Tag Archives: Persecution

Dan Proft: The Slaughter of Christian Innocents

“Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka church bombings stroke far-right anger in the West.”

That was the headline in the Washington Post the day after the world learned the Easter Sunday church bombers were radical Islamist terrorists.

It seems the Post isn’t sure if Christianity is under attack. But it is sure only the “far-right” is upset about the massacre of “Easter worshippers,” as they term them.

Historically, the Left has used perceived persecution to accrue power—so they are reticent to have Christians benefit from actual persecution, thus they use the label “Easter worshippers”—as if it’s a spring festival of sorts.

This is how identity politics works and it is at work in the coverage of the slaughter of Christian innocents.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and leading Democrats all used “Easter worshippers” language, generating much-deserved pushback.

No atrocity is so great as to prevent the Left’s pursuit of power.

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Jerry Bowyer: Persecution Is an All-Around Bad Idea

We’ve seen headlines coming out of China recently about a flagging economy—and we’ve seen headlines about a government crackdown on the Christian faith. Perhaps these two are related.

Two friends who are also experts on the Chinese economy, point out how evangelical Christians in China tend to be successful entrepreneurs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is known to be a student of history. Here’s a good study topic, 300 years ago the French Royalty persecuted and drove out their evangelical Huguenot citizens, who were also the core of the entrepreneurial class. The resulting economic stagnation helped lead to the French revolution and the death of the royal class.

Chinese elites fear economic stagnation could lead to revolution. Then they should stop cracking down on tens of millions of China’s most economically productive citizens.

That’s a bad idea anytime, but especially during an economic slowdown, and has a history of bad endings.

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Jerry Bowyer: China Is Both Wrong and Foolish in Persecuting the Church

Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China has been in detention for over a month now—along with his wife and dozens of church members.

Christianity has been growing rapidly in China, which apparently frightens President Xi Jinping. His fear is misplaced. Chinese Christians are good citizens and productive workers. Instead of fearing the growth of the church, Xi should fear the consequences of his own crackdown.

We’re engaged in a research project which shows the correlation between persecution and regime change. It’s abundantly clear: Regimes which persecute the Church are much more likely to be removed.

Since 2000, the 50 worst persecutors have seen a sky high 38 percent rate of forced regime change.

Just by numbers alone: If the Chinese government is concerned about losing power, the last thing they should be doing is persecuting the Church.

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