Christian persecution at record levels
The headline at The Clarion Project reads: “Christian Persecution in 2015 at ‘Levels Akin to Ethnic Cleansing.’” The sub-heading notes that 2015 was “the most violent year in modern history for Christians.” It takes one’s breath away to see the blunt truth summed up like that. And the world is turning a blind eye.
In 2015, more than 7,000 Christians were killed because of their faith (twice as many as the year before). And the estimate is conservative because it excludes places where there is ongoing persecution but where accurate records don’t exist (such as in North Korea, Syria, and Iraq). In addition, last year 2,400 Christian churches were attacked or damaged (more than double from 2014).
Islamic supremacy remains the most virulent ideology that drives persecution. Countries singled out for being particularly risky for Christians were North Korea, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, and India (due to hardline Hindu nationalists).
The Middle East, as we are well aware, has become an increasingly dangerous place for Christians as the Islamic State sweeps across the region, massacring Christians, enslaving them, raping Christian women, destroying ancient Christian buildings and artifacts, and spurring a mass exodus of Christians fleeing the region. There is also a constant “low-level” persecution as Christians are driven out of their communities, denied jobs, denied an education, and/or refused burials.
As the caliphate expands, there are two central hubs: one in the Middle East and the other in sub-Sahara Africa. Though both regions are threatening to Christians, the Middle East poses the gravest threat. The Islamic State is in Syria, Iraq, and now Libya, while Muslims across the Middle East become more devout. Meanwhile, Boko Haram has moved into Cameroon and Chad, Al-Shabaab is in Kenya, and smaller terror organizations continue to pledge themselves to the Islamic State and the vision of the caliphate.
Lawlessness contributes to the risk level for Christians, who face untold suffering in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, where migrant Christians from Sudan, Egypt, and Eritrea have been brutally executed. Meanwhile, Saudi-led forces in Yemen have made life for the few Christians remaining even more dangerous. Pakistani Christians are fleeing as well, heading to countries in Southeast Asia.
In Central Asia, governments are tightening controls where, under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism, they’ve increased surveillance of the church, while in Myanmar, the state punishes those who convert from Buddhism to Christianity.
Christians are on the move around the globe, running for their lives, taking enormous risks as they cross deserts and hope they don’t fall victim to trafficking gangs. The journey is long and filled with danger. And even after they arrive at refugee camps, they continue to face threats and attacks by Muslims. At the same time, though not comparable to the barbarism Christians are facing around the world, the climate in the West is increasingly hostile to them – a climate so sick that the United States has essentially closed its doors to Christians fleeing the growing caliphate.
We are living in perilous times. As Christianity is replaced with Islam (as well as godlessness in the West), Western culture will collapse. The process has already started. It is a time to pray, a time to act, and a time to be unified against the forces of evil.
Hat tip: Counter Jihad Report