According to Fox News World, people who profess to be Christians are the most persecuted on planet Earth for the second year running.
FNW says that the upcoming report from the Center for Studies on New Religions determined that 90,000 Christians were killed for their beliefs worldwide last year and an additional 600 million were prevented from practicing their faith.
Ryan Mauro, national security analyst for the Clarion Project, told FoxNews.com:
“U.S. policy has not had a strategy for specifically addressing the persecution of Christians. For example, very few people are even aware that Iraqi Christians began organizing to defend themselves and needed our help.”
The situation is most dire in the Middle East, however FNW reports that Christianity is also under assault in Africa and Asia too.
Robert Nicholson of the Philos Project summed things up quite well:
“These numbers underscore what we already know. There are many places on earth where being a Christian is the most dangerous thing you can be.”
“Those who think of Christianity as a religion of the powerful need to see that in many places, it’s a religion of the powerless. And the powerless deserve to be protected.”
On the surface, Christianity seems to be dwindling. However, for the practicing Christian, take heart.
FNW concluded with a statement by Ryan Mauro:
“The persecution of Christians has failed to suppress the faith. On the contrary, Christianity appears to be rapidly growing beneath the surface.”
According to FNW, the full report from the Center for Studies on New Religions is expected to be released in February.
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