While we in the US are content with destroying our faith by apathy, spending our Christmas season attacking religious institutions for doing their jobs*(at bottom) or otherwise reveling in our safe society that we no longer deserve, Christians who have kept the faith are persecuted the most.
".....Christmas bomb attacks kill 34 in Baghdad's Christian areas," from the Reuters, December 25 (thanks to Filip):
The car bomb killed at least 24 people, most of them Christian, when worshippers were leaving the church in the Doura district of southern Baghdad, police sources said................
The minority Christian community has been a target of attacks by al Qaeda militants in the past, including a 2010 attack on a church that killed dozens of people.
Two bombs also went off in a crowded market in a separate, mostly Christian area in Doura, killing another ten people, police and medics said.
At least 52 people were wounded in the attacks....."
"Christian Syrian refugees have found temporary shelter in Jordan, but their immigration requests have been rejected by Western countries.........
One Syrian refugee said, "Everyone sold whatever they owned in Syria in order to get here, so that we could apply for visas at an embassy. We were all surprised to be rejected on the basis that there was no reason for us to go to Europe. Their reasons were all false - nothing correct in them."
Another man said that western countries "were supposed to support us, and they were supposed to facilitate our immigration process as Christians, and I'm very sad that they haven't."
About 70 Syrian families, who fled the violence and civil war of their homeland, are staying in halls and extra rooms of an Assyrian church in the capital Amman. Though the families are receiving food, aid and money from the church, they say the living conditions are difficult and they do not have enough heat to keep warm. Christmas Day lacked the traditional happiness and joy one usually finds during the Holiday season "I can't feel happy about Christmas while our country is bleeding," one refugee said....."
Supporters of Mark Zmuda vowed to pull funds from Eastside Catholic High School, after the school sent out a letter announcing he had resigned and calling his marriage a violation of his contract, which requires a strict adherence to a Catholic code.
"Shame on you!" wrote a passionate alumnus on the Eastside Catholic High School Alumni Facebook page in response to the school's letter.
"Not only is this type of homophobic behavior completely antiquated, it sets a horrible example for all students present and past of tolerance and acceptance," Jessica Lesser from the class of 1994 wrote. "Our own pope has a very different message for our Church: 'If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?' - Pope Francis."
Florence Colburn, whose son -- who she called "politically astute" -- instigated the school-wide rally protesting Zmuda's dismissal, has retracted contributions to the school and says her daughter, a sophomore, is questioning whether she wants to enroll there next year.
"We have been at the school for seven years, and by far [Mark] is the best administrator that I've ever seen there," Colburn told ABC News. "As a mentor, and a coach, and a colleague, and a human being, there's not a better person. I think that's why uproar was so fast and furious. There's nothing anyone can reproach this man."........"
The actions of these individuals who have abandoned their adherence to Catholic teaching and thought are sickening. Note the (again Orwellian) use of "Shame on you" in protest of a move to remove someone who was clearly substantially devoid enough of shame to "marry" another of the same gender. If an individual in engaging in a lifestyle that includes homosexual acts, he, like an adulterer, can stop. When, however, that person takes the massive step of turning his practices into a publicly recognized "marriage", he has determined to continue on that path for a long time.