It was with great interest that I watched on the news the raising of the Gay Pride flag by Steve Kent, representing the provincial government and Dennis O’Keefe, representing the City of St. John’s, to bring attention to the human rights abuses to LGBT people in Russia during the Winter Olympics. I understand that the City of Mount Pearl also raised a flag.
It is a fact that no one group should be targeted for persecution or abuse in today’s society.
There are about 6.6 billion people in the world and one-third, or 2.2 billion of these, identify as Christians. It is estimated that one per cent of the world’s population identify as LGBT, roughly 6 million.
In 2013, there were 2,123 murders of Christians for their faith. In North Korea, there are between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians jailed for their faith.
It is estimated that 100,000 million believers in Christ, worldwide, suffer ruthless persecution by imprisonment, torture, rape, execution, expulsion and forced labour. Christians are persecuted in more than 65 countries around the world, especially in the Middle East, where Islamist rulers often purport to make faith in Christ a crime.
Is there persecution of Christians in North America? There certainly is. Consider a pastor who was arrested for quoting from the Bible, which the police claimed to be offensive. An ESPN sportscaster was fired because he supported marriage as being between a man and a woman. A nurse was fired for praying for a patient even though the patient requested prayer.
Under Obamacare, Christian employers, the church and church hospitals are forced to purchase insurance to cover abortions and abortive drugs for their employees.
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that quotes from the Bible may be considered hate literature.
Based on these facts, which group — Christians or LGBT people — do you feel are being persecuted the most?
Where is the flag-raising ceremony, by our elected officials, to protest the persecution of Christians in North America and around the world?
I will be delivering a Christian flag to Mr. Kent, Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Simms before Easter week to be raised and flown to remind us of the persecution of Jesus Christ and his followers to this day.