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Why Are Christians the World's Most Persecuted Group?

Society & Culture  (tags: Christian, persecuted, Islamic countries )

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Pew Report lists 24 countries--20 of which are Islamic and precisely where the overwhelming majority of "the world's" Christians are actually being persecuted.

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Marianne R (95)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:40 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:55 am
I realize the article is about real prosecution. Indeed I know real Christians who do suffer for their faith. However there are those here stateside that think they are prosecuted because they don't mind their own business in a progressive society.

Beth S (330)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 10:11 am
This is important for people to realize. The media makes it sound like it's the Christian's fault and ignores the ghastly Islamic provocation -- killing, rape, bombing, and so on.

If we can't trust our media to do the job of telling the unbiased and full truth, then we must do it.

Thanks, David

Carol D (346)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 10:20 am
It's the Progressive society though in this country Gloria that want to take Religion and God out of this country which is why most of the society are anti Progressive IMO By trying to silence those who believe, is indeed a suffering because of trying to take free speech away from them or by trying to tell them where they can express their faith, or that they are going to do what a progressive people want as in supporting abortion and etc; which Christians are against!! There may not be be-headings, stonings, murders and rapes associated with it in this country but none the less Christians in this country are persecuted!

Gene J (290)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 11:57 am
"Thus because Christianity is the only religion that is actively confronting Muslims with the truths of its own message, not only is it the primary religion to be accused of proselytizing but, by publicly uttering teachings that contradict Muhammad's, Christians are accused of blaspheming as well."

Personally I believe only that the republican right extremists and the extremists of islam deserve each other. Perhaps we could find some land no one wants and send both groups there and let them play out their havoc with each other and leave the peace loving people of this planet alone. Maybe Antarctica, it is big enough and as stone cold as their hearts.

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 2:34 pm
Noted, tweeted. A very succinct article that covers a lot with few words. Thanks, David.

Roger Skinner (14)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 3:34 pm
Carol posted about this Pew survey over three weeks ago [] and, as I pointed out in her posting, saying that Christians are the most persecuted isn't entirely true. The Pew article [ ] is titled, "Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High" and it seems that the claim that Christians are the most persecuted is based on the Pew finding that Christians were "harassed" in 110 countries, but Muslims were "harassed" in 109. Not really a meaningful difference between the two. The Pew study doesn't tell us how many of each religion were "harassed", but it does tell us that Muslims got governmental harassment in 83 countries while Christians got governmental harassment in 81 countries. It also says that Muslims got social harassment in 88 countries while Christians got social harassment in 83 countries. That doesn't sound like Christians are being the "most persecuted" does it? What the Pew study highlights is the insanity of religious intolerance. No religion is immune from it and no religion is innocent of it. It seems to me that if you look at history, Christians have been to blame for more religious persecution than anyone else. It's no wonder that they are getting some payback now.

Stan B (123)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:23 pm
Roger. There's a huge difference between " harassed " and " persecuted." If the Nazis had merely " harassed " Jews in Germany, 6 million of them wouldn't have been murdered.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 5:33 pm
My family came to the US in 1688 to practice their religion because Louis and the Catholics were going to kill them with the reversal of the Edict of Nantes. The did not come here to make you practice their religion. If everyone has to follow your religion you don't belong in the United States of America. That' not the deal with citizenship here.

Roger Skinner (14)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:17 pm
Yes, Stan, I'm well aware that there is a difference between "harassed" and "persecuted" and that is exactly my point. The Pew survey makes NO mention of anyone being "persecuted", they talk about harassment and restrictions and hostility. In any case, what the Nazis did to the Jews was way beyond persecution.

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday March 3, 2014, 1:42 am
I hope to submit a comment within the next 24 hours. I am falling asleep at my laptop.

Everyone, have a wonderful day!

Hilary S (65)
Monday March 3, 2014, 3:05 am
harassed, persecuted, as well as slaughtered in too many cases - these days islamists merrily raise their banner of perfection and feel justified in wiping out anyone else. there are a lot of christians living within and in close proximity to islamic societies, which places them in the firing line. is it more targetted than that?

Sheila D (194)
Monday March 3, 2014, 3:44 pm
One needs to look back through the long history between Christians and Muslims to understand that the answers in this article are very simplistic and not a true reasoning of the mutual antagonism between the two groups. Atrocities have been committed on both sides over centuries...and those devout in either faith will have a knowledge, usually very biased, of what has gone on before. The hatred seems almost part of their DNA.

Monday March 3, 2014, 6:53 pm
For some mysterious reason, no one seems to think that it may be that fellow from the warmer climates fault which may be behind the persecution of the world’s Christians.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday March 3, 2014, 7:41 pm
People need to understand that CHRISTIANITY per se is NOT a religion. IT IS A WAY OF LIFE. Jesus never spoke of having a 'relligion'......because with such wisdom as he possessed he could see that 'religions' were going to be the bane of the Human race. The answer to all our problems is to 'love one another'.....and until this becomes our credo - nothing will change.,

Angela J (61)
Monday March 3, 2014, 9:23 pm
Thank you.

pam w (139)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:02 am
BRILLIANT comment, Gloria! Yes, Muslims kill Christians and they ALSO kill fellow Muslims..repeatedly and with a deelply-held sense of RIGHTNESS and ENTITLEMENT!

I'm weary of Christians in this country who whine about ''persecution'' simply because they're told REPEATEDLY to keep their religion out of everyone else's life, schools, publicly-funded venues and government!

The seemingly permanent hostility between Islam and the rest of the world is another issue and should be recognized as such.


P. L. Neola (21)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 12:24 am
“To summarize, because of their sheer numbers around the globe, including the Muslim world, Christians are the most likely targets of Islamic intolerance; because sharing the Gospel, or "witnessing," is a dominant element of Christianity, Christians are most likely to fall afoul of Islam's blasphemy and proselytism laws, as even the barest pro-Christian talk is by necessity a challenge to the legitimacy of Islam; because most Muslims who apostatize to other religions convert to Christianity, it is as Christians that they suffer persecution; and because boldness in face of certain death—martyrdom, dying for the faith—is as old as Christianity itself, Christians are especially prone to defy Islam's anti-freedom laws, whether by openly proclaiming Christianity or by refusing to recant it, and so they die for it.”

This explains it all. I have nothing to add. The author of this article, Raymond Ibrahim, also has a book, Crucified Again, on the market now. I own a copy. I only need to stay off the internet long enough to read and educate myself on the tragedies of the Middle East!

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 6:17 am
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