Persecution, then and now

June 20, 2013 by History in a Hurry

Third-century persecution of Christians, memorialized in a Wordsworth poem:

ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS
IN SERIES, 1821-22

VI. PERSECUTION
by William Wordsworth

LAMENT! for Diocletian’s fiery sword
Works busy as the lightning; but instinct
With malice ne’er to deadliest weapon linked
Which God’s ethereal store-houses afford:
Against the Followers of the incarnate Lord
It rages; some are smitten in the field–
Some pierced to the heart through the ineffectual shield
Of sacred home;–with pomp are others gored
And dreadful respite. Thus was Alban tried,
England’s first Martyr, whom no threats could shake;
Self-offered victim, for his friend he died,
And for the faith; nor shall his name forsake
That Hill, whose flowery platform seems to rise
By Nature decked for holiest sacrifice.

http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww568.html

The precise year of St. Alban’s death is disputed, but his Feast Day is June 22.

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21st-century persecution of Christians, courtesy of U.S. politicians and war profiteers and Muslim mercenaries, and financed by American taxpayers:

Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:35

Syrian Rebels Massacre Christian Village

Written by James Heiser

While President Obama’s administration weighs overt military aid to Syrian rebels, the true character of the revolution underway in that country is becoming horrifically clear. Numerous press reports are providing details of a massacre perpetrated by the Free Syrian Army that annihilated the entire population of a Christian village.

As the New York Times reported last December, anti-American sentiment has grown among the rebel organizations even as the American government has played a key role in propping up the rebellion. A crucial step in that support was the administration’s decision to give formal recognition to rebel organizations — a step just short of recognizing them as the legitimate government of Syria. But now, those rebels Obama has vehemently supported are now proving that in Syria — as in Egypt several years ago — the rebels may prove worse than the tyrants they struggle to overthrow.

Continue reading:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/15562-syrian-rebels-massacre-christian-village

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