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Biden Abandons Christians Abroad as His DOJ Persecutes Them At Home

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

Biden Abandons Christians Abroad

Despite purporting to be a devout Catholic, President Joe Biden has said virtually nothing about the rising persecution of Christians around the world – even as his own administration’s harassment of Christians reaches new depths of cruelty at home.

Last November, Biden announced a new “national strategy” to counter Islamophobia, citing a “disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.” But the president has expressed no such concern for Christians who are the targets of similar attacks in the United States.

Following the Dobbs Supreme Court decision in 2022, for instance, dozens of churches and pro-life pregnancy centers were attacked and vandalized in a clear campaign of anti-Christian violence. One radical pro-abortion group called Jane’s Revenge claimed credit for at least 18 of these attacks – yet Biden’s Department of Justice failed to prosecute even one member of the group.

Instead, the DOJ under Biden has directed its efforts toward harassing and imprisoning Christians. Last year, an FBI field office infamously produced a widely distributed internal memo describing traditionalist Catholics (defined as those who partake in the Latin Mass) as an “extremist threat.”

While ignoring violent attacks on churches, the Biden administration has also prosecuted Christian pro-life activists for praying and singing hymns outside abortion clinics. Some now face prison sentences of up to 11 years.

In decades gone by, the United States was seen as the world’s foremost defender of Christians. Unsurprisingly, however, as Biden targets people of faith at home, Christians are also facing increasing persecution around the world.

Take, for instance, the story of Father Genrich Okolotovych, a parish priest in Belarus who was arrested last November just before dawn.

Okolotovych, who preached Christ’s call that whoever tries to save their life in the circumstances of omnipresent iniquity and injustice will lose it, but whoever loses his life will save it, was 70 years old and recovering from a serious illness. Two days after his mysterious disappearance, concerned believers finally received confirmation from authorities that he had been arrested and charged with treason. No further details were given.

Okolotovych, it should be noted, is no stranger to prisons and persecutions. He was fined 30 times and arrested in the 1980s for “illegal prayers, catechesis, and pilgrimages.” He was also deemed a “Vatican spy” for saying mass at a cemetery where victims of the Katyn massacre (a mass execution of 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia perpetrated by the Soviet Union) are buried.

In one of his last homilies before his arrest, Okolotovych implored his congregation to “tell the truth in every circumstance. You have to honor this profound desire of every person, especially a young person. The truth for a young conscience is like milk for a child. The truth for a mature person is like a meat for muscles.”

This resounding and authoritative call was apparently a threat to the Belarus dictatorship which, despite Okolotovych’s frail health, jailed him in a Minsk prison dubbed “America” during the Cold War since so many dissidents accused of spying for the CIA were held there.

According to the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Father Okolotovych was one of 86 members of the clergy and 44 Catholic priests who were imprisoned in 2023. While ACN counted 10 clergy who were arrested in Belarus last year, other sources put that number at closer to 30 – it is difficult to know for sure in countries with such repressive governments.

The nation which led the world in jailed clergy according to ACN was Nicaragua, with 46 arrests in 2023, including two bishops who were later forcibly exiled to the Vatican.

Nigerian Christians have also suffered from an increasing tide of terrorist attacks perpetrated by al-Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated groups which are targeting church buildings, parishes, religious schools, and even medical centers managed by Christian missionaries. Last year, Muslim terrorists killed 14 clergy in the African nation, including 11 priests and a bishop. The renowned organization Open Doors has reported that attackers assaulted churches 750 times nationwide, saying even this was “a very conservative estimate.”

Father Simeon Fajoluwafemi, a senior Franciscan priest from the diocese of Shendam in the central Plateau State, told me that terrorist groups appeared more active today than in the past in targeting Christians. He specifically noted that he felt prior American presidential administrations were “authentically interested” in religious freedom in his region, and that this “kept the Islamist terrorist cells in check.”

“America has abandoned Christians,” he concluded.

To make matters worse, the Nigerian government also persecutes Christians. In 2023, a total of 28 clergy were arrested by the government, including three nuns.

In Algeria, just four Protestant churches remain open out of 46 just a few years ago, and the government has begun imprisoning church leaders.

Among the chief persecutors of bishops, priests, and nuns is communist China, where ACN investigators confirmed at least twenty cases of religious persecution resulting in imprisonment last year. Open Doors also reported that churches are “under unprecedented attack” in China. Many Christian churches have gone underground and begun meeting in secret.

Even in India, the world’s largest democracy, Christians face immense persecution. As of last September, there had already been 525 attacks on Christians in 2023 according to the United Christian Forum – already making it one of the most violent years for India’s Christian community. Ethnic violence in certain parts of the country has also led to hundreds of churches being destroyed.

Although Biden cannot be blamed for all of this persecution, his silence is nonetheless stunning for a self-professed devout Catholic. With the largest platform in the world, he has chosen to ignore the plight of Christians, and the enemies of the church have taken notice.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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Fred S. Johnson
Fred S. Johnson
1 month ago

I am also Christian. I look for stories like this regularly, often to no avail. I appreciate this story.
This country was built on Christian consensus. It was a foundation for peace as the Founding Fathers envisioned it. Too many Americans forgot it. Without that consensus, a return to the Constitutional order is impossible. Please note that I said consensus, not a creed.

Joel Larsson
Joel Larsson
1 month ago

This article IS appreciated very much. As a Christian, I regularly pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are deprived of their freedoms. Such a report is revealing. 
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”

Donna
Donna
1 month ago

As Christians, we recognize this increase in persecution as a precursor to Christs return. May I suggest, if you have not confessed your sins to God, and accepted the free gift of eternal life that He offers through His Son Jesus Christ, then do it now.

Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

Out of all Biden’s heinous acts, this is one of the worst. How can he live with his conscience (if he has one).

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

I agree, AMAC; many readers like me are intensely interested in the news about persecuted Christians. In the past, our government helped them. Our diplomats collected information and even attended trials if they could. Under Biden and earlier Obama, they abandoned this duty.

As somebody said, our Republic was built very much thanks to that Christian consensus. All Americans must understand it. We should not care exclusively for ourselves – it was not the Founders’ intention. We were supposed to be Shining City upon the Hill, welcoming and caring. Ronald Reagan constantly reminded us of it.

Joanne
Joanne
1 month ago

I am Christian, and the topic of persecuted believers and the inaction of this administration is essential to me. Thanks, Amac, for this article.

I am fed up with individuals who regularly rewrite thoughts from articles as their own. Then they behave like all-knowing and think they are omnipotent. It is disgusting that Paul F dares dictate what must be published. If he wants to express his opinion, he can do it as everyone else. But his arrogance became unbearable.

Paul F needs to learn in humility. I can’t stand it. It was not the first time; therefore, I decided to react. He thinks he represents the whole world, but what is on display is simply a lack of basic culture.

rvgrandma
rvgrandma
1 month ago

Pastor Allen of World Outreach Church has been doing a series on ‘lets do difficult’. We as Christians will have to do ‘difficult’ as the persecution even here in our own country of Christians continue as the far left has planned. Our country has always been admired and respected by other people because of our freedoms given to us by the constitution but no longer. We are slowly allowing the far left agenda to take freedom from us.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

Christianity are a thorn in the eye of a Moslem who is trying to destroy it Bu there is a thorn even sharper The ideology just as poisonous and intolerant and it will not be turning another cheek

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

I so wish the Catholic Church would excommunicate the evil FJB.

Evolution is just Theory and Art
Evolution is just Theory and Art
1 month ago

Devout Catholic?, Wha a Joke

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Judging by mainstream media coverage, Biden IS God. He is the Big Guy, after all.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Bible said they would be Persecutions By nothing like this from Biden ?? Really

REBEL
REBEL
1 month ago

This is the direct result of not keeping goobermint out of religion and our private lives. While “they” keep trying, goobermint can NOT, and should not try to, legislate morality and values. This has gotten exponentially worse with multiculturism and the support given to those who refuse to assimilate into the Western Life Style. Many of us think they are merely here for the comforts Westerners worked to create.
This is all NO THANKS to those who want to “fundamentally transform” our nation!

Jackie
Jackie
1 month ago

There is absolutely nothing devout about Joe Biden and his religion!! That’s all for show and only when he needs it!! He doesn’t want to upset his radical left base!!!

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
1 month ago

all democrats are corrupt and that is why they love bidne.

Sam
Sam
1 month ago

We have a troll.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
1 month ago

Please, go take another Xanax. You definitely need one!

ToolMan
ToolMan
1 month ago

He claims to be a devoted Christian. Does anyone remember the news saying anything about him going to a church service?

PaulE
PaulE
1 month ago

I think the BS story of Biden being “a devout Catholic” has been beat to death enough. Just like the other so-called devout Catholics like Pelosi and other Dems that tried to milk that vein for votes over the years, it is pretty much played out at this point. I seriously doubt there is anyone still out there, aside from the regular Democrat voter base, that buys that line anymore. So please write about any of the other real pressing issues where Biden is burying this country as fast as he and his party can. Thanks.

John Shipway
John Shipway
1 month ago

I find it strange that a government can be deemed a dictatorship with incredible popular support seen in election results while ALSO having a history of a failed coup against it by the good ole’ USA. We are talking Belarus here. One might also do a bit more research into the “good”Reverand Okolotovich from Belarus. Do that and you might understand why the man has been imprisoned. As sane people everywhere know, it takes more than a claim of being a Christian to not be evil.
And strange how nary a mention was made of the Ukraine government under the green midget grifter, Zelensky has eliminated a thousand year religion in that country (Russian Orthodox Church), jailed its priests and stole the religious icons of the church……for re-sale.
My God, is LIndsay Graham the editor at AMAC now?

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