About 100 million Christians persecuted around the world: report

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About 100 million Christians are persecuted around the world, with conditions worsening for them most rapidly in Syria and Ethiopia, according to an annual report by a group supporting oppressed Christians worldwide. 


Open Doors, a non-denominational Christian group, listed North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan as the three toughest countries for Christians last year. They topped the 50-country ranking for 2011 as well.

Syria jumped from 36th to 11th place on the list as its Christian minority, first suspected by rebels of close ties to the Assad government, has increasingly become a target for radical Islamist fighters, the report said.

Ethiopia, which is two-thirds Christian, shot up from 38th to 15th place in the ranking due to a “complex mix of persecution dynamics” including attacks by radical Islamists and reprisals by traditional Christians against new Protestant movements.

Mali came from no listing for 2011 to 7th place because the sharia rule the Islamist Ansar Dine group imposed on the north of the country not only brought harsh punishments for the Muslim majority but also drove the tiny Christian minority, it said.

Written By: Tom Heneghan
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15 COMMENTS

  1. Ah the religion of peace attacks the religion from which it plagiarised most of it s nonsense. That’s progress in religious terms.

    Amazing how these abrahamic religions are so peaceful they are bigger threats to each other than anyone else.

  2. WAAAHHHHH WAHHHHHHH WAHHHHHH…..

    So they dump on homosexuals all day, every day, and they have the audacity to cry when they are “looked down upon” in countries where other religions are dominant????

    Stop shitting on people and then whining when you get shit on.

    Maybe if they actually processed how absolutely stupid their stances are, I could generate one iota of concern about how bad they have it.

  3. In reply to #2 by Sue Blue:

    Note that, contrary to the shrieking claims of Christian fundamentalists in the US, none of these downtrodden Middle Eastern or African Christians are being persecuted by atheists.

    North Koreans are though.

  4. No! North Koreans have their own crazy too and it ain’t atheism it’s the state.

    What are you imagining? Atheists hanging about the doors of underground churches waiting to mock vulnerable christians for their pathetic and silly beliefs? Oooh the persecution, even if it were true it would amount to no more than clever piss taking unlike the real problems these people actually have living with an totalitarian government.

    In reply to #5 by Mark123:

    In reply to #2 by Sue Blue:

    Note that, contrary to the shrieking claims of Christian fundamentalists in the US, none of these downtrodden Middle Eastern or African Christians are being persecuted by atheists.

    North Koreans are though.

  5. I suggested this article to make a few points, and I’m glad to see everybody picking up on this.

    a) Most, if not all, persecution of Christians is out of religious motivations. North-Korea is an exception, but certainly atheism isn’t at fault there.
    b) Persecution of Christians in the USA and Europe is virtually non-existent. Despite the cries of ‘oppressive secularism’ and ‘intolerant agnosticism’ (<– fantastic oxymorons btw).

  6. In reply to #6 by alaskansee:

    No! North Koreans have their own crazy too and it ain’t atheism it’s the state.What are you imagining? Atheists hanging about the doors of underground churches waiting to mock vulnerable christians for their pathetic and silly beliefs? Oooh the persecution, even if it were true it would amount to no more than clever piss taking unlike the real problems these people actually have living with an totalitarian government.In reply to #5 by Mark123:In reply to #2 by Sue Blue:Note that, contrary to the shrieking claims of Christian fundamentalists in the US, none of these downtrodden Middle Eastern or African Christians are being persecuted by atheists.North Koreans are though.

    Well firstly it is on the list of countries where christians are being persecuted by the state and it specifically claims to be an atheist state where they’ve decided silly beliefs are one of the many things that are against the law! Hence the christians are being persecuted for their silly beliefs by atheists. I’m not sure totalitarian govts, atheist or otherwise, use light piss taking as a means of torture when they go out for a good persecute do you?

    Secondly would you rather ascribe to crookedshoes views that murder, torture and imprisonment amount to just being ‘looked down on’ and therefore are suitable punishments for holding silly or even vile beliefs? Particularly for people who haven’t had the real luxury we enjoy of being raised in a 21st century, secular, rational society with access to education and an free press?

    How many ex christians are here thanks to that luxury? Would you rather they’d been shot or imprisoned for their earlier silly beliefs or are we working on a different definition of persecution and a different sort of North Korea?

    Thirdly one look at a lot of the other Islamic regimes where this persecution is occurring might suggest that in those countries the christians are actually the liberals. Things are relative after all.

    I can’t say I’m fond of christianity and I can’t stand it when christians in secular countries bleat about persecution for not being allowed to discriminate against gay people or women or whatever, but I thought atheism would aspire to something better than not condemning outright genuine persecution wherever it occurs and whomever it is aimed at.

  7. “Including…reprisals by traditional Christians against new Protestant movements.”
    So, you see this as the persecution OF Christians? It’s also persecution BY Christians.

    In other news: ‘Religions don’t accept each other’s beliefs.’

  8. In reply to #5 by Mark123:

    In reply to #2 by Sue Blue:

    Note that, contrary to the shrieking claims of Christian fundamentalists in the US, none of these downtrodden Middle Eastern or African Christians are being persecuted by atheists.

    North Koreans are though.

    I suggest you read The Impossible State by Victor Cha.

  9. In reply to #5 by Mark123:

    In reply to #2 by Sue Blue:

    Note that, contrary to the shrieking claims of Christian fundamentalists in the US, none of these downtrodden Middle Eastern or African Christians are being persecuted by atheists.

    North Koreans are though.

    It depends on whether you consider Juche to be a religion or not…

    Juche Article On Wikipedia

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