The World’s Most Persecuted Religion

During the Christmas season I usually take some time to reflect on the persecution Christians suffer around the world. Of course, Christianity has been for many years and remains the world’s most persecuted religion. For the American media, this story permanently resides in the “nothing to see here” category, but international organizations and the foreign press do occasionally report on it.

PersecutionOfChristiansSee, for example, this recent study by the British organization Civitas. The author, Rupert Shortt, states what should be obvious to everyone when he notes that the lack of media reporting and political action on the persecution of Christians around the world indicates a “questionable hierarchy of victimhood.” In particular, Shortt argues that a confused understanding of racism leads opinion-formers to avoid any criticism of Muslims, whose persecution of Christianity has brought it “close to extinction” in the Middle East.

Fortunately, the Telegraph picked up the story, which is now receiving some attention on prominent blogs.

If you are a Christian, please pray for the persecuted church around the world. If you are not a Christian, but you appreciate individual freedom, I encourage you to read this essay by Paul Craig Roberts.

Shortt’s study is a condensation of material from his recent book Christianophobia, by the way. I think I’m going to add it to my reading list.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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2 Responses to The World’s Most Persecuted Religion

  1. S. Jarrett says:

    I beg to differ with you. I believe Judaism has been historically and still currently is the most persecuted religion. That includes 2 millenia of persecution of Jews by Christians.

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