U.S. Apathetic to Christian Persecution

Wikileaks Exposes US Embassy Apathy
US Ambassador to Vietnam downplays recent attacks against Christians
Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2011)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned of a private US embassy cable recently published by Wikileaks in which the US Ambassador to Vietnam says that the US should dismiss recent attacks against Christians in Vietnam as “land disputes.”  The ambassador’s position is yet another example of the State Department being lax in its assessment of religious persecution in Vietnam.
In the cable, US Ambassador to Vietnam, Michael Michalak, said that a recent government destruction of a crucifix in Dong Chiem does not meet the threshold of religious persecution “and should not divert our attention from the significant gains in expanding religious freedoms that Vietnam has made since the lifting of CPC designation in November 2006.” In the Dong Chiem event, Vietnamese police claim they “removed” a cross. In actuality, they used explosives to blow up the cross to make a lesson of public displays of faith. Those who protested the event were assaulted and arrested.
“The Ambassador’s cable is in contradiction to many events,” stated ICC’s Regional Manager, Logan Maurer.
  • K’pa Lot, a Montagnard Christian died on March 11, 2010, from internal bleeding after a long period of abuse and torture. He had been in prison since 2007 for publicly expressing his Christian faith.
  • In Con Dau, a town outside of Da Nang, on May 4, 2010, the city’s Communist Party Secretary ordered several hundred police along with hired thugs to brutally attack innocent people attending the funeral of Christian Nguyen Ba Thanh. In the ensuing arrests and interrogations, at least one Christian–Nguyễn Thành Năm– was beaten to death. Pregnant women were beaten as well, intentionally forcing miscarriages.
  • Leading up to Christmas, 2010, the Vietnamese government declared Christmas celebrations a political threat, and labeled gatherings illegal. Decorations were confiscated and destroyed while villagers were beaten.
Many events cases are not reported as Vietnamese officials have stopped labeling Christians as “religious” prisoners, and now term the offense as “political.” This alteration makes it easier to hide such prisoners from human rights and religious groups.
These events are only the latest in a long string of truly outrageous state abuses of Christians in Vietnam by the State  that have occurred in the wake of the US removing Vietnam from the  Country of Particular Concern (CPC) list in 2006. However, the US Ambassador believes the persecution of Christians is not a pressing issue. “The widespread, systematic religious persecution that existed prior to Vietnam’s designation in 2004 does not exist anymore. Post therefore recommends that the Department not re-designate Vietnam [as a Country of Particular Concern],” he said in the embassy cable.
ICC’s Regional Manager, Logan Maurer, stated, “the Wikileaks information shows us that the official US opinion of Vietnam’s progress in regard to religious freedom does not reflect reality. Instead, the Vietnamese government is once again attempting to hide its persecution, and their apparent success with US officials is discouraging. While Vietnam has made positive strides in regard to religious freedom in the lowlands, the situation in the Central Highlands remains dire for Christians where ICC has seen increasing persecution.  We urge the US and other governments to exert all influence on Vietnam, including designation as a CPC, to improve its treatment of religious minorities.”
Please contact your Congressmen to make sure they are aware of what is actually happening in Vietnam and urge them to protect religious freedom.

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  1. horns4plenty says:

    Greetings Timothy!

    I hope you are doing well. And I think you have done a tremendous job moderating this web site. The Holy Spirit has had me shut my mouth for the passed eight months and seek God and continue to get my house in order.

    I believe the Spirit is now urging me to open my mouth and to begin to speak what He has put on my heart. I keep hearing it’s time to speak reveal what the Spirit is saying.

    I believe we may have entered the beginning stages of the tribulation and the war in the heavens has begun which is referred to in Revelations 12:7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon and his angels waged war, And they, Satan and his angels, were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Demonic forces are already being thrown down to the earth and what we are seeing in Egypt and allover the world is Satan beginning a war against those who profess to know Christ and those that have made Christ their Lord.

    Satan is going to make a attempt to exterminate Christianity completely from the earth and it is going to be a time of distress like know other time since the creation of man. Also see Daniel 12:1-4. And Jesus is going to allow this extermination attempt to occur prior to His return. Jesus told us this was going to happen in Matthew 24 and 25.

    When all is said and done it is going to appear to the world as if Satan succeeds which is addressed in Revelations 18. This is because everyone who Confesses Jesus as Lord but never made Him their Lord is going to be destroyed thus fulfilling the words of Christ in Matthew 24 and Revelation 18 and the world we be a witness to it. I wish I had more time to go into detail but I have to leave for work in a few minutes.

    The time has come for us to expose anything in our hearts and minds that could give Satan any loophole to come against us in these last days. We are not to expose these things in one another but in ourselves. If we are truly the bride of Christ then we need to shine forth with the love of Jesus and not throw stones at our accusers or the world that Satan is going to stir up against us to hate us.

    God Bless and Love always

  2. Timothy Luke says:

    I am sorry to say that our nation was once upon a time, a city on a hill. We are losing our credibility and stature around the globe and even if we decry the abuses, tortures and murders of Christians around the world, we are toothless.

    I feel this scripture has relevance, "the eye is the light of the body, if the eye is darkness, how great is that darkness?!" America's light is now darkening…. how great will be the darkness that will overcome the whole world now? I do not see another standard bearer arising….

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