Christian Persecution in Georgia
We shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus said the world would hate His followers because it hated Him first (John 15:18).
That prophecy is being carried out with a vengeance in Georgia and around the world as Christ haters are doing everything they can to silence believers.
And make no mistake: this brazen hatred has gone way beyond simply voicing opposition to anything based on the Bible. It’s rapidly turning into an effort to completely silence us—to prevent us from speaking about, or acting upon, God’s truth concerning life or anything else.
“The day is not far off when it will take extreme courage to stand up for any Biblical principles, including the sanctity of human life,” said GRTL President Ricardo Davis. “Arrest, fines and even potential jail time may not be that far away as a result of acting on our beliefs.”
Davis urged all pro-life supporters to be in constant prayer for those in authority, as well as for everyone speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
Recent Christian Persecution
Examples of anti-Christian persecution abound in Georgia and abroad, such as:
- Succumbing to economic and political pressure, Governor Nathan Deal last year vetoed the Free Exercise Protection Act. Those applying the pressure included: Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, the Braves, Hawks and Falcons, the National Football League, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and many more. The law would have guaranteed the free expression of religious beliefs and was supported by 66 percent of Georgia voters.
- Dr. Eric Walsh, a lay pastor, was fired from the Georgia Department of Public Health because of his religious beliefs. He also refused to turn over his sermon notes that had been demanded. (The city of Houston, Texas' first openly lesbian mayor, also ordered several pastors to turn over sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity).
- The Atlanta Public School system has denied repeated requests to establish a religious club at Sutton Middle School.
- Savanah State revoked official recognition of a Christian student club due to so-called hazing violations. The alleged offense was a foot-washing ceremony conducted at a discipleship retreat.
- In an effort to avoid promoting intolerance, Georgia Tech refused to allocate any funds to student organizations involved in religious activities.
- The University of Georgia took a similar stance when it refused to recognize a Christian-based fraternity on the grounds that it violated the school’s nondiscrimination policy.
- The Pine Mountain Library denied a request to place free Bibles in the facility.
- A French court recently upheld a 2014 ban on a television ad showing smiling Down syndrome children because it might disturb women who chose to abort their children with the disease.
- France also is planning to criminalize websites that dissuade women from having an abortion. If adopted, convicted website owners could face two years in prison and fines up to nearly $32,000.
United States Commission on Civil Rights Report
Highlighting the national danger is a recent report from the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Titled “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” the report claims that: “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ are code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.”
Aside from asserting that any religious freedom legislation or policies should not violate nondiscrimination laws, the report voiced support for the concept that only religious beliefs—not conduct—are protected.
In other words, keep your beliefs to yourself, but don’t act on them.
Sounding the Alarm
The Rev. Franklin Graham has joined others in sounding the alarm. “Make no mistake, hostility toward Christians in the United States is on the rise and will grow unless we stand up for our freedom of religion and conscience. Believers in this country have already become the target of a culture that has turned its back on Almighty God,” he said.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently echoed that sentiment in a speech, claiming that religious freedom is in “greater danger” than free speech.
As we begin a new and challenging year, we need to stay faithful, stand strong, and be courageous.
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).
Sources: christiannews.net; charismanews.com; politics.blog.ajc.com; foxnews.com; United States Commission on Civil Rights; lifezette.com; prnewswire.com; lifesitenews.com; pjmedia.com.