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(RNS) The global persecution of Christians has gone from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday (Feb.11).


  1. I would normally go into a tirade about conservative politicians having a selective level of concern for human rights abuses in the world.

    However, Rep. Chris Smith is not one of them. He has an admirable (and fairly non-partisan) record when it comes to addressing human rights abroad.

  2. Persecuting of Christians, has and will always be according to the Word of God. John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying.

    What one must do, is define what is a Christian, according to the Bible! Many use Bible words and terminology, yet define their words outside of Biblical definitions. Are the church of Jesus Christ Christians? Are the church of Christ Christians? Are the Jehovah Witnesses Christians? Are Christian Science Christians? Are Church of Christ Christians? Is the World Church of God Christians? How can they not be, with all their religious connotation? NO, and that is emphatic, NOT according to the God of the Bibles definition of what a Christian is!!!

    2John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.

    • Ty,
      You seem just a bit intolerant. Do you really believe in a loving God who only accepts people who agree with YOU?

    • @Ty- Let each one prove what his own work is, and then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.—Gal. 6:4.

      Glad you aren’t “the judge of all the earth”…. HE will judge each one in righteousness.

  3. Violence of one human against another is always wrong. No one should be in fear for their lives or be persecuted for their beliefs. If however they try to force their beliefs onto others, or attempt to infringe upon the human rights of others with their religious dogma, then they should be checked, but that should not include violence, ever.

    The christians are not alone in being persecuted though and do a fair amount of it themselves, so they should not think they hold the moral high ground.

    Their are several reasons for humans to be violent against another human, but perhaps other than mental illness, religious belief is the most pointless as it is only for something that really doesn’t exists, and gains nothing.

    Religion is truly poisonous!!