United States Appears For The First Time On List Of Countries To Watch For Persecution Of Christians

According to a new report from International Christian Concern, for the first time the United States has been placed on the “Wall of Shame” for countries to watch for Christian persecution. While noting that what Christians experience in the USA in not at all what Christian in countries like Iraq or Nigeria experience, the report notes the fact that Christianity is being publicly marginalized by an increasingly hateful, militant secularism that is encoding their open disdain into law in the United States:

In short, Christians in the US are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and closeminded. 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 rise of these cases stems partly from a broad cultural shift towards secularism. 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). Anti-Christian entities have been able to leverage the growing secularization of society and culture to their advantage, utilizing the courts as a preferred venue to gradually marginalize and silence Christians. Using the cudgel of “equality,” secular forces in and out of the courts have worked to create a body of law built from one bad precedent after another. Claims of intolerance and inequality are used to fundamentally distort the clear intent of the First Amendment. The Founders carefully and deliberately placed religious freedom as the first liberty because it encompasses several fundamental rights including thought, speech, expression, and assembly. The First Amendment explicitly grants freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. The essential aim is to protect the right of citizens to practice religion in the public square.

Decades of accumulated poor judicial decisions and precedents have twisted the First Amendment so that the courts, in defiance of the Founders, are pushing religion out of the public square, and into the small space of private expression. In essence, the courts are deciding that you only have full religious freedom and expression in the church and your home. In the public domain, your religious views and thoughts must be restrained and controlled.
This trend is extremely worrying in the country that has long held the ideal of religious liberty.

While there is no comparison between the life of a Christian in the US with persecuted believers overseas, ICC sees these worrying trends as an alarming indication of a decline in religious liberty in the United States. (source, page 11)

We’ve been warning you this was coming. We’ve said that Christianity in the USA has been in decline and that if things did not change, Christians would become an unwanted group subject to the same discrimination and even attack as Christians are in other countries are every day. In other words, the horrors of the old would eventually come to the new world.

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  • magaforever

    Ching ching pow is my method… There will be war in the streets ..how soon they forget that we have all the guns and numbers.. They cant stop a million man mob…or 2..or 10

  • I’m afraid this started under Bush Jr. I remember reading how the Christians Defense Coalition were alarmed at the eroding freedom for Christians in this nation. It has accelerated under Obama.

    Even under Trump I still expect for Christian persecution to occur.

    • Kamau41

      No doubt about it. No one in their right frame of mind can deny this reality.

      This is why we always say we must be extra prepared for the persecution that is coming…

      • mikifenn

        Read your Bible. Jesus plainly said that we would be persecuted for his name’s sake.

    • OrthodoxChristianAmerican

      I do too, although I think there will first occur an actual acceleration of apostasy in Trump’s first term, followed by persecution.

      • Now that you have said it, here’s what I’m going to predict.

        All the pent up resentment against Catholics are going to explode across the nations. It will be dog eat dog fight.

        • OrthodoxChristianAmerican

          It’s going to be ugly, but it will have the effect of clarifying for everyone where the two camps are.

          • Kamau41

            I’m thinking along the same lines. We are beginning to see the separation of the sheeps from the goats.

          • That’s right.

          • Exactly so.

  • Kamau41

    No surprise at all reading this very alarming report. The conditions and trends within our society is definitely ripe.

    I certainly been believing the days of persecution will intensify and will soon be much more widespread….It’s just a matter of time.

  • Ceirwyn

    This has been coming for a long time, though it’s been hidden from the site of most. I can only pray that christians will be bold enough to get involved to make changes and stand up.

    Christians in the US have been saying this for years now, but have been laughed at when they said there was persecution in the US to. It’s just taken this long to become legalized.

    • Brenda

      The same one’s are laughing now, But just admitting that they hate Christianity and would rather live in a world of perversions, Because that is what they like and defend instead after all. Maybe that Micheal Moore was on to something when he was holding a sign saying were all Muslim, I can honestly see today’s Liberals all going for it out of nothing more then defiance.

  • Darren Neufeldt

    So far Canada seems to be a safe(r) place to be Christian, although I would say it probably won’t be for long.

    • Frederikahere

      Nope.
      Didn’t you hear of the pastor who was imprisoned for “hate speech” for saying homosexuality is a sin?

      • Darren Neufeldt

        Nope, didn’t hear that.

  • racarrera

    On the contrary, it’s becoming more and more safe for Christians.

    • frmatthew

      Yes. As long as one is a member of a “registered church.”

      • racarrera

        You mean a real one. Too many cults tried to enter Russia when times were bad. That has been ended, thankfully.

  • Dan

    While noting that what Christians experience in the USA in not at all what Christians in countries like Iraq or Nigeria experience,

    That’s because it’s not and it is ridiculous to make the comparison. In fact this discredits IMO this ICC ability to report factual news.

    If people think atheist bashing christmas is marginalizing christianity then alright.
    Because that’s about as bad as it gets and it’s seasonal.
    But the fact that Christianity Dominates the airwaves, radio. billboards and word on the streets means there is no threat here at all.

    However, Islam is trying to bully its way into our culture and government.
    That is a threat!

    • Grace Ziem

      Both are a threat, Dan. Look through a few issues of ICC monthly newsletter; the growing number of anti-Christian activities is striking compared with even 1-2 decades ago.Christianity doesn’t “dominate” anything; it is just still allowed to pay for advertising, and use airways; we can’t sit by until this, too, is lost.

      • Dan

        Sorry Grace but the statistics and facts would disagree with you.
        Right now Christians are over 70% of the American population and like I said our culture dominates the airwaves and streets of every city in the US. The only reason there is anti- Christian anything is because of Barry O’s administration and even that should go away soon with a Trump presidency. At least I pray that it does.
        Grace my initial statement was more for the audience on here that are not in the US and it’s meant to reassure people America is still as strong as it ever was and it still is a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.
        Unbeknownst to the American population we elected a Muslim for president ; a man who hates this country and did everything he could to destroy what American excellence stood for.
        However, I do agree American Christians better wake up!
        Islam means to dominate our government through overpopulation and I honestly have no answers for how to stop it.

        That to me is what’s Truly scary.

        • Grace Ziem

          Well, I guess there are different definitions of Christian: it seems we have allowed others to dominate the US agenda for too long. Yes, Obama is clearly a Muslim, as documented years ago in NYT bestseller, The Muslim Brotherhood, which also described how he has tried to maximize Muslim influence in our schools/universities, prisons, military, government and elsewhere. There is a major challenge to keep our liberty.

  • Says you.

  • racarrera

    Indeed, it is becoming that way. Even in Chechnya, they are leaving Christians alone.

  • Julie LaBrecque

    Paul – please enlighten all of us ignorant Catholics here – what is the name of your church and did YOUR MANMADE CHURCH promulgate and canonize the Bible? Ever heard of the councils of Hippo and Carthage? Darn it for you, those guys weren’t protestants, they were Catholics. Your MANMADE religions/churches removed books – for shame.

  • Georgeorwell

    Free-masonic America was founded on principals that persecute the Church. It’s mission is just now more apparent that it has dropped the protestant facade of “Christianity”.

  • ezekiel22

    Paul I am not Catholic but I am a Christian. As a matter of fact I know Catholics that are Christian. You sir are extremely wrong in your statement. Catholics all follow both the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. Do you?
    You or I may disagree with policies etc. and that is fine if we do it intelligently. You failed in that respect.
    It was Christ who said that in this that you will know they are mine in that they love one another even as I have loved them. You are divisive.

  • Kamau41

    What year did your church began?