Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East

Telegraph: The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group.

And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”.

It warns that converts from Islam face being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran and risk severe legal penalties in other countries across the Middle East.

The report, by the think tank Civitas, says: “It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree.

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  1. As so common these days this report is rather one-sided. In Jordan for instance the Christian community is still doing well, with several new churches being built even just in 2012. (Syrian Orthodox Cathedral being just one of them). But of course, yes, in Syria and Iraq they are suffering and especially in Syria there is no end in sight.

    However, we have to ask another question here: Why is there so much lack of support from the Western Christians for instance for the Palestinian Christians (who suffer together with the Muslims from the occupation). The only reason I can think of is that even during the days of the Crusades the Western Christians did not have much feeling for the local Arab Christians and often slaughtered them together with the Muslims, when they had ‘the upper hand’.

    (‘Western Christians’ will not admit this, nor even consciously realize it, but I am fairly convinced that this is one of the reasons).

  2. You have a valid point here and I’d like to add that after fall of papacy influence, Western Christian nations only used Christianity to consolidate heir political and geographical control over colonies and during latest days, they only interfere or cry for religious freedom where they seek monetary or strategical interest e.g. China, Iran etc but keep quiet on Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Indonesia

  3. It is true. The Crusaders, in the past, were killing the Palestinian Christians too.

    Whatever the past, nobody should now kill the Christians in any country. They are loving people. Their churches should be protected at all costs.
    Similarly, all churches, mosques, synagogues and Hindu temples (Mandirs) should be protected. There is no excuse to damage or demolish any place of worship. That is the true teaching of Islam. Muslims need to learn that important lesson. i.e. not to disturb any peaceful preacher or place of worship.

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