It’s a rare day when Vice President Mike Pence isn’t criticized for something in the mainstream media. And last weekend, after Pence’s commencement speech at Liberty University, his detractors had plenty to work with. There’s just one problem. The Left is picking a fight over his warning that American Christians are being persecuted — forgetting, apparently, that they’ve helped make he and his wife Exhibit A.
Professor John Fea fired the first shot in his Washington Post feature: “Dear Mike Pence: The Real Persecution of Christians Isn’t Here in America.” Of course, the piece itself couldn’t be more ironic. Here is Fea, trying to dismiss the idea that believers are being targeted in the U.S. — and yet he spends a whole column doing exactly that. He lifts the part of Pence’s remarks where he warns graduates that they’ll be “ridiculed” for their faith — and then suggests that the vice president “needs some perspective.”
Of course, in his desperation to make that point, Fea does conservatives a favor by shining an enormous spotlight on the religious freedom crisis affecting Christians all across the globe. “According to one estimate, in 2016, a Christian was killed for his or her faith every six minutes. Today, the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is rampant, especially in the Middle East. The Islamic State has forced nearly 5 million Syrian Christians to flee for their lives.” He goes on to cover the horrors of Boko Haram in Nigeria and the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka — sounding more like a member of Open Doors USA than an opinion writer for the Washington Post.
But as appreciative as we are for the coverage of these atrocities, Fea’s preaching to the choir. There’s no one who understands the situation better — or has raised more awareness on the issue of faith-based persecution — than the man the story’s about: Mike Pence. He’s spent the better part of three years warning global leaders that as far as this administration is concerned, religious freedom is non-negotiable. And not just for Christians — but the Uyghurs, Rohingya, Jews, Falun Gong, Sikhs, and more. The torture of innocent people for their faith is not news to the Donald Trump White House.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Tony Perkins