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100 million Christians persecuted, says British group

Street violence in Egypt

Seventy five percent of religious persecution in the world is against Christians, reports a British watchdog group, which says 100 million Christians are facing official oppression.

China, Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia are the worst places for Christians to practice their faith, reports Aid to the Church in Need. Also making the list are  Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.  


John Pontifex

While persecution is terrible in countries where Islamic extremists are on the rise, the report notes that Christians are harassed in Burma, India, and Sri Lanka as well — where militant Hindus and Buddhists have resorted to violence against Christians, said John Pontifex, organization spokesman.


Politics are sometimes an issue.

“As they are in most cases unable to attack Western countries direct, many extremists turn their fire on local Christians,” he said — as extremists equate Christianity with the western world.

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe, a British Member of Parliament for 23 years, said she is “increasingly alarmed” by reports of violence and intimidation against Christians. She criticized the British government’s efforts to protect the rights of religious minorities and its tendency to turn a blind eye to persecution of Christians overseas.


“It is time to put our heads above the parapet and speak up in the name of Christians suffering for their faith,” she said. “I am delighted to support the work of Aid to the Church in Need, which is doing excellent work to help persecuted Christians.”

Keith O’Brien, the UK’s Catholic Cardinal from Edinburgh recently described persecution of Christians as “perhaps the biggest human rights scandal of our generation.”

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Paul C

posted December 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Incidentally, BeliefNet does a really good job of highlighting genuine persecution of Christians around the world. Well done. highlighting these horrible things is good and gives us a lot of food for thought. But I’ve been looking in vain for mention of one place where Christian believers are routinely harrassed, victimised and live under threat and you never seem to mention it. It’s a strange omission.

How come you never report on the daily struggles of Christians in the Occupied Territories of Palestine? Are they not worthy of discussion? Churches firebombed by Israeli settlers; churches vandalised, defaced and sprayed with obscene graffiti – in Hebrew. Churches closed by the Israeli authorities, and the kicker being refusal of free asociation to worship – it’s ironic that even at Christmas, Palestinian Christians were refused access to churches in two obscure little towns called Bethlehem and Nazareth, as the occupiers refused to let them through the “security wall”. On top of that, the more excitable of their Islamic neighbours view them with distrust, so they get it from both sides. Surely this classes as religious persecution in anyone’s definition of the term?

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Paul C

posted December 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Errr…. the united Kingdom is covered by THREE Roman Catholic cardinals. Keith O’Brien is Cardinal to Scotland only. Northern Ireland is part of the All-Ireland province. England and Wales are a third Catholic province. Just correcting…

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