According to a recent Pew report, the majority of U.S. immigrants are Christians and the number of Christians has risen over the past twenty years. Currently, Congress is mulling over an immigration bill that will hugely impact the lives of immigrants in the nation. Some in Congress oppose amnesty, while others seek to lay out a path to citizenship.
Polling and Analysis – Religious Affiliation of U.S. Immigrants: Majority Christian, Rising Share of Other Faiths
…While Christians continue to make up a majority of legal immigrants to the U.S., the estimated share of new legal permanent residents who are Christian declined from 68% in 1992 to 61% in 2012… unauthorized immigrants, by contrast, come primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the overwhelming majority of them – an estimated 83% – are Christian. That share is slightly higher than the percentage of Christians in the U.S. population as a whole (estimated at just under 80% of U.S. residents of all ages, as of 2010). These are among the key findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life examining recent trends in the geographic origins and religious affiliation of immigrants to the United States.
A brave Christian pastor in Nigeria was viciously killed by the terrorist group Boko Haram, for refusing to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ. The Islamic fundamentalists stormed his church, while teenage students were taking school exams. According to reports, Boko Haram, a terror group the Nigerian government has denounced, is against “Western education.” As a result, senseless violence ensued, via the terrorists gunning down the unarmed, defenseless young students and killing their pastor.
Populous and oil rich Nigeria is half Christian and half Muslim. Boko Haram, funded by criminal activities forbidden by law, has incited acts of violence against peaceful Christians in Nigeria, leaving 3,000 of our brothers and sisters in the faith dead this year. As Christians we must continually pray for Nigeria and other regions of the world, such as the Middle East, where people of the faith face persecution and death for our peaceful beliefs.
Islamic Extremists Slit Christian Pastor’s Throat for Refusing to Renounce His Faith, Gun Down Teens as Horror Rages in Nigeria
Jun. 26, 2013 7:30am LAGOS, Nigeria (TheBlaze/AP) — The pastor would not renounce his Christian faith so the Islamic extremists slit his throat High school students were taking exams in defiance of the militants of Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden.” So the gunmen mowed them down at their desks.
The group that Nigeria’s government has declared a prohibited terrorist organization “declared war” last week on vigilante youths who have been arresting suspects and handing them over to soldiers fighting to crush the insurgency in the northeast part of Africa’s most populous nation and the continent’s biggest oil producer. Clearly, the situation is dire…
14-year-old Pakistani girl, Rimsha Masih, has been granted asylum in Canada, after her neighbor lied to officials stating she had burned the pages of the Islamic book the Qu’ran, making her eligible for execution. After death threats and arrest, Masih was found to be innocent. The Canadian government has graciously granted Masih and her family asylum in Canada, where they have begun a new life. Compendius wishes the Masih family the very best. May God be with you always.
Malala Yousufzai has been granted asylum in Britain, after the Taliban tried to murder the young Muslim woman for seeking an education
Rimsha is now going to school in Canada, something forbidden by terrorists groups in Pakistan, who also tried to murder 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai for seeking an education. Everyone in society should be free to pursue an education. Women are not property, but people entitled to human rights.
Student painting Christian banners for football games
A Texas judge has ruled cheerleaders are allowed to display banners with Bible verses at football games. Initially the school district barred the practice and was sued as a result of their decision. However, a ruling by State District Judge Steven Thomas has struck down the district’s rule, granting students the ability to display the banners, as it is their constitutional right.
Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit
8, 2013 | Updated: May 8, 2013 8:48pm – HOUSTON (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games. But the ruling might not have settled the issue of whether the banners are protected free speech, according to an attorney for the cheerleaders’ school district.
State District Judge Steven Thomas determined the Kountze High School cheerleaders’ banners are constitutionally permissible. In the ruling, Thomas determined that no law “prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events.”…
The liberal organization the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is attempting to suppress free speech at the U.S. Pentagon. The Constitution guarantees free speech, but the organization is targeting Christian soldiers for court martialiing if they speak of their faith in God. This is an abuse of soldiers’ civil rights that is unconstitutional.
Could Christian Chaplains Be Silenced Under Pentagon Rules? Military Policy Bans Religious Proselytizing
April 30th, 2013 at 03:13 PM | – Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing.
President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”…
For the past couple years, Compendius has written about the persecution and killing of Christians in select parts of the world. As Christians we must all embrace each others’ struggle and pray and proactively work to improve things for our brothers and sisters in the faith worldwide.
The terrorist group Boko Haram has been slaughtering Christians in Nigeria in big numbers, in conduct that must desist. Nigeria is half Christian and half Muslim. According to the Baptist Press, “The publicly reported Christian casualties in Nigeria last year were greater than the Christian casualties of Pakistan, Syria, Kenya and Egypt combined. In fact, Nigeria alone accounted for almost 70 percent of Christians killed globally. This makes Nigeria the most lethal country for Christians by a huge margin.”
NBC News has done a video feature on the resurgence of Christian based films, which are doing well in the ratings. With epics such as The Ten Commandments and Passion Of The Christ setting the standard, more and more filmmakers are filming Bible based films.
On election day it will be Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
The upcoming U.S. presidential election scheduled for November 6, 2012, will be an important make or break one for America, due to the terrible state of the economy and the global suffering that has ensued.
There are other items at stake as well, such as matters of the faith. Incumbent Barack Obama, began as a moderate when he assumed office, but quickly began showing open hostility regarding Christianity and Judaism. Judea-Christian values have been dealt a political blow under his administration and this must stop.
A president should show kindness, respect and courtesy to people of all faiths and backgrounds, not strive to diminish or usurp the rights of others, in favor of his own personal views. President Obama has displayed a open contempt for Christianity and Judaism (and Israel) that is not befitting any U.S. president.
Christians held a massive two day “America For Jesus 2012″ rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the Independence Mall, to pray for the nation ahead of the November 6 presidential election. America has hit a number of lows over the past several years and the rally is aimed at uplifting the country. Thousands turned out for the rally each day, which is being labeled a success.