An excerpt on the Persecution.org website says:

The final category includes the United States, as well as Russia and Mexico. This is the first time in our history that we’ve included the United States in our annual “Hall of Shame.”

 

By: Tim Brown

Persecution.org is the website of the Christian organization International Christian Concern (ICC), which “exist[s] to relieve the suffering of the worldwide persecuted church and to act as a bridge between the Western church and their suffering brothers and sisters.” The organization listed for the first time the United States in its list of countries that are persecuting Christians.

In the 10-page ICC 2016 Hall of Shame Report, the United States is list on page 11.

The report begins, “On June 11, 2016, Omar Mateen, a US-based radical Muslim, attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and injuring 53 more. In a call to 911, he clearly laid out his motivation. The attack was driven by his allegiance to ISIS and desire for retribution for attacks on ISIS. Incredibly, after the attack, numerous high profile media outlets blamed the attacks on what they perceive as the anti-LGBTQ atmosphere that Christians have created.”

What the media didn’t report was that Mateen was a sodomite who trolled for sodomy with men.

“In short, Christians in the US are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and close-minded,” the report adds. “The characterization in the media may be translating into direct attacks as well. The First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the US dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom, documents such actions and reports that attacks on religion doubled between 2012 and 2015.”

“More importantly, Christians and all religious people are being marginalized through the law,” the report continues. “From the case of a Christian football coach suspended for praying at the 50-yard line, to Christian business owners forced to pay a $135,000 fine for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, the number of troubling cases directed towards Christians has exploded.”

According to the report Intervarsity Christian Fellowship lost their official recognition of a student organization in 2011 and the Georgia Department of Health terminated Eric Walsh just one week after he was hired because he was a Christian preacher and they didn’t like the content of his sermons in 2014.

“The rise of these cases stems partly from a broad cultural shift towards secularism,” the report concludes. “The Pew Foundation found that those identifying as non-religious in the US rose by seven percent, to 23 percent of the total US adult population within just seven years (2007 to 2014).”

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