Pelosi Omits Christians as She Lists Religious Persecutions Around The World

by Mary Margaret Olohan


Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to mention Christians as she listed religious persecutions around the world Thursday.

The House speaker spoke Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., at the National Prayer Breakfast where she prayed for those who are persecuted because of their religion. She listed people of Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish faiths before generalizing about other persecuted religions.

“Oh, Lord, we thank all gathered at this prayer breakfast for lifting our voices for the poor and the persecuted, the millions who are missing or murdered because of their faith,” Pelosi, who is a Catholic, prayed.

“Let us pray for the Panchen Lama and all the Tibetan Buddhists imprisoned in China or missing for following their faith,” she said. Pelosi also prayed for the “1 to 3 million Uighurs in China forced from their homes and incarcerated in camps” and for “Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia and for all the writers and religious free thinkers imprisoned for speaking their minds.”

The House speaker also prayed for “priests, rabbis, pastors and religious leaders around the world whose freedoms have been stolen because of what they believe,” for victims of anti-Semitism, and for the “countless Muslims and other religious minorities, often unseen and unnamed, who have been abducted, oppressed and abused because of who they are and what they believe, their faith.”

Pelosi failed to specifically mention Christians during her prayer, though Christians are severely persecuted around the world for their beliefs.

Over 245 million Christians lived in places where they endured serious religious persecution between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018, according to Open Doors USA, an organization that aids persecuted Christians worldwide. The organization also found that during this same time period, 4,305 Christians were killed for their faith, 1,847 churches and Christian buildings were attacked, and 3,150 believers were detained without trial arrested, sentenced, or imprisoned.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity that administers to persecuted Christians, reports that “almost 300 million Christians around the world — or 1 out of every 7 — live in a country where they suffer some form of persecution, such as arbitrary arrest, violence, a full range of human rights violations and even murder.”

A 2019 report ordered by former British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt found that Christians were the most persecuted group in the world and that the persecution of Christians has reached near “genocide” levels. Christianity faces being “wiped out” from certain parts of the Middle East, the report found.

Pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha tweeted Thursday morning that severe persecution of Christians continues in Nigeria where Christians are slaughtered for their beliefs.

I spoke to 3 Nigerian Bishops and also a priest from a region where the worst persecution of Christians is happening.

For 1 hour I listened to the most horrific stories-Christians are being slaughtered.

Pelosi closed by praying that Americans “never become immune to atrocities that continue to challenge the collective conscience of our shared humanity.”

She said:

For us today, people of faith, leaders, lawmakers and activists who can mobilize the public, we pray that the moral clarity of faith moves us to demand justice for those who are suffering, and we pray that commercial interests never blind us to the ongoing human right struggle fought by so many throughout the world. Let us raise our voices in prayer as one in the struggle for freedom in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Pelosi did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. 





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4 Thoughts to “Pelosi Omits Christians as She Lists Religious Persecutions Around The World”

  1. Brenda Smith

    I think Pelosi needs a shot of scotch to keep her going! She was a wreck during the trial to get rid of Trump! I think term limits are in prder!

  2. William R. Delzell

    Discriminating against any religion is wrong. It is equally wrong for a particular religion to persecute others with different beliefs, be they against another religion, or against a secular humanist philosophy.

    As we speak, we have fundamentalist Christians who themselves behave like the Taliban when they want to ban people with different ideas from their own, when they burn books they object to (I remember seeing a 1982 telecast by Jerry Falwell where he had his supporters burn books in a furnace that he disapproved of as the show gave closing credits). These homophobes in state legislatures who want to forcibly legislate their own brand or morality are another ugly example.

    Those Christian fundamentalists who want the “right” to persecute gays/lesbians, pacifists, labor union activists, civil rights activist are just like the Muslim Taliban that wants to destroy any evidence at all of human diversity. Fundamentalists of any religion or secular dogma are a danger to the dignity of the individual and of a pluralistic society.

    I also know many decent Muslims who disapprove of persecution by members of their own religion as they do of those such as the Indian Hindu regime that persecutes Muslims in Kashmir/Pakistan. Most abhored the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

    Any government that tries to forcibly PROMOTE a religion is just as wrong as a government that tries to ban any religion. Even many Southern Baptists supported the liberal rulings by the Earl Warren court during the early 1960’s that outlawed government funding of Catholic private schools and that outlawed forced prayer in public schools for reasons of separation of church and state. Yes, even many Southern Baptists supported these two decisions almost sixty years ago, although one would never know that now!

    I want nothing to do with either the Taliban or with the Christian Zionists who, for example, advocate Israeli persecution of Palestinians.

  3. Wolf Woman

    Why would we expect anything different from Pelosi? She has proven herself to be a hack politician who hates Trump more than she loves her country and its citizens and blindly follows a socialist ideological agenda that hates Christianity.

  4. Susan E Gingrich

    It was very noticeable in her prayer. Individuals who discriminate often don’t recognize it in themselves or their surroundings. There is a war against Christians in our country today!