On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. In 2018, the city of Philadelphia barred Catholic Social Services (CSS) from placing foster children, as it had been doing for over 200 years, unless it changed its policy on same-sex households. Rather than compromise Church teaching, CSS challenged the city’s action in court. They lost at the Third Circuit, but in a 9-0 decision, CSS and religious freedom won the day at the Supreme Court…
The Internal Revenue Service last month denied a Christian nonprofit organization tax-exempt status by arguing its mission of educating and empowering Christians to engage in America’s civic process necessarily benefits the Republican Party…
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, “America’s Doctor” has been exposed as having severe anti-religious bias (something that was obvious all along) while delivering his public safety guidelines during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
Quoting the Bible can’t land you in American prison (yet), but in Helsinki, it’s a different story.
In a case that’s stunned the West, Finland’s former interior minister and leader of the Christian Democrats has been criminally charged for posting a picture of the Bible, opened to Romans 1:24-27. She was disturbed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church joining a gay pride event and decided to remind it what God says about homosexuality. Now, after a two-year investigation, the tweet could put her behind bars...
American Minute with Bill Federer
Roman Empire Persecutions “Early Christians … carried into the Coliseum to make a spectacle for those more savage than the beasts”-William Jennings Bryan
“A report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt … Christians were the most persecuted religious group … Mr. Hunt said he felt that ‘political correctness’ had played a part in the issue not being confronted …The interim report said the main impact of “genocidal acts against Christians is exodus” and that Christianity faced being “wiped out” from parts of the Middle East …Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution but also its increasing severity.”
The Christian church was born into persecution from an anti-Christian one-world government — the Roman Empire…
Editor’s note: In a hearing Thursday held by the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, went back and forth with Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Read their full exchange on masks, social distancing, and more...
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5:10
More than 340 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith.
That’s 1 in 8 worldwide, 1 in 6 in Africa, 2 out of 5 in Asia, and 1 in 12 in Latin America.
NOT ALONE, NOT FORGOTTEN NOT EVER
CLICK HERE for a list or an interactive MAP of countries where persecution is taking place today.
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News updates on the persecuted Church
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Praying for the Persecuted Church review of 40 countries and 7 other areas to pray for
When 13-year-old Shakaina Masih’s mother arrived to take her home from the job at which she helped with housework, she was informed that her daughter had already left. When Shakaina never showed up, concern soon became alarm as her parents urgently filed a missing person report. After initially delaying to respond, police informed Shakaina’s parents that she had converted to Islam and married a Muslim man last month.
Devastated to learn that their teenage daughter was supposedly married to a man whose name they had never even heard, Shakaina’s parents believe she was abducted. “Shakaina is just a kid,” Shakaina’s father, Johnson Masih told Morning Star News. “She was kidnapped and taken to Okara, where they forcibly converted her and conducted the fake marriage to give it a religious cover.” Many Christian parents in Pakistan fear exactly this occurrence — and it is all too common.
Hundreds of girls from Christian and Hindu backgrounds are kidnapped each year and forcibly converted before being raped and often forced to live as their abductor’s wives. Widespread discrimination and the government’s failure to protect religious freedom creates an environment that enables horrific incidences of forced marriage to thrive. Islamic clerics who solemnize underage marriages, magistrates who make the marriages legal, and corrupt authorities who refuse to investigate all contribute to the problem.
For more on this issue and what the United States can do about it, check out Family Research Council’s new publication titled, “Combatting Forced Marriage of Young Women in Pakistan.“
Hardly a day passes without accounts of mass kidnappings of Nigerian schoolchildren, Christian clergy and aid workers gunned down, villages torched, or churchgoers massacred. Africa is in trouble, and the United States and other global leaders must wake up to the horrifying levels of violence suffocating Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Read more in Lela’s op-ed in Newsweek.
In coordination with the United States, new sanctions were placed on several Chinese officials responsible for atrocities in Xinjiang by the United Kingdom, European Union, and Canada. In retaliation, China decided to sanction two U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF) Commissioners, including FRC President Tony Perkins.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s sanctions are nothing but tactics of intimidation, designed to help them save face in an international community that’s denounced their brutal and repressive policies,” Perkins said. It is telling that while Western countries sanction Chinese officials over human rights abuses, China sanctions individuals who merely speak out in defense of the oppressed.
See FRC’s resources:
- Hong Kong Has Gone Dark
- Here’s How Biden Can Get Tough On China’s Muslim Genocide
- New Report Confirms China’s Genocide. It’s Time to Get American Companies Out of Xinjiang.
What we’re working on:
We recently started an “International Religious Freedom 101” series on the FRC Blog. Check out our second installment, “Pakistan Is Captive to Islamist Mob Rule.” Stay tuned for more!
Abortions worldwide this year:
😥 7,875,295 😪
The number of abortions performed worldwide so far this year and counting.
This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.
In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion , there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. 
Stats are from https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion. In 2019, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions. Only 4,279 patients were referred to outside agencies for adoptions; therefore, abortions outnumbered adoption referrals by nearly 81 to 1. According to their 2019 annual report, Planned Parenthood received $616,800,000 from taxpayers and made a profit of $110,500,000.
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The March 2021 edition of
NRL News is Now Available!
You can read all the stories at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/March2021NRLNews.pdf
Pro-Life News Report
• “Evangelicals for Biden” Group Feels Betrayed by Him Making Good on His Promise to Fund Abortions
• Supreme Court Stops College from Denying Christian Students’ Free Speech
• New York Lawmakers Introduce Resolution to Impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo
• 19 States File Motion to Stop Joe Biden From Making Americans Fund Abortion
More Pro-Life News
• Doctors’ Group Says Unborn Babies Can Feel Pain as Early as 12 Weeks
• Janice Dean: “If Andrew Cuomo Won’t Resign, We Must Impeach Him”
• Catholic Bishop Condemns Abortion: We Must “Protect Vulnerable Life, Especially the Unborn”
• “Pro-Life Democrats” Joe Manchin and Bob Casey Betray Pro-Life Americans, Vote for Abortion Funding
Read these news stories and more at LifeNews.com
In just the last few weeks, two mass kidnappings took place, both at schools in northwestern Nigeria. In the first, “unidentified gunmen” attacked a boarding school in Niger state, killing one student and kidnapping 42 others — 38 of the abducted were rescued a week later, presumably by government forces. The day before that rescue, “unknown gunmen” in neighboring Zamfara state kidnapped over 300 girls from a boarding school. On Tuesday, the AP reported the release of 270.
I am not Catholic nor do we at FSM endorse many of their beliefs. Yet anytime free speech (we are not talking about anarchy) is stifled just because you disagree with their view is wrong. Especially considering the hypocrisy of what these media giants do consider “acceptable.”
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Top Christian Conservative Social Media Account Reaching Millions Per Week Shutdown by Instagram
HOUSTON, March 4, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — Instagram shutdown the top Christian conservative social media account in the United States, reaching over five million people per week. Catholic Connect LLC received a copyright infringement notification from Instagram and their account was immediately disabled. Within 48 hours, the Catholic Connect team appealed the Instagram ban showing proof that Catholic Connect does have the rights to use the video that got their account shut down. Instagram has not responded to the Catholic Connect team’s Appeal. The company that licensed the video to Catholic Connect LLC has also reached out to Instagram to retract the copyright infringement and await a response.