christianheadlines.com, Publication date: August 18, 2014
WASHINGTON Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Somewhere around the world, another Christian is martyred, on average, every three hours, according to a new report that probably not surprisingly identifies nations where radical Islamists are abundant as the worst locations on Earth for Christians to be.Ã‚Â
The new World Watch List research team forÃ‚Â Open Doors InternationalÃ‚Â said the majority of the cases in which Christians are killed over their faith happen in Nigeria, Syria and the Central African Republic.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The alarming increase of violence against Christians in Nigeria over the past months highlights the lack of religious freedom they have and the daily dangers they face from the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other violent Islamic organizations,Ã¢â‚¬Â David Curry, president of Open Doors USA, said.
Organization CEO David Curry added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Going to school, attending church or identifying yourself as a Christian is a very brave decision in Nigeria. It is turning into a bloodbath. Christians in the West must stand in the gap with our prayers and support.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The report looks at the nations where there is the most violence, up to and including murder, against Christians.
It is based on attacks between Nov. 1, 2012, and March 31, 2014, and lists Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, Central African Republic, Mexico, Pakistan, Colombia, India, Kenya and Iraq, in that order.
Observers might be surprised to find North Korea, the 2014 World Watch ListÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s No. 1 worst persecutor of Christians, absent from the Top 10 Violence List.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When it comes to counting the numbers of Christians martyred, it is impossible to get an accurate number for North Korea,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jan Vermeer, Open Doors field worker for North Korea. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is not because there are no Christians being killed for their faith. It is a fact that thousands of Christians are starved, abused and tortured in North KoreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extensive prison system. But due to an inability to derive sufficiently accurate figures about the reasons for killing Christians in this most secretive society, North Korea is excluded from the total number of killings.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In all countries where Christians are persecuted, researchers recorded 3,641 churches and Christian properties destroyed and 13,120 other forms of violence against Christians such as beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests and forced marriages.
The United Kingdom’s National Health Service is planning to offer sex-change treatment to children as young as 9, using a controversial drug that will block the onset of puberty.
Known as hypothalamic blockers, the drugs prevent the development of sexual organs so that less surgery is needed if the patient decides to change sex after reaching adolescence.
The treatment, aimed at youngsters who claim they feel trapped in the wrong body, has come under severe criticism, with Conservative MP Andrew Percy accusing the clinic offering the drug of “playing God.”
Percy says, “I think many people will be horrified at the thought of a 9-year-old being provided with a drug that effectively stops them developing and maturing naturally.”
Speaking on LBC Radio, Christian Concern’s Andrew Marsh highlighted his reservations, saying, “It’s tragic that children, perhaps as young as 9, are going to be confronted with a choice to take the first step on a journey that could have huge consequences on their lives. It is deeply irresponsible that children as young as 9 are at risk of ideologically driven experiments.”
Police have investigated a Baptist church over a poster which suggested non-believers would burn in Hell.
A 20-year-old passer-by complained the sign did not tally with the message “love thy neighbour.”
The poster read: “If you think there is no God, you better be right” with a picture of burning flames below the words.
Pastor John Rose of Attleborough Baptist Church in Norfolk, said the poster was an attempt to get people to engage with the Christian message and he regretted that it had been interpreted as inciting hatred.
A police spokesman said national guidance required them to investigate the complaint that the poster was offensive and the matter had been recorded as a “hate incident.” After talking to the police the poster was taken down.