The Day Christians were Martyred on American Soil

Christians were martyred for their faith, on American soil, a fact mostly ignored by the mainstream media and the White House.

October 1, 2015. A girl prays during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015, for ten people killed and seven others wounded in a shooting at a community college in the western US state of Oregon. The 26-year-old gunman, identified by US media as Chris Harper Mercer, was killed following a shootout with police.

By Todd Starnes Published on October 2, 2015

Life or death was determined by the answer to a single question: are you a Christian?

That was the question asked by an anti-Christian gunman who stormed into a classroom at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.

Eyewitnesses say the shooter targeted Christians.

Kortney Moore was inside the classroom. She told the Roseburg News-Review that the shooter ordered students to get on the ground — and then told them to stand up and state their religion.

“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,” Stacy Boylan said in a televised report. “And then he shot and killed them.”

His 18-year-old daughter was struck in the back by a bullet — that traveled down her spine. She survived. Miss Moore, too, survived.

Davis Jaques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon News, said he received a text message from a student who said she was inside the classroom. “The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christians,” the message read. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no or didn’t answer, they were shot in the leg.”

Christians were martyred for their faith — on American soil — a fact mostly ignored by most of the Mainstream Media and the White House.

The New York Times only mentioned that the gunman inquired about people’s “religions” and one cable television news channel opined that the shooter’s motive was unclear.

President Obama’s behavior in the aftermath of the massacre was quite frankly unpresidential. Instead of calling for religious tolerance — he delivered an unhinged tirade on gun control. “Somebody somewhere will comment and say Obama politicized this issue,” the president said. “Well, this is something we should politicize.”

But I reckon it’s politically incorrect to address the persecution of Christians.

That could explain why the White House has expressed less than passionate outrage over the near-genocide of Christians in the Middle East. And that could also explain why his administration has failed to secure the release of an American pastor being tortured in an Iranian jail.

These days “lambs being led to the slaughter” is not exactly a politically correct narrative.

I cannot even begin to imagine the courage it took for our fellow believers to stand — knowing that to do so —  would require the ultimate sacrifice. But their families can take comfort in knowing that after they took their last breath on Earth, they took their first breath in Heaven.


Originally published on Todd’s American Dispatch, October 2, 2015 and reprinted with permission.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.

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  • Dean Bruckner

    President Obama has said he is a Christian, but his words and actions repeatedly indicate exactly the extreme opposite.

    • Obama is actually a Muslim,

      • Wayne Cook

        On this point, you are correct. Obama has pledged allegiance to the MB, and as such, cannot also claim to be a Christian, which he did in 2008.

        • I am correct in the other comments I also made also.
          When ISIS were killing ‘ supposedly ‘ Christians in Iraq,Syria etc, all the different denominations were lumped together and described as a ‘ christian ‘ persecution.
          It is perfectly clear, that this is not the case..A lot of those so called Christians that were butchered by the ISIS nutty Muslims etc.. were actually catholic, and therefore NOT Christian.

          Every Muslim I have ever spoken to, just does not know the difference between Roman #Catholic, and Christian..
          It is one of doctrine and practice of course.

  • Can’t recall when 0bama has ever been ‘presidential’. If the standard for the position is ‘gravitas’, then he was disqualified from the first.

  • I’ve been educated, by experience, not to pay any attention to a person’s claim to Christ, but to seek out the evidence of their life as to whether Christ has claimed them. One excellent place to look for evidence is in how they handle Matthew 25 in their daily lives: when He was sick or in prison, did they visit Him; when He was homeless, did they invite Him in? Whatever they do to the least of these, they do unto Christ. Ignore Him, and on the Day of Judgment He will ignore you.

    • Wayne Cook

      That is partially true..unfortunately you missed the real point. 32″Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.33″But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10.

      • Your life lived speaks a louder confession than your mouth. Perhaps it is you that is missing the point. Certainly, if directly asked, you speak the truth, but false professors make that same claim all the time, and are certainly not bound for Heaven, for they are false, and no liar shall enter Heaven. So, the only passage that really applies in general, is “you shall know them by their fruit.” That is, not by their claims, but by their life’s witness.

  • Were they all #Christians, or were they #Catholics who think they are christian?

    Like a lot of these school shootings, they always seem to be set up in some way. in order to get the guns from the ordinary decent Americans, who just happen to have Guns..
    I smell a rat..

    • Nancy J Kokstis

      The shooter was a Muslim. The victims were Christians enough to stand up and die for their faith.

      • Were they Christians,… really??

        A lot of #Catholic’s #Ignorantly think that they are #Christian.
        One thing I do know about #Muslims is that they make NO distinction between Catholic and christian,again through ignorance.

        This story does not fool me at all.!!

        I googled the actual school, and it is not a christian or Bible based school nor denominational.

        • Wayne Cook

          Unfortunately you missed the real point. 32″Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.33″But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10.

          • Saying that your Christian, and actually being one are two different things.
            #Catholics actually,mistakenly think, that they are Christian, and they are NOT.
            I understand the point quite well.

            Everybody has to assume/believe that , they were all Christians, simply because a newspaper article say’s so ? I don’t think so friend.!!

            I don’t actually subscribe to the view, that because someone say’s that they are Christian, is the same as ‘ confessing true faith ‘ in Jesus Christ.

            As I said earlier..#Catholics mistakenly, and are deceived into believing that they are christian.
            I am Christian, and I would never go to a Catholic service, and neither would I ever accept their obviously ‘False Teachings ‘.

            This is going to turn into an endless debate, which I do not need..
            I view the title of the above article,, as pure propaganda, and deceptive,and sets me wondering if the editor of this so called newspaper is a Catholic.. :).

    • Arphaxad

      @christian_spook:disqus The hatred you display toward someone based on the church they attend is very unChristian. Don’t get me wrong, there are doctrines in the Catholic church that I disagree with. I also disagree with the way you are attacking these martyrs.

      If I see someone stand up in front of a shooter and declare themselves a follower of Christ, I tend to believe them over an internet troll bath mouthing that person. Matthew 7:15-20

      I thank God for those that demonstrate strength of conviction when faced with REAL persecution. I pray that I would have the same strength if in the same situation.

      • I don’t hate any #Catholics at all,, I’m far too lazy for that..
        I just do not agree, that everyone that say’s they are Christian, are actually Christian..
        As I said earlier, a lot of Catholics actually mistakenly think that they are Christian.

        Just because a newspaper says something, I do not have to believe it, and swallow it hook line,and sinker.

        Anyway.. suffice to say


      • Who say’s they are martyr’s.. the news media..a newspaper..?

        • Arphaxad

          Testimony of those who where there. Frankly, if you are so distrusting of the information provided by this site, and others, why read it?

          • I like to point out the bit’s that people do not like.
            So you accept without question what those who wee apparently there, without question.??
            Were these witnesses actually catholic ?
            Who were these witnesses ?
            Do you know them personally or something ?

          • Arphaxad

            You like to be a troll… and I’m done feeding you.

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