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Global Persecution of Christians Nearing Genocidal Levels, British Report Finds

church crosses Christianity cross Christians persecutionA study commissioned by the U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has found that the persecution of Christians around the world is nearing near genocidal levels, and political correctness has kept the issue from being addressed.

The study, led by Anglican Bishop Philip Mounstephen, found that approximately one in three individuals suffer from religious persecution, with Christians being the most persecuted religious group in the world. “Persecution on grounds of religious faith is a global phenomenon that is growing in scale and intensity,” reads the report’s overview. “Though it is impossible to know the exact numbers of people persecuted for their faith, based on reports from different NGOs, it is estimated that one third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians being the most persecuted group.”

The overview goes on to note that evidence suggests “acts of violence and other intimidation against Christians are becoming more widespread,” with concerted efforts by some groups in parts of the Middle East and Africa to “eradicate” the Christian faith in their areas.

The report cites a Pew Research Center study showing that in 2016 Christians were targeted in a total of 144 countries, up from 125 just a year earlier. The Pew study found that “Christians have been harassed in more countries than any other religious group and have suffered harassment in many of the heavily Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa.”

The U.K. report goes on to state that in some regions of the world, “the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide…. The eradication of Christians and other minorities on pain of ‘the sword’ or other violent means was revealed to be the specific and stated objective of extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-east Nigeria, and the Philippines.”

That “intent to erase all evidence of the Christian presence,” continued the report, “was made plain by the removal of crosses, the destruction of Church buildings and other Church symbols. The killing and abduction of clergy represented a direct attack on the Church’s structure and leadership. Where these and other incidents meet the tests of genocide, governments will be required to bring perpetrators to justice, aid victims and take preventative measures for the future.”

The BBC quoted Foreign Secretary Hunt as saying that he thought “political correctness” was, in part, responsible for a lack of response among Western nations to the rising problem of Christian persecution. Hearkening back to Britain’s history of global conquest, Hunt observed, “I think there is a misplaced worry that it is somehow colonialist to talk about a religion that was associated with colonial powers rather than the countries that we marched into as colonizers. That has perhaps created an awkwardness in talking about this issue — the role of missionaries was always a controversial one and that has, I think, also led some people to shy away from this topic.” He added that “what we have forgotten in that atmosphere of political correctness is actually the Christians that are being persecuted are some of the poorest people on the planet.”

Juliana Taimoorazy of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council concurred with the notion that political correctness has prompted many to ignore religious persecution, especially of Christians. “I believe the death of most people suffering today is truly because of political correctness,” she said, “because the world turns a blind eye to this, and when we are politically correct, we are sympathizing with those terrorists that are destroying communities and erasing history.”

The U.K. report noted that the Christian population in Palestine is now below 1.5 percent, and in Syria, where ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups have held sway, the number of Christians has dropped from 1.7 million in 2011 to below 450,000 today. Similarly, in Iraq, the Christian population has fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 (when the second Gulf War began) to fewer than 120,000 today.

“The main impact of such genocidal acts against Christians is exodus,” the report stated. “Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest…. Christianity is at risk of disappearing.”

In a statement, Bishop Mounstephen said that through his previous experience with the global church in Asia and Africa, “I was aware of the terrible reality of persecution, but to be honest in preparing this report I’ve been truly shocked by the severity, scale, and scope of the problem. It forces us in the West to ask ourselves some hard questions, not the least of which is this: why have we been so blind to this situation for so long? It is essential we now recognize that religion is a massive vulnerability marker for many communities worldwide. The oft-cited Western mantra that we attend to ‘need not creed’ disguises this fundamental fact. Put simply your creed might put you in much greater need — and we cannot be blind to that.”

He added that it “is also ironic that many western secularists, Islamic extremists, and authoritarian regimes share a common erroneous assumption: that the Christian faith is primarily an expression of white western privilege. In fact, Christianity is primarily a phenomenon of the global south and the global poor.”

Reprinted with permission from - The New American - by Dave Bohon

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Jack Thomas

Am I the only one on this site that thinks genocide and persecution of Christians is evil? Where are the voices of other Christian and Jewish AMAC members on this topic? As stated in the above referenced article, “political correctness” has apparently paralyzed Western nations from responding forcefully and clearly to what has become a global harassment campaign against Christians, historically the most threatened religious group in the world. The ancient Romans tormented, persecuted, and killed Christians without mercy, including the disciples of Jesus who founded the early Christian church. That genocide continues today in many places where Christians are not welcome. Those Christians who travel as missionaries in foreign countries walk a dangerous road; it’s only by the grace of God that some are spared the horrific fate of many others. In China, Christian churches are pretty much “undergound” where worship is confined to someone’s house, in secret. If… Read more »

Nic Engel

Jack Thomas, you provided a well-written response. I have heard that 11 Christians are martyred every day; in light of this report, that may be a low estimate. PC and removing symbols are probably just the beginning. Who would have thought we would ever live in such an age of persecution. Those who claim we must be diverse put limits on that. Those who do not know history are certainly doomed to repeat it. It has also been said that when Christians are persecuted, the Church rises and strengthens. Pray that this is true since so many turn a blind eye to all this and say it can never happen.

Dr. Scott

To Jack and others that are in the fight against the genocide of our Christian faith.
We are with you.
I spent time in the Southern Philippines working with the area Church and witness to the Muslim community there. My friend and brother in Jesus is Roger Roldan. He lives there and has a program to teach the local church pastors and lay leaders how to reach out to the Muslim world. His trip here early this year to seek help with this project bore very little help.
Yes, Christian leaders are targeted there. Yes, we lost some good people in my time there and especially since. I pray for them often. I hope you all join us in prayer for the end of this goal of wiping out the love of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We need a Great Awakening of God.

Pamela Cook

Political correctness to me simply means that you now have prevented yourself from truly understanding the intention of another person’s heart. If I am around a bigot, I would much rather they say it up front so I can make the decision NOT to be around them. Instead of making it “politically correct “ not to discussion on such issues as right to life, Christ, free speech and so on. I would rather know up front , if some one is a bigot so I can get the truth up front.Political correctness has become the reason we no longer can have a conversation without hurlings insults at those we disagree with. Not a single time in my life , has anyone changed my mind by screaming at me with insulting words. However I have looked at the other side of an issue, when someone has said calmly and intellectually, “I… Read more »

Craig Finley

90% of Christian persecution is happening in Muslim countries. Look at Open Doors latest top 50 countries who persecute Christians-the overwhelming majority are Muslims. Only the first dozen or so years of the Prophet Mohammed’s were peaceful. Then he received this verse from Allah: “And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say: Surely Allah’s guidance, that is the (true) guidance. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper.” (Koran 2:120) That was when jihad started. What many writers call the “First Age of Islam” lasted from the 600’s to 1905, when the last Islamic caliphate was crushed. 270 million were dead: 120 million Africans, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus, and 10 million Buddhists. Did you know Islam allows Muslims to lie to “People… Read more »

Marilyn Griffin

But no one, including the U.N. and the Catholic Pope, seems to care about the persecution of Christians. Not even the U.S.. If we really cared, we would be restricting our entire allotment of refugees/asylees to these persecuted Christians, denying any spots to any others as long as the Christian’s situation exists. We are supposedly a Christian nation so we have a perfect right to prioritize our refuge spots for Christians.

Barbara Smith

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind” I Timothy 1:7. So ask yourself, “where is fear coming from”? A follower of Christ has to know that the antichrist is the giver of fear and he is using people who don’t want to believe in God. God says in the Bible this would happen so as believers in Jesus we need to put on the full armour of God that we can be protected and be bold and know fear has no hold on you, you are a child of King Jesus. Yes, I know, easy to say when we live in America. But, as stated by others, persecution is happening in our society and we do need to be prepared to stand against it. God is the judge, not me.… Read more »

ONTIME

There is nothing wrong with Christians being armed and able to defend themselves, they are not the flock that let’s the wolf prey on them and this hate and intolerance that has consumed islamics who misuse their faith can find their abuse of all others a real detriment to their own survival………..

Fixer48

Things are only going to get worse for Christians as foretold in Scripture. The wake-up call of 911 only had an effect for a few weeks. The U.S. that was once a light on a hill for religious freedom has now become part of the persecution. There is no Great Awakening coming until Jesus comes back.

Suzanne M Fairchild

God has always had a plan. Man has forever fought the plan. Adam and Eve were not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Yet they did. Man went steadily downhill from there, starting with Cain who slew his brother Abel. When man got so bad that God would no longer tolerate his sin, he destroyed the earth with a flood after giving Noah the task to build an ark. Though the ark was open to all who would join Noah, only Noah’s family plus the animals he had been instructed to bring were saved. It’s sad to note that though there were probably millions of people on the earth only eight (8) people were saved. More years went by and when the Gentiles disobeyed God and built the “Tower of Babel” he changed their language from one to many and scattered them. Continuing… Read more »

Skeptic Al

Evil days are upon us… and far worse is coming…

J Mike Byrs

This article is an example of he very political correctness it ostensibly is decrying. Even here it can’t name the ideology, the religion, that is far and away the most murderous and treacherous with an unabashed mission of eradicating Jews and Christianity, and everything else that stands in its way of a global Uma, a central part of their religion. The biggest and boldest lie of our time is that Islam is a peaceful religion. I don’t know if I misunderstood, but the author seems to be saying that Christianity is as much the problem as the victim, in that its creed keeps people the poorest, and that whatever good missionaries do and have done is suspect. Such foolish nonsense is more of the political correctness that is indeed allowing the perpetrators of such persecution to thrive, and become almost unassailable even in our western “Christian” countries. The truth is… Read more »

Justis

Islam is not a religion of peace, it’s a political theory of conquest that seeks domination by any means it can.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali a former Muslim bravely stated this fact.
Islam is a backwards 7th century ideology of hatred bigotry racism and intolerance, death and destruction.
Western civilization has to wake up to this fact.

Truth to all

Genocide is what muslim’s truley stand for. They know Allah and Muhamed are the biggest farce in the world. It’s like the democrats. When they know they don’t have any facts that show that they truley care for anyone else than their own skin they have to rely on killing the Christians and Jews. The Jews and Christians are the one’s who started the schools and universities but now there filled with lies and wickedness perpetrated by satan and the wicked left. Anyone who shows up to tell the truth is drowned out by bull horns. Chick-fil-a is not allowed on campus, because they actually show respect and kindness to all in spite of some who are vile and wicked. The wicked can’t allow anyone to see the truth shown to them. These wicked people have to put blinders on people so they can lead them off a cliff to… Read more »

Elena Clancy

This is really horrendous and something must be done about it. I say that all Christians denominations should get together and discuss some kind of process to eliminate this problem. They must put political correctness aside and deal with this problem. Perhaps like in the past some type of crusade may be needed. I really don’t know if the Catholic church is strong enough to do something about this.

Dave D

Then why did the Brits let them take over England? This should not have been a no brainier. Cry about it later and clean up your country’s! .
We have to the same thing but with them voting for the Demo-rats it’s going to take some doing!

Howard C

One will never hear this on “any” news channel including Fox News … sad. Now Christians are under attack in formerly Christian countries including the U.S. … take advantage of the 2nd Amendment while you can.