In Middle East, Christianity “close to extinction”

Sobering news for Christmas:

What was this man’s crime? Being a Christian in a country where the Muslim Brotherhood is in power – Egypt.

What was this man’s crime? Being a Christian in a country where the Muslim Brotherhood is in power – Egypt.

Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers by Muslims, according to a new report.

The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group, mostly from Islamic groups.

And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”.

It warns that converts from Islam face being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran and risk severe legal penalties in other countries across the Middle East.

The report, by the think tank Civitas, says:“It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree.

“A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers.”

It cites estimates that 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.

The “lion’s share” of persecution faced by Christians arises in countries where Islam is the dominant faith, the report says, quoting estimates that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left the region or been killed in the past century.

“There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands,” it says.

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. http://www.france24.com/en/20121221-reporters-christians-islam-coptic-minorities-egypt-saudi-arabia-pakistan-iraq-violence-middle-east

    Christians in an Islamic World
    From Iraq to Egypt, from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, attacks on Christians in majority Muslim countries are on the rise. In the face of growing Islamic radicalism, Christians are struggling to find their place. Some are raising the alarm, while others believe dialogue is still possible.

  2. Well it was all predicted in the Bible. Muslims believe in
    Jesus to but not as God. So called Christians an people in general here throw the bible away and make their own.
    Government is not Christian with it selling dope and promoting
    homosexuality. Basically are viewed as infidels sodomites which is exactly what they are except for a small number and
    Where are their voices Christian persecution is rampant here in Canada and in America Police and media and government turn their backs on us and pose for the Camera’s so much, vain glory. It’s the end dude! The beginning of sorrows. Buckle down and pray. Where are the headlines of French terrorist groups here in Canada probably there too waging a wicked clandestine warfare here.

  3. We are to be good to each other now and forever. Killing is not Being good to people. People cannot be good to people in God’s kingdom then when they are not good to people now.It is imposable.

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