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Christianity Under Attack Worldwide

Christianity Under Siege From Mideast to N. Korea

Christianity is under attack worldwide

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By Victor Thorn —

Does Christianity face extinction in the Middle East? Some religious scholars fret that within the next decade, Christianity will cease to exist in the very areas where it was formed 2,000 years ago. Leah Barkoukis, the web editor for Townhall.com, stated in a October 17, 2015 article, “The world has witnessed the persecution of Christians at an alarming rate.” Statistics speak for themselves. In 2003, prior to the Iraq War, 1.5 million Christians resided in that country. Today, the number is down to 275,000, a reduction of 82%.

Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist Christians in need, released its annual “Watch List Report” last month. Its CEO, David Curry, encapsulated the findings: “The 2016 World Watch List documents an unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians, making this past year the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history.”

Curry added: “The level of exclusion, discrimination, and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading, and intensifying. Christians, longing to stay in their homes, are being forced to flee for their lives and for their children’s lives.”

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Scalia’s legal views said to buttress Christianity

Scalia’s legal views said to buttress Christianity

by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (5 hours ago

 

NASHVILLE (BP) — Those who criticize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia‘s method of interpreting the Constitution tend to employ a method of interpreting written documents that not only undermines American democracy, but historic Christianity as well.

That’s the conclusion of some conservative literary and Bible scholars in the wake of Scalia’s Feb. 13 death.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believed the Constitution’s meaning is determined by the intent of its original authors.  Portrait of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme CourtScalia belonged to a school of constitutional interpretation known as originalism or textualism — which held that the Constitution’s meaning is determined by the intention of its authors, as indicated by their use of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. In contrast, his legal opponents, known as progressivists, believe the Constitution is a “living” document whose meaning can be shaped and altered by modern judges.

 

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David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program… [Expand Bio]

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