From China to Europe, the world is becoming more dangerous for Christians

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is no need for that question mark in the title. Both the persecution and the oblivion are facts. Christians have been victims of the genocide in Isis-controlled parts of Iraq and Syria. In 2011, there were 150,000 Christians in Aleppo and now there are 35,000. Persecution rises in other Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Sudan and Iran. In Nigeria, 1.8 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram.

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  • disqusW6sf

    As P. Hitchens said awhile back the most dangerous idea is that Jesus Christ is the son of God and rose from the dead.

  • Watchman

    Witness the massive PR effort on behalf of the Rohingya Muslims currently underway. If every Rohingya Muslim was forced to leave Myanmar, there would be about 1 million people displaced. This is around half the people who have already been displaced by Boko Haram, and I think you could make a case that the Burmese were beset by the massacres of Buddhists by Rohingya unlike those innocents forced to leave by Boko Haram.

    Where is the massive outcry about those Christians and Animists beset by religiously driven Boko Haram?

    • jayme

      A demonstration, partly, of the power of islam worldwide and perhaps more specifically, of the countries that follow that vile ideology – SA, Iran, Qatar, etc. What nation is more than nominally Christian and will stand up for and threaten those who threaten Christians? Russia, perhaps? Certainly not Western countries, or China (despite their booming Christian population).

    • Justin St.Denis

      One wishes Christendom would LEARN from Buddhist Burma. Jesus Christ was no pacifist patsy. Christians need to return to the Scriptures.

      • Tooth&Claw

        The unfortunate part is that the meaning of turn the other cheek has been misinterpreted. Turning the other cheek was not a submissive act, but a defiant one that forced the slapper to treat the one slapped as an equal.
        https://cpt.org/files/BN%20-%20Jesus'%20Third%20Way.pdf

        • Jabberwokk

          Yes I do hate that one. Especially when they leave out the word “right” as in “strike you on the right cheek.” Most people are right handed. Try striking someone on their right cheek with your right hand. Your going to encounter a curious problem.

        • disqusW6sf

          It’s revolutionary.

  • disqusW6sf

    The most dangerous idea – see P. Hitchens
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuOlNne_qs4

  • Justin St.Denis

    For those even vaguely interested, the persecution of Christians is foretold in the Bible as preceding the last days. As a very devout Christian, I expected this, but not during my actual lifetime. Scary. And sad. I worry for my grandchildren and children – all firmly Christian – and what the future holds for them in their lifetimes.

    • Tooth&Claw

      I often wonder how much of the persecution is karmic payback for Christian institutional abuse over the centuries. Jesus was Jesus, the churches that claim his mantle were often not Christlike.

      • Watchman

        It doesn’t matter. You are not responsible for what they did, and bear no blame or responsibility that even your father might have done before you were born.

        We are all individually given choice and opportunity for salvation. What we do with that choice is up to us.

        • Tooth&Claw

          I understand that, however what is sown will also be reaped. I think we’re seeing the reaping.

      • Felix_Culpa

        Whatever institutional abuse was perpetuated by Christians, it pales to a tiny percentage of the temporal good done by Christians over the centuries–free schools, free hospitals, care of the poor, and improvements in social conditions in many ways is purely due to the Catholic Church. This charitable impulse simply did not, and is not, happening in societies dominated by Hindus, Buddhists, or Muslims.

        • Tooth&Claw

          Depends on who is doing the measuring of benefit vs harm. That isn’t me, but perhaps the universe has a different way of measuring that.