Christianity is by far the most oppressed faith on Earth. According to the Centre for Studies on New Religions, over 600 million Christians are prevented from practicing their faith at this very moment. 90,000 Christians were killed for practicing their beliefs in 2016 alone.
And yet, you almost never hear about this in the elitist mainstream media.
Unless they are trying to accuse their own citizens of “Islamophobia,” those in power never discuss the persecution of religious minorities around the world, and they make certain to ignore what happens to Christians.
To see how massive the problem is, consider the map below, courtesy of Open Doors – an organization that helps persecuted Christians around the world – showing the countries that persecute Christians:
Also courtesy of Open Doors, consider these deeply disturbing facts about the persecution of Christians around the world:
The persecution of Christians has increased… across every region in which Open Doors works. The number of persecution points needed to enter the 2016 List has increased by 50% since 2013. This year the level of persecution increased even in countries that dropped out of the top 50.
Religious extremism – Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist – is the greatest source of persecution of Christians.
North Korea is still the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian.
As well as in the Middle East, Islamic extremism has a second and powerfully destructive hub in sub-Saharan Africa.
Islamic State (IS) violence is radicalising Muslims and therefore increasing pressure on Christians in many countries.
The state is still a major source of persecution; but increasingly extremism is a cross-border phenomenon.
Conflict and failed nation states result in increased levels of persecution.
Never before have so many Christians been on the move. According to the UN, a record 60 million people have been displaced. A great number of these are Christians, especially in places like Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, where anti-Christian violence has driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from their homes.
Gender violence is a weapon of persecution: women and girls are on the frontline.
Open Doors records show that worldwide there were well over 7,000 Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the reporting period. That is a rise of almost 3,000 in comparison to conservative figures from the WWL 2015 period. This is excluding North Korea, Syria and Iraq, where accurate records do not exist.
Around 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged, which is over double the number for the previous year.
In six countries the level of persecution increased seriously (by 7 points or more): Eritrea, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Kuwait.
In nine countries the level of persecution increased significantly (by 5 to 6 points): India, Ethiopia, UAE, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Yemen, Kenya, Indonesia and Niger.
Still, the elites remain silent on this horrific persecution of Christians.
It’s a disturbing and outrageous double standard, and it shows a clear political agenda.
All religious discrimination should be condemned. People should be free to practice their faith.
But the elites don’t seem to recognize that right of religious freedom when it comes to Christians.
They rarely – if ever – speak about the persecution of Christians, and they actively court closer relations with countries that horrifically suppress religious freedom – such as Saudi Arabia – without ever using leverage to protect the rights of religious minorities.
Not only do they ignore the persecution of Christians, but they also hypocritically focus political attacks on Christians in our own country in a way they never would for any other group.
For example, Christians who adhere strongly to traditional values are often condemned as bigots, while the subject of radical Islamism and Sharia Law is totally ignored.
The double standard must end
This double standard is dangerous, and it must come to an end. The elites willful ignorance towards the persecution of Christians costs lives, and it stops our nation from seeing the truth. While political leaders have made enormous efforts to get positive press coverage by welcoming refugees from the Middle East, they have ignored the immense persecution of Christians in the Middle East, and very few Christians have been welcomed.
It’s totally unacceptable that 600 million people are stopped from practicing their Christian faith, and 90,000 are killed for their faith, and yet we are expected to just go along with our leaders pretending it isn’t happening.
If we are to truly defend freedom, defending freedom of religion is non-negotiable. And to truly defend freedom of religion, we must speak out for the rights of the countless persecuted Christians who are suffering around the world.