The Most Persecuted Minority

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On the anniversary of Lepanto it is good to remember that persecution of Christians is not a long ago phenomenon, but something that occurs routinely around the globe.  The reaction of most Christians in the West is to resolutely ignore this sad fact.  One of the reasons that Christians are so persecuted is because they are perceived as a safe target.  The mightiest nations on Earth, ostensibly with majority Christian populations, will not lift a finger to aid Christians in non-Western lands.    Would that we were today having a Synod about this.

 

 

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  1. One of the reasons it is easy to persecute Christians is that so few of them have any idea that they are being persecuted, since they so attach themselves to the beliefs of their persecutors, they readily accept persecution as fellow sufferers, but as sympathetic co-conspirators in heart.
    Harsh? Not really, when such large majorities of nominal Christian publically support sin, and also support progressive anti-God policies, agendas and political parties..

  2. ‘ Would that we were today having a Synod about this.’
    Trying to be relevant while their ‘culture’ watches and laughs and wails, the Synod wastes time that should be spent teaching to love and serve God.

  3. Recalling the recent murderous rampage of an anti-Christian zealot in Oregon, as most of us now know, the killing of Christians has started in these United States. We also need to remember that the ascendency of atheist Plutarco Elias Calles to Mexico’s Presidency in the early 20th century led directly to the bloody persecution of the Church. Whever atheists or Muslims can control, persecution of Christians is certain to follow.

  4. ‘ … We’ve been cut down to size. Ecclesia Triumphatrix has been replaced by Ecclesia Famulatrix – although I bet Orthodoxy, not so quick to lose her nerve, still celebrates dominically the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Good for them! But for Westerners, who have suffered a collective loss of confidence, the Church is the Servant Church, the only society, we have been rather foolishly informed, which exists to ‘serve’ those who are not members. …’
    from of a reflection on Our Lady of Victories(2) on Liturgical Notes site.

  5. “….the only society, we have been rather foolishly informed, which exists to ‘serve’ those who are not members. …”

    Patricia, in a sense this is correct, but the stated mission of the Church is to evangelize and gain converts–like a Ford dealership that seeks to gain new buyers who are presently driving Chevy’s.
    The problem is that this church today seems ready to, not sell their own Fords to them, but will order custom Chevy’s for them, from the Chevy dealer down below–at a loss.

  6. Mainline Protestantism NEVER took the lead in fighting radical Islam. They were too busy disparaging Catholics. The one Protestant nation to battle Islam was the British Empire, in the 19th century in Afghanistan, in WWI against the Ottomans, and to the modern day.
    Evangelicals versus Islam? Really? Modern secularism against Islam? Modern secularists hate Christianity.

    Only the Catholic Church has a track record of fighting radical Islam, and the post V2 pacifism is failing Christianity.

    There is a YouTube video of 30K Poles marching against Islam. I won’t type what they said, but it’s safe to say Poland has not forgotten its history of fighting Islam.

  7. Penguin Fan wrote, “The one Protestant nation to battle Islam was the British Empire, in the 19th century in Afghanistan…” Whilst at the same time doing everything possible to prop up Ottoman power in the Balkans. The underlying policy in both instances was containment of Russia.
    The record of the Catholic powers is not much better; one recalls Richelieu’s attempts to persuade the Sultan to invade Hungary, as part of his policy of weakening the Habsburgs or the Dual Monarchy’s support of Bismarck’s and Disraeli’s Balkan policy.

  8. Whilst at the same time doing everything possible to prop up Ottoman power in the Balkans.

    “Everything possible?” Between 1829 and 1886 the Ottoman Sultan lost control of every piece of the Balkan peninsula other than Thrace, Albania, and Macedonia. This all happened while Britain was extending its Indian empire and during the early stages of the carve up of Africa.

  9. “The mightiest nations on Earth, ostensibly with majority Christian populations, will not lift a finger to aid Christians in non-Western lands. ”

    Too right!

    Christians are an easy target because they don’t fight back. Christians are taught not to seek revenge. Christians are taught persecution is suffering like Our Lord.

    The polar opposite of Islam.

    The only way to “target” Islam is covertly- say for example, a stampede in Mecca or an “accidental” bombing of a hospital in Syria. That sort of a thing. On the other hand Christians are killed point blank, literally like in Oregan.

  10. Thanks to Michael Paterson-Seymour for “The record of the Catholic powers is not much better; one recalls Richelieu’s attempts to persuade the Sultan to invade Hungary, as part of his policy of weakening the Habsburgs..”
    The Hungarians had a long history of fighting back. The English writer and traveller Richard Hansard recorded it in his Description of Hungary, 1599:
    “It hath been an antient custom among them [Hungarians] that none should wear a fether but he who had killed a Turk, to whom onlie yt was lawful to shew the number of his slaine enemys by the number of fethers in his cappe.” (Phrases. org.uk)

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