THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL URGED TO ADDRESS THE KILLING AND PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS USING LETHAL FORCE IF NECESSARY!

‘Unless the global community intercedes as a global village removing the safe havens, the financial support, the base, the safe passage given to terrorist, their financiers and others within those shadows, the targeting including those closet government sympathizers whose travel and bank accounts need to be restricted fully, nothing changes!’

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THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL URGED TO ADDRESS THE KILLING AND PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS USING LETHAL FORCE IF NECESSARY!

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Are you aware that about 245 million Christians endure oppression worldwide?

This I am advised is according to the organization – Open Doors.

In 2018 alone, more than 4,000 Christians were killed because of their faith.

They could be those gathering for worship, or in worship, or just visiting as a tourist fulfilling their pilgrimage!

And in other cases, countless more will have suffered threats or discrimination, where there are hurdles to initiate renovations to church buildings, to light up crosses, to have land alienated for building new churches, car park or even burial grounds being facilitated?

Schools founded by Christian missionary also facing discrimination and attacks.

These past years have witnessed even Christian marriage ceremonies being targets, or that barbaric attack at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, the target of a terrorist attack on Palm Sunday in 2017 that killed 17 people.

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Closer to home, in the southern Philippines, terrorists planted a bomb in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, claiming 20 lives during mass on January 27 this year.

And as these slaughters take root thanks to racial and religious fanatics, mercenaries, terrorists those aiding, abetted and financing them get bolder.

And one cannot but ask, whether those flames that damaged Notre-Dame in Paris last week was an accident or was there foul play?

In many parts of the world it is this soft target – the non-combatants who come to worship their God who perish.

I cannot but feel the tragedy of countless innocents whose love for their faith and God being kidnapped and murdered rather tragic.

And just when you think it is safe – Sri Lanka happens, where more than 290 have lost their lives and this number expected to rise with those injured above the 500 mark from the Easter morning bombing!

A barbaric act by barbarians!

But the sombre truth is, those who were the victims of the Easter day bombing will not be the last as many millions of Christians are still alive under a similar shadow of persecution.

Unless the global community intercedes as a global village removing the safe havens, the financial support, the base, the safe passage given to terrorist, their financiers and others within those shadows, the targeting including those closet government sympathizers whose travel and bank accounts need to be restricted fully, nothing changes!

I have always known that of all people who suffer persecution for their faith, it may surprise some to know that the greatest number are Christians.

Did you know that in 2015, Christians faced harassment from governments or social groups in 128 nations, according to the Pew Research Centre?

By 2016, this had risen to 144.

And China imposes the ‘highest levels of government restrictions.

Yet, the hypocrisy and irony, is that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, passed by the United Nations General Assembly without a single negative vote in 1948, enshrines ‘freedom of thought, conscience and religion’.

The declaration makes clear that everyone has a right to the ‘practice, worship and observance’ of their faith.

Then why the killings?

Why are churches being bombed?

It is time to consolidate our efforts!

It is time to change the rules of engagement!

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It is time to act together against such atrocities by initiating an international network of anti-terrorist task force with authority and power given for cross border and international jurisdictional license to hunt down those involved in such terrorist activities in the name of race and religion, no matter where they hid or which country provides them safe haven or protects them, while giving lip service to the world at large of zero tolerance for terrorism!’