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This Happened - April 24: Armenian Genocide Begins

The Armenian genocide began on this day in 1915, when the Ottoman government arrested and deported hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople (now Istanbul).

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What led to the start of the Armenian genocide?

The Ottoman government had long been hostile towards the Armenian population, who were primarily Christian in a Muslim-dominated empire. The outbreak of World War I provided an opportunity for the government to carry out its plan to remove the Armenian population from Ottoman territory.

What happened to the Armenians who were arrested and deported?

The Armenians who were arrested and deported were taken to detention centers and concentration camps, where many were tortured, starved, and killed. This was the beginning of a systematic campaign of violence and mass killings that would continue until 1923. Estimates of the number of Armenians who were killed in the genocide vary widely, but most sources put the number at between 1 and 1.5 million.

Has the Armenian genocide been recognized as such in modern times?

The Armenian genocide has been recognized as such by many countries and international organizations, including the United Nations. However, the government of Turkey continues to deny that genocide took place, which remains a contentious issue between Turkey and Armenia and much of the international community.

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Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

Horror films have a complicated and rich history with christian themes and influences, but how healthy is it for audiences watching?

Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

"The Nun II" was released on Sept. 2023.

Joseph Holmes

“The Nun II” has little to show for itself except for its repetitive jump scares — but could it also be a danger to your soul?

Christians have a complicated relationship with the horror genre. On the one hand, horror movies are one of the few types of Hollywood films that unapologetically treat Christianity (particularly Catholicism) as good.

“The Exorcist” remains one of the most successful and acclaimed movies of all time. More recently, “The Conjuring” franchise — about a wholesome husband and wife duo who fight demons for the Catholic Church in the 1970s and related spinoffs about the monsters they’ve fought — has more reverent references to Jesus than almost any movie I can think of in recent memory (even more than many faith-based films).

The Catholic film critic Deacon Steven Greydanus once mentioned that one of the few places where you can find substantial positive Catholic representation was inhorror films.

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