Jim Terry
America’s new “peculiar institution”
By Jim Terry
March 5, 2021

Open Doors USA is an organization which monitors Christian persecution around the world and advocates for believers in Jesus the Christ who are under persecution. The organization also spreads the Word by distributing Bibles in countries across the globe.

According to the Open Doors USA website, in the past year: over 340 million Christians lived in places where they experienced high levels of persecution and discrimination; 4,761 Christians were killed for their faith; 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings were attacked; 4,277 believers were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned.

Open Doors USA maintains a watch list of the top fifty countries where persecution of Christians is the worst. North Korea heads the list, where it is believed that 50-70,000 Christians are currently imprisoned.

Since 1973, when the United States Supreme Court declared unfettered abortion to be legal, more than 63 million babies have been murdered in the womb. Not only does that number place the United States in a race with China for first place in state sponsored genocide in history, but it could be argued that it also makes the United States the worst persecutor of Christians in history.

In 2018 and 2019, Pew Research Center conducted telephone surveys from which they concluded that 65% of American adults identify as Christians, which was twelve percentage points lower than a decade earlier.

In April 2018, Pew Research published a paper titled, “Black Americans are more likely than overall public to be Christian, Protestant.” Pew concluded this through analysis of its Religious Landscape Study. The report said, “Nearly eight-in-ten black Americans (79%) identify as Christian, according to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study. By comparison, seven-in-ten Americans overall (71%) say they are Christian, including 70% of whites, 77% of Latinos and just 34% of Asian Americans.”

While we cannot, and will not, ever know how anyone born in the United States, or anywhere, will fall with regard to religion, if 65% of American adults self -identify as Christians, we can assume that some percent of those born in America will adopt Christianity. Will it be 10% or 65%? We just don’t know. But, for this purpose, let’s say that 40% of all people born in America-that is 25 percentage points below what current statistics indicate- will at some point in their life self -identify as Christian.

Now, let’s apply these numbers to the 63 million babies who have been aborted since 1973. If we say that 40% of all babies who would have been born but were aborted, would have at some point self-identified as Christian, that would be a little more than 25 million Christians persecuted unto death. Historically, the abortion rate of blacks has been around 37%, which is disproportionate to their overall population. When that rate is applied, approximately 9.25 million black babies have been murdered since 1973. If, as Pew’s research found, nearly eight – in- ten blacks self -identify as Christians, then nearly 7.3 million black Christians could have been victims of America’s new “peculiar institution” – abortion.

In order to consider this argument, one would first have to accept that those 63 million babies were indeed, babies, and not just blobs of tissue which were only potential persons, but with no meaningful life, as argued by most liberal supporters of abortion. One would also have to have some belief in a Supreme Being, such as the God of the Bible and the creator of everything.

I know that some readers are thinking, this guy is nuts; he has no idea if anyone ever born will confess allegiance to Jesus. I have already conceded neither I nor anyone, except God, knows that. On the other hand, it would be intellectually dishonest to say that not one out of 63 million people, were they to have been born, would ever adopt Christianity, and if only one future Christian has been the victim of state sponsored genocide, that is Christian persecution.

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Jim Terry has worked in Republican grassroots politics for 40 years. Terry was an administrative assistant to a Republican elected official in Dallas for twenty years. In 1996, he ran for and was elected to Justice Court 2 in Dallas County where he served eight years. Contact Jim at tr4guy62@yahoo.com


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