2012 was a year of severe religious persecution. What is not widely known is that Christians are the group persecuted in more countries than any other religion.
See full info graphic here.
This reality is hitting the larger media outlets, today’s Wall Street Journal featured this article:
Christians are targeted—by independent groups or governments—in some 131 countries world-wide.
At the height of the Nazi Holocaust, the wretched human cargo spilling out of cattle cars onto the platforms of Auschwitz was immediately subject to a brutal selektion by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, whose flick of a finger to the left meant immediate death in a gas chamber; to the right, slave labor and slow death from starvation or disease.
Fast forward to 2012 Nigeria, where a latter-day incarnation of selektion has been used—this time not against Jews, but against Christians. See the rest of the article here.
Other posts and articles:
Religious persecution on the rise By Doug Bandow
The latest Pew survey found that “more than 2.2 billion people ― about a third of the world’s population ― live in countries where government restrictions or social hostilities involving religion are increasing. About 1 percent lives in countries where government restrictions or social hostilities are decreasing.”
Opinion: Persecution against Christian minorities in the world by Fiorello Provera
Recently, the human-rights activist, former Dutch politician, and Somali exile Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote about a global war on Christians in Muslim countries. She discussed at length the appalling phenomenon of violent intolerance towards Christian communities, and cast blame on the international community and prominent NGOs for failing to address this problem.
In almost every part of the world, reports emerge on a daily basis of Christian communities falling victim to harassment and persecution.
Christians face arrest, persecution in Iran, U.N. experts say By Stephanie Nebehay
(Reuters) – More than 300 Christians have been arrested since mid-2010 in Iran where churches operate in a climate of fear and Muslims who convert to Christianity face persecution, United Nations human rights investigators said on Thursday.
Egypt’s uprising stirs fears of persecution of minority Coptic Christians By Michelle Boorstein
With attacks on Christians already increasing in the Middle East, the populist uprising in Egypt has triggered fears among some that the region’s largest non-Muslim population – Egypt’s 7 million Coptic Christians – could be at risk.
Over Easter, Chinese authorities escalated their campaign against a Protestant “house church,” Shouwang, detaining dozens of believers and placing hundreds more under house arrest for the “crime” of worshipping in a public square.
Let’s continue to be aware, pray, inform, and act in behalf of the persecuted church around the world.