- Muslim-majority societies formed 12 of the 20 ‘unfree’ ones surveyed, and of the seven territories receiving the lowest possible score, four were Muslim.
See the full report “Christianophobia” written by Rupert Shortt and published by Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society in December 2012:
- 200 million Christians (10 percent of the global total) are socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.
- Christianity is facing elimination in its Biblical homeland: between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the region have left or been killed over the past century.
- Comparable tragedies have unfolded elsewhere. About 100,000 Catholic civilians in East Timor were murdered by agents of the Suharto regime during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, for example; and two million Christians and other non-Muslims perished in Sudan’s civil conflict during the period 1985–2005.
- In 1990, there were between 1.2 and 1.4 million Christians in the country. By the time of the second Gulf war in 2003, this figure had fallen by about half a million. Today, fewer than 200,000 remain. Between 2006 and 2010, 17 Iraqi priests and two Iraqi bishops were kidnapped in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk. All were assaulted or tortured by their captors.
- Between August and October of 2008, the eastern state of Orissa in India saw the worst outbreak of brutality against Christians since Independence. Hindu extremists murdered at least 90 people, displaced at least 50,000 more from their homes, and attacked about 170 churches and chapels.