from John Fea, The Washington Post:
Vice President Pence on Saturday warned the graduating class of Liberty University to be prepared to suffer for their faith. "The truth is," he told an audience of over 40,000 attending the commencement ceremony, "we live in a time when the freedom of religion is under assault."
Pence said that Liberty graduates should expect to be "ridiculed" for their biblical beliefs, much in the same way that his wife, Karen Pence, was criticized for taking a job teaching art at a Christian school that opposed same-sex marriage.
Pence needs some perspective.
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.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have been targeting Christian villages for nearly two decades. Most recently, Islamic terrorists killed Christians worshiping on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.
Pence is an evangelical Christian. And while fellow members of his religious tribe face a few challenges to their religious liberties, especially when it comes to Christian institutions committed to traditional views on marriage, these challenges pale in comparison with what those who name the name of Jesus Christ are facing worldwide.
The entire article, "Dear Mike Pence: The real persecution of Christians isn’t here in America," can be read here.