Lindsay Elizabeth While you might have seen a decrease in mainstream media reporting regarding Christian persecution, there has only been an increase in the persecution taking place against Christians around the world.
Faithwire: U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom Calls Out Most Oppressive Countries in Daming Report According to the Gatestone Institute, persecution of Christians by extremist groups and individuals is continuing to climb, as the persecution has become more systematic than random. In their latest “Religious Freedom Report,” Aid to the Church in Need warned that around 300 million Christians around the world have been subjected to violence, making Christianity the most persecuted religion in the world. Raymond Ibrahim of the Gatestone Institute argued that that statistic demonstrates that it is much more difficult for a Christian to live in a Muslim country than a Muslim to live in a Western country. He pointed to a study done by Voices in Europe where they pointed out that the chances of being killed as a Christian, simply for being a Christian, in a Muslim country is incredibly high. Voice of Europe explained that because 300 million Christians have been subjected to violence, that means that in a Muslim-majority country, 1 in 70,000 Christians have been murdered for their beliefs. “This makes the odds of a Christian in a majority-Muslim country being murdered by a Muslim – simply for being what he is – approximately one in 70,000,” Europe Voice pointed out. “Which means that a Christian living in a majority Muslim country is 143 times more likely to be killed by a Muslim for being a Christian than a Muslim is likely to be killed by a non-Muslim in a Western country for being what he is.” Persecution Is Taking Place All Over The World A few weeks ago, the archbishop of Irbil spoke about how “political correctness” in Western countries would lead them to become “complicit” in the persecution of Christians all over the world, but specifically in the Middle East. Faithwire: ‘Everything is Possible With Jesus’: Iraqi Christians Demonstrate Stunning Faith by Forgiving ISIS Captors As reported by Faithwire News, Bashar Warda, the archbishop, made the comments in London a few weeks back when he addressed the failure of Western countries to condone the extremism as what it is “a cancer.” “Will you continue to condone this never-ending, organized persecution against us?” he asked. “When the next wave of violence begins to hit us, will anyone on your campuses hold demonstrations and carry signs that say, ‘We are all Christians?’” “Christianity in Iraq,” he said, “one of the oldest Churches, if not the oldest Church in the world, is perilously close to extinction. Those of us who remain must be ready to face martyrdom.” His comments came at a time where the country of Iraq is trying to rebuild in so many different ways. Five years ago, ISIS landed in the region and started to slowly take over. It didn’t take much time before the whole entire country was under the grip of the extremist group. Faithwire: ‘They Burned Me, But I Didn’t Burn’: Iraqi Christian Attacked By ISIS Recalls Miraculous Survival Christians who had lived in the Ninevah Plains fled for their lives, some making it to other countries, where they would live for years, others not reaching a destination. Over the past 9 months, Iraqi Christians have been slowly returning to their homes in the Ninevah Plains, many returning to complete destruction. Christian Persecution Reaching “Genocide” Scale The numbers regarding Christian persecution are so staggering that it is nearing the international definition for “genocide.” Faithwire: ‘Disappearing’: Christian Persecution Is Nearing ‘Genocide Levels’ Recently a report, commissioned by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, concluded that Christian persecution is climbing so remarkably fast that it will soon be considered a genocide.As previously reported by Faithwire News: “the study, overseen by Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, discovered that one in three people suffer from religious persecution, with Christians being the most oppressed of them all.” “The inconvenient truth,” the report reads, is “that the overwhelming majority (80%) of persecuted religious believers are Christians.” “Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution but also its increasing severity,” the bishop wrote, noting that the faith “is at risk of disappearing” if Christians and others around the world do not take action. Whether it is the banning of crosses in China, or the burning of churches in France, or the violent attacks in Nigeria, the goal of the persecutors is clear: to wipe the name of Jesus Christ off the face of the Earth.