuru Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Just a day before that, an attack on the village of Ungwan Barde killed 17 people and destroyed dozens of homes. One month prior, about 16 people had been killed in Ungwan Barde village in a series of attacks on Feb. 9 and 10.
The governor of Kaduna State imposed a curfew last week on the local government area owing to the deadly outbreak of violence.
On Feb. 26, some 32 Nigerian Christians were killed in the Maro district of the Kaduna State. The attackers burned down an evangelical church and shot people fleeing. This violence was also suspected to be the work of Fulani militants.
Local lawmakers say the recent attacks have displaced at least 3,000 locals, with many people’s homes destroyed and many others fleeing for safety.
In Benue State, Fulani attacks on several villages on March 4 left 23 dead.
Violence by Fulani militants in Nigeria exploded over a year ago. The Fulani are a majority-Muslim ethnic group, and many Fulani live as semi-nomadic herdsmen.
Christian communities in rural parts of Nigeria are commonly the victims of violence by Fulani militants.
In addition to the ethnic and religious differences, some trace the violence to changes in Nigerian law that made it harder for Fulani herdsmen to find land for their herds.
Christian Death Toll Rises to 200 in 4-Day Muslim ‘Killing Spree’ in Nigeria | Breitbart https://t.co/0jZu6pGHsp
— TomMurphy (@ChildHopeWW) December 17, 2019
In November 2017, the Nigerian government banned herdsmen from having their livestock graze on other people’s property. The law was aimed at avoiding clashes between the Muslim herdsmen and Christian villagers — but the explosion of violence seems to prove that the policy change only escalated tensions.
Fulani gunmen in Benue State shot up a Catholic church during an early morning Mass in April 2018, killing two priests and about 15 laity. The priests’ deaths sparked protests in the weeks that followed with Catholic clergy calling on the Nigerian government to better protect its citizens.
In May 2018, suspected Fulani militants attacked a Catholic seminary. Gunmen assailed two priests and a handful of seminarians at Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Jalingo, the capital city of Taraba State in Nigeria. The attackers beat the priests with rods, shooting one of them in the leg, and did damage to an automobile and other property.
In June 2018, some Christian farmers allegedly attacked Fulani herdsmen. In the series of retaliatory attacks that followed, Fulani gunmen killed about 120 people in Plateau State in central Nigeria. There were apparently disputes regarding the exact body count; it could be as low as 86 people or as high as 200.
Armed Muslim Fulani raiders stormed a Christian village in central Nigeria, killing 13 and wounding three more. https://t.co/zrkVS1GY0k
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 12, 2020
The outbreak of violent clashes with Fulani militants came just as Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram was on the decline in Nigeria. Government forces beat back the terror organization with significant help from overseas powers — including the United States.
Amid the Fulani violence, some Nigerians have laid blame on President Muhammadu Buhari, who is of Fulani descent.
Bishop William Amove Avenya of the diocese of Gboko in Benue State warned last year that Fulani violence could quickly become a full-fledged genocide against Christians in central Nigeria.
“Please don’t make the same mistake as was made with the genocide in Rwanda,” Avenya told Aid to the Church in Need in June last year. “It happened under our noses, but no one stopped it. And we know well how that ended.”
But, in what can only be called blatant hypocrisy, an American recording artist is renouncing her US citizenship and moving it to a place where Christians are being murdered for being Christian, Nigeria. Why? Because the US killed an Iranian terrorist.
First of all, we have no idea who the hell Cardi B is. Secondly, we don’t give a damn what she thinks about anything. Thirdly, if she wants to apply for Nigerian citizenship, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Cardi B, or whatever her preferred name might be, is apparently a rapper. She supports Bernie Sanders, socialist candidate running as a Democrat for president.
Oh no! How on earth will the rap scene in the U.S. survive? Whatever will President Trump do? Lose Cardi B? To Nigeria?
Taking out a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of others is apparently a dumb move. Apparently Cardi B must have dropped out of school because her tweet takes on the appearance of being from an illiterate moron.
She then shared photos of herself, her daughter Kulture (don’t ask me), and her husband, rapper Offset (don’t ask me) dressed in traditional African clothing.
As has been widely reported, last week President Trump ordered the airstrike near Baghdad International Airport that took out Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces.
On Tuesday, Iran launched a largely symbolic retaliatory strike the damaged two Iraqi bases which housed U.S. and coalition forces. There were no fatalities.
Of course, when America wants military advice, we go to Hollywood stars and rap artists because well, they’re so woke.
Cardi B is a “celebrity” who frequently lets America know her opinions on politics with millions of followers on social media. Since she is a “well spoken, articulate ‘artist’”, she lets loose on various topics. Last January speaking of the government shutdown, she posted on Instagram:
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She continued, “Our country is in a hell hole right now all for a f-cking wall and we really need to take this serious[ly].” Apparently if she’s talking about hell holes she must be speaking of San Francisco, Los Angeles or Portland.
What is even crazier is that Democrat politicians apparently think she’s the best thing since sliced bread. In her expletive-laced video on Instagram referenced above, senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) all discussed on Twitter whether they should retweet the video, which she had shared on the platform. You cannot make this stuff up.
And she just loves her some Bernie Sanders.
“This man has been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such a long time. Seeing this country become a better place [has] been his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”
The best part of the article referenced above in The Hill were the comments. Here are a few:
“Finally, an interesting article in the Hill. Cardi B is extremely well versed in political matters. She, Snoop Dog and Nikki Minaj are the top thinkers of the day. I’m glad the Hill recognizes this. Now I no longer have to just rely on the National Enquirer for my news”- Stella Blue
“Some Nigerian “Prince” still owes me $20 million dollars.”- pithy repartee
“First vile terrorist Soleimani is assassinated and now this! It’s been a good week for America”- Jack_Hole
“Welp, it looks like WW3 ended before any of you liberals could burn your draft cards.”- usaf317_still_here
“Yeah she’s a real class act. A former stripper who drugged men then robbed them. I’m not surprised liberals would admire that sort of degenerate criminal behavior.” -AmericanGenius
“I encourage her to swim there—with Al Sharpton under one arm and Maxine Waters under the other.” -Adorbs
Now, if this no-talent, foul-mouthed loser can take some of the other Hollywood and “entertainment” whack jobs with her, that would be a real service to the country.
We’ll leave with with a message to overpaid celebrities from a retired officer.
I’m going to warn you right off the bat: If you’re easily offended, do not read this article.
And I mean that. I don’t want any hate mail, I don’t want any comments saying how I’m racist, homophobic, sexist, and any other “ist” you can think of. Just don’t read.
Now that that’s out of the way. I’m really tired of all the hypocrisy in this country, particularly in Hollywood and on social media.
I’ve noticed a lot of, I guess, celebrities on social media lately speaking out against President Trump, gender, immigration, and any other popular topic in the news of the day. I’m not sure if maybe they are just desperately trying to become relevant again or what, but it’s getting old.
For example. Rose McGowan. If you don’t recognize the name, she was on the TV show Charmed. In the late 90’s. Most recently, this former actress has taken to Twitter to apologize to Iran for the airstrike killing terrorist Soleimani.
You read that correctly: She APOLOGIZED for the United States protecting our embassy and our soldiers and civilians by taking out a known terrorist threat.
She continued to say:
“We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime.”
Are you freaking kidding me, Rose? You clearly do not understand what the word “terrorist” means. And it’s actually quite insulting for you to use that word to the people of Iran who have been exposed to an insane amount of terrorism in the middle east.
When another Twitter user questioned her, the response was, “Eat shit.” Classy.
Alyssa Milano. While I enjoyed watching Who’s the Boss?, no one born in the last 2 decades knows what it is. Yes, yes, she was also in Charmed, but no one cares.
Her most recent tweet is this, in response to President Trump’s warning Iran against striking any Americans:
“I beg of you to realize; this is all to distract us from the pending impeachment trial. American lives will be lost, and he doesn’t give a fuck.”
Alyssa is constantly on social media bashing the President, pushing women’s rights (which are already a thing so why are we still talking about it?), whining about global warming.
Her podcast, Sorry Not Sorry, which I had never even heard of until I actually clicked onto her Twitter account, does much of the same. She wishes everyone (or at least everyone that agrees with her point of view) a “happy, safe, and progressive 2020.”
In a description of a podcast from December, Alyssa posts:
“If you’re raising a son, please listen to the most recent episode of my podcast…So many men are taught toxic behavior at a very young age, and it follows throughout their lives.”
I am raising a son! Should I listen? I wondered.
I’m glad I read the following post before making that decision, because it’s not really about how men are taught toxic behavior in the sense that they’re not allowed to be men and how they have to bow down to whatever women saw because “equality.” It’s about “how few teenage boys know about consent and the damage this failure of education does to our culture.”
Right. So, it’s attempting to push the #metoo movement.
Hard pass, Alyssa.
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