In North America and Europe we see a “Polite Persecution” through intimidation and legislation.
In Asia and Africa we see more and more “Violent Persecution.”
1. Polite Persecution: in Michigan, Fired for her Faith: A Catholic clinical social worker with 20 years experience providing individual psychological counseling to a diverse group of patients, was fired because she declined marriage counseling to a same-sex couple since her faith teaches marriage is between one man and one woman. Her supervisor said she had to be “a social worker first and a Catholic second.”
“This case shows that people of faith are under assault in the workplace,” said a Thomas More Law Center attorney. “… discrimination against Christians is a civil rights violation that will subject employers to legal liability.”
2. Violent Persecution: Radicalized Hindus have increased violent attacks on the religious minorities of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists. These range from arson of churches to priests beaten & killed, nuns raped, and the destruction of Christian schools, colleges, and cemeteries.
Ten pastors and co-workers were taking 60 children to a Christian summer camp last May when they were surrounded by police, put in prison, and charged with kidnapping, cruelty, and forceful conversion. Although the parents protested saying they wanted their children in the camp, the pastors remained imprisoned.
“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will suffer in the near future.” Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq
Save the Date! Mark your calendar!
Saturday, June 30, Rally For Religious Freedom, 10-12:00, St. John the Baptist HS, Montauk Hwy. West Islip; Public Witness Rosary @ 10:00; Rally @ 10:30; Keynote Speakers: Fr. Eric Fasano, Co-Chancellor DRVC; Sister Constance Viet, Little Sisters of the Poor; Video messages from Bishop Barres & Cardinal Dolan