“Christian converts in Uganda beaten, flogged by Muslims in separate attacks; woman left unable to walk” – by “Morning Star News”.
“Epoch: The Rise and Fall of the West” – by Kevin Swanson; “The rise of the Christian West was spectacular. The fall of the West was similarly spectacular, especially for those who witnessed it firsthand. But the rise was more spectacular than its fall. That’s the conclusion drawn in this epochal story of the Western world. The fall of Western civilization constitutes the most significant seismic shift in world history since the fall of Rome.”
“How Christianity Transformed the World”– by Sharon James; “Many people today would say that Christianity has done more harm than good to our world. Sharon James argues, however, in seeking to love their neighbour and reflect God’s moral character the followers of Jesus have had a largely positive impact on our society. James takes a number of areas – education, healthcare, justice, human dignity – and traces the ways in which these benefits have spread with the gospel.
“The Story of Freedom” – by Kevin Swanson; how the spread of Jesus’ teachings and subsequent rise of Western Civilization brought about freedom in the world.
CURRICULUM that includes teaching of Christian history & role in religious freedom:
“1776 Curriculum: an American Classical Education” – FREE downloadable K-12 American history & civics curriculum from “Hillsdale College”; includes “initial history lessons on the American founding and the Civil War for Kindergarten-12th grade, complete civics and government courses for middle and high school, Hillsdale College-vetted book, online course, & resource recommendations, student-ready primary sources, sample assignments, activities, and assessments, and an introduction that includes the principles of the curriculum, pedagogical guidance, and advice for adopting the curriculum”.
“Freedom Project Academy” – “fully accredited online academy, partnership to provide live classes to churches and private schools across the country, Common Core Free curriculum developed in-house, and award-winning media”; “use the term ‘Judeo-Christian’ to refer to the scope of our Classical Curriculum, and not in any theological, sectarian, or denominational sense. When stressing Judeo-Christian values, we mean to suggest that we expect our students to be familiar with Biblical history across the Old and New Testaments, and understand the ways that this history has impacted our culture, laws, and history—from Genesis to the Ten Commandments and from the Sermon on the Mount to the Epistles of Paul.”; also have a homeschool track and video resources.
“Generations Christian Homeschool Curriculum to Help You Follow God’s Method of Education” – by “Generations”; “Give Your Children a Well-Rounded Education, Prepare Them for Life, and Position Them to Lead Their Families In the Next Generation”.
“Little Patriots Learning” – “The American Cornerstone Institute created the Little Patriots platform for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers to have a free, online resource to use to teach children civics lessons, history, and American values at home, in the car, or after school”; offers curriculum for schools, homeschools, & families; also offers other books & schedules tour stops for interested schools, churches, & other organizations.
“People of Faith: Christianity in America” – DVD of six 30-min episodes by the “Christian History Institute”; can also watch episodes through “Vision Video”; quote from end of 1st episode from Scott Appleby, PhD: “Christians don’t have an identity without their history. In order to understand generations of fidelity to the gospel, to Jesus Christ, it’s necessary to understand history…this locates people in a larger-than-life story, and a story that’s bigger than their own lifetime and their own particular concerns. it ennobles them, it gives them a sense of identity, time, place, and a trajectory to their lives, and their connectedness with generations of people who follow Jesus Christ.”
WEBSITES – RELIGIOUS FREEDOM in AMERICA:
“ACLJ” (American Center for Law & Justice) – “Founded in 1990 with the mandate to protect religious and constitutional freedoms, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) engages legal, legislative, and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education, and litigation that includes representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States and international tribunals around the globe.”
“Alliance Defending Freedom” (ADF) offers legal support to those whose religious freedom rights have been violated; the ADF Church Alliance offers “practical legal help for churches so you can freely live and preach the Gospel”; young Christian professionals entering the spheres of public policy, business, law, & biomedical sciences can apply to attend Areté Academy, a week-long summer training program “to become an effective advocate for policies based upon Judeo-Christian principles and natural law theory”.
“Bring Your Bible” – article by founder and author for “World Magazine” & “Focus on the Family”, Candi Cushman, “Can Christian Teachers Express Their Faith in Public Schools?”
“Child Evangelism Fellowship” (CEF) – “Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living”; offers “Good News Club” in public schools, “5-Day Club”, “CityKids*”, “Camp Good News“, “Military Children’s Ministry”, & “Youth Challenge”, & “Outreach Ministries” (events).
“First Liberty” – “the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans. We believe that every American of any faith—or no faith at all—has a fundamental right to follow their conscience and live according to their beliefs. Our nation’s Founding Fathers established this right as our First Freedom nearly two and a half centuries ago, and we intend to keep it that way”
“Pacific Legal Foundation” (PLF) – “defends Americans’ liberties when threatened by government overreach and abuse”.
“See You at the Pole” is a “global day of student prayer” begun by 3 students in Texas and now millions of students take part; the event is student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led on the 4th Wednesday of each September; logo theme changes each year.
WEBSITES – HISTORY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM:
“Christian History Institute” (CHI) – “Christian History Institute seeks to bring the story of the church to the people of the church, to see the best in every Christian tradition, and to acknowledge the full and honest story of the church universal. We are committed to capturing the imagination through unique images and vivid storytelling in our printed materials, professional video productions, and internet resources, grounded in the best contemporary scholarship.”; also has magazine, “Christian History”.
“Hillsdale College” – offers free online courses (“The Constitution“, “An Introduction to C.S. Lewis”, “The Federalist Papers”, etc.); offers “Imprimus”, a free monthly print or online newsletter with articles from major thinkers in our society; from their website: “Our world will change—what it means to be human will not. We ask our students to grapple with the timeless truths and enduring questions of the Western Tradition. This develops a foundation for the rest of their lives, from their choice of major to their choice of career.”
“The Story of Liberty” – “believe the story of our God-given rights is the great missing link to restore our nation again”; offer live video online tours, Christian economics, interviews, history of holidays, news, education, miracles that saved America, & much more; also has a YouTube channel and published a book, “The Law and Liberty”.
WEBSITES – RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION AROUND THE WORLD:
“Christian Freedom International” (CFI) – “aids, equips and advocates for Christians who are oppressed or persecuted for their faith”.
“International Christian Concern” – “a holistic approach to persecution ministry: Every year, 200 million Christians suffer some level of persecution. The press is largely silent, and the Western Church remains asleep on the subject. We exist to build, bandage, and defend the suffering Body of Jesus”.
“Morningstarnews.com” – “only independent news service focusing exclusively on persecution of Christians”.
“National Association of Evangelicals” (NAE) – “mission is to honor God by connecting and representing evangelical Christians.
Our vision is a thriving evangelical community that is equipped to navigate complexity with biblical clarity”.
“Open Doors” – “More than 360 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith”; founded by Brother Andrew, whose “work led to six decades of support for the persecuted church”; offers annual “Worldwatch List“ with statistics of Christian persecution around the world.
“Voice of the Martyrs” (VOM) – “missionary organization that serves persecuted Christians in the world’s most difficult and dangerous places to be a Christian. Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand founded VOM after being imprisoned for their Christian witness in Communist Romania. For more than 50 years, VOM has been dedicated to inspiring all believers to a biblical faith by encouraging their commitment to Christ and the fulfillment of His Great Commission no matter the cost.”