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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Christ is risen

And, as he warned, the world continues to hate him and those who follow him.
As Christians around the world prepare to observe the holy weekend of Easter, many will be asked at their services to pray for the persecuted around the world. After years of advocacy groups raising awareness, the plight of the Christians of the Middle East, particularly in the former Islamic State territories, has become common knowledge among American Christians. Yet they are far from the only group that will celebrate Easter this year in defiance of state persecution, mob violence, and repressive cultural norms imposed by groups threatened by the spread of the Christian faith.

Below, six countries where Christians struggle to practice their faith freely against systematic institutional and cultural pressure.

China: Xi Jinping has led a systematic crackdown on “unauthorized” Christianity that has worsened year after year since he became “president” in 2013. Xi has led a movement to “sinicize” Christianity, forcing the legal Christian churches to deliver sermons extolling the virtues of his regime. “Unauthorized” Christianity is deemed a “national security threat,” and Christians who dare worship in their homes face severe law enforcement reprimand.

Venezuela: Dictator Nicolás Maduro and his subordinates have struggled for years to submit the Christian faith to their whims – publishing socialist Christmas carols, identifying their policies with the Gospels, and proclaiming that “Christ is Chavista.”

India: In India, the repression faced by many Christians is not at the hands of the government, but at the hands of violent Hindu nationalist mobs. According to Open Doors, an organization that tracks the persecution of the Christian faithful worldwide, the permissive attitude of a Hindu nationalist government has allowed for the exacerbation of violence against these communities, some of the oldest Christian congregations on earth. In one incident this year, a mob tortured and hanged a Christian pastor after six months of loudly disturbing Sunday services. Local police ruled the death a suicide, triggering thousands to protest for justice.

Nigeria: Nigeria’s population is 40 percent Christian, with many practicing freely in the nation’s south. In the north, however, Christians face severe persecution from jihadist groups like Boko Haram and violence by the majority-Muslim Fulani herdsmen against Christian farmers. The herdsmen are believed to be conducting raids targeting Christians and have killed an estimated thousands of civilians.

Sudan: Sudan, a nation run by Muslim tyrant wanted for genocide, is one of the most repressive states in the world, a Muslim-majority tyranny where Christians face destruction of property and arbitrary arrest if they are too visible. Open Doors ranks Sudanese Christians in the top five most persecuted Christian nationalities in the world.

Indonesia: Indonesian Christians are under growing public scrutiny. While Christians have long coexisted in the world’s most populous Islamic country, they have increasingly fallen victim to radical Islamic mobs.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
- Luke 6:22

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Blogger manfred arcane April 01, 2018 6:34 AM  

Impossible, for Sam Harris teaches that the adherents of Eastern Religions like the based Hinduism would never-ever persecute others on religious basis.

Blogger James Chinery April 01, 2018 6:37 AM  

A blessed Easter to ya'll and your families.

Blogger Unknown April 01, 2018 6:55 AM  

Off-topic, but congratulations on getting Zoe Quinn's book nominated for a Hugo - it is a fine work of fiction and she deserves getting a rocket [no innuendo intended].

I can't believe no one has figured out who was behind this yet...

Blogger paul b. April 01, 2018 7:07 AM  

Happy Easter to all you decadent New Calendarists.

Anonymous Anonymous April 01, 2018 7:17 AM  

A blessed Easter to all.

Anonymous Anonymous April 01, 2018 7:20 AM  

Happy Easter to you, your family and to all Ilk. May the rest of the world come to know the Blessing of God the Father through his risen Son, Jesus Christ.

Blogger YIH April 01, 2018 7:30 AM  

Israel: Israel Is Not As Christian-Friendly As You Think, Christians Feel Growing Oppression in Israel, Christian Persecution in 'Hostile' Israel Highlighted by Evangelical Group, Israel Condemned For Threatening Future of Christianity in the Holy Land.
But y'all have a Merry Christmas anyway :)

Blogger Silent Cal April 01, 2018 7:36 AM  

He has risen indeed!

Stand firm in the Lord.
~Philippians 4:1

Blogger Aeoli April 01, 2018 7:38 AM  

He is risen indeed, and thank God.

Anonymous Anonymous April 01, 2018 7:41 AM  

A blessed Easter to you.

And Happy Palm Sunday to you fellow Orthodox.

Blogger Tank April 01, 2018 7:54 AM  

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all.

Blogger Rantor April 01, 2018 8:37 AM  

Christ the Lord is risen today! Hallelujah! May God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forevermore.

Blogger HoosierHillbilly April 01, 2018 9:00 AM  

Happy Easter to everyone! Keep up the good fight, as our Lord has already captured the victory.

Blogger Salt April 01, 2018 9:16 AM  

Happy Easter to all, for He is Risen!

Blogger Felix Bellator April 01, 2018 9:35 AM  

He is risen indeed. Happy Easter, and may God's blessings be upon you all.

Blogger Ingot9455 April 01, 2018 9:36 AM  

On the topic of both comics and persecutions of Christians; Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is starting a seven issue limited series, Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden where the historical persecution of Christians in Japan is a heavy plot element if not the central one.

Blogger Beau April 01, 2018 9:36 AM  

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.


Anonymous Anonymous April 01, 2018 9:46 AM  

A blessed Easter to all, especially the ilk.

Blogger OneWingedShark April 01, 2018 9:48 AM  

He is risen indeed!

Blogger Zaklog the Great April 01, 2018 9:49 AM  

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
- Luke 6:22



Conversely, if the world happily approves of your Christian faith and practice . . . well, perhaps you'd better take a second look at your beliefs.

Blogger Mercy April 01, 2018 9:49 AM  

Happy Palm Sunday, Papal claims denier.

Blogger Raggededge April 01, 2018 9:50 AM  

He is risen indeed. Praise the Lord!

Blogger MendoScot April 01, 2018 10:20 AM  

He is risen and our victory is assured.

Now to the fight.

Blogger Mom April 01, 2018 10:40 AM  

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. A blessed Easter to you and your family, Voc. And to all who read this blog.

Anonymous Anonymous April 01, 2018 10:53 AM  

Happy Easter all ilk, dread ilk, and VFM!

Blogger Michael Maier April 01, 2018 10:55 AM  

He IS Risen. And Hope with Him.

Blessings upon all here.

Blogger SirHamster April 01, 2018 11:07 AM  

Happy Easter, all!

Blogger Quilp April 01, 2018 11:09 AM  

He is risen indeed.

Blogger jaericho April 01, 2018 11:16 AM  

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Blogger Starboard April 01, 2018 11:18 AM  

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blogger M. Bibliophile April 01, 2018 11:36 AM  

He is risen indeed! Blessing to you and yours, Vox, and to all who read here and beyond! Alleluia!

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 01, 2018 11:36 AM  

Israel and Jews love to beat the shit out of Christians! Oh and Happy Passover too?

Blogger Sherwood family April 01, 2018 11:47 AM  

Jesus has risen,
Jesus, our friend.
Joy fills our hearts;
He lives again.
Praises we sing to him,
This Easter-time.
Jesus has risen,
Savior divine.
Jesus has risen,
Savior divine.

A Happy Easter to Vox and family, the Dread Ilk, VFMs, and everybody else!

Blogger KBuff April 01, 2018 12:01 PM  

Happy Easter, everyone.

Blogger DonReynolds April 01, 2018 12:13 PM  

Happy Easter to Everyone!
Good Christians and Bad Christians, Non-Christians, Anti-Christians, All.
Have a Happy Easter.
Spend time with your family if you have one.
Share a smile with strangers and the people you know well.

Blogger James Dixon April 01, 2018 12:18 PM  

Happy Easter to Vox, his family, and to all Ilk and VFM everywhere.

Blogger HardReturn¶ April 01, 2018 12:49 PM  

Easter joy to you all!
The greatest April Fool joke ever played was that first Easter when the devil thought he had won, thought he had beaten God… and from an empty tomb came the laughing voice of the living Christ… April Fool! Gotcha, Satan…

Blogger Nate April 01, 2018 1:03 PM  

Where's they victory boasting grave?

Blogger Ahärôwn April 01, 2018 1:09 PM  

He is risen indeed.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein April 01, 2018 1:15 PM  

Happy Easter to Vox, his family, the Dread Ilk and all the regular and irregular commentators and lurkers!

Speaking of resurrections...this from Rod Dreher on the Hondurans marching through Mexico on the way to the US:

Matt says:
March 31, 2018 at 11:32 pm
You don’t even attempt to grapple with what could happen to those people if they are turned away.

[NFR: So? — RD]*


*NFR = Note from Rod

Anonymous Anonymous April 01, 2018 4:14 PM  

The greatest April Fool joke ever played was that first Easter when the devil thought he had won, thought he had beaten God…

Indeed! The Harrowing of Hades is not something that is spoken of nearly enough.

Today Hades sighs, "It would have been better if I had not received the Son of Mary. When he approached me, as God, he loosed my power and crushed my brazen gates, awakening the souls which were mine." Glory to your Crucifixion and Resurrection, O Lord.

Today Hades sighs, "My power has vanished, because I received a Man, dead as one of the dead, but I could not hold him completely. Rather, I lost him with all my subjects. From the beginning of time, I have held control over the dead, but this One raised them all." Glory to your Crucifixion and Resurrection, O Lord.

Today Hades sighs, "My power has been swallowed up; the crucified Shepherd has raised Adam, and those whom I had possessed I lost. Those whom I had swallowed up by my power, I have given up completely. The Crucified has emptied the graves, and the power of death has vanished." Glory to your Cross and Resurrection, O Lord.


(From the Orthodox Church's hymns of Holy Saturday)

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 01, 2018 10:52 PM  

Just made the mistake of watching Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC. Sign of the times: women apostles and no Resurrection.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 01, 2018 11:43 PM  

TontoBubbaGoldstein wrote:You don’t even attempt to grapple with what could happen to those people if they are turned away.

[NFR: So? — RD]*

*NFR = Note from Rod


Roddy seems slightly less cucked on this issue than I expected. He's still terrified of being called racist.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 02, 2018 12:02 AM  

"Conversely, if the world happily approves of your Christian faith and practice . . . well, perhaps you'd better take a second look at your beliefs."

Case in point: the mainstream media only started speaking kindly of the Catholic pope after John XXIII was putatively elected. They love Francis, of course.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 02, 2018 12:04 AM  

"The greatest April Fool joke ever played"

God is a stern judge, but he does in fact have a better sense of humor than any human being.

Blogger Peter Gent April 02, 2018 12:17 PM  

VFM #7634 wrote:"The greatest April Fool joke ever played"

God is a stern judge, but he does in fact have a better sense of humor than any human being.

Yes, on Satan. Surprise!

Blogger Dirk Manly April 02, 2018 4:52 PM  

@42

"Just made the mistake of watching Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC. Sign of the times: women apostles and no Resurrection."

What do you expect from a musical written by a flamboyant fag?

Blogger SciVo April 02, 2018 10:27 PM  

Easter hot take: SJWs are basically flat humanists -- like flat-earthers, except their fantasy is that humanity is perfectible in this world. And then they mock us who know better for believing a "hoax".

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