IN THE WORLD, AS PERCEIVED BY AMERICANS
Christian Freedom International poll:
Christian Freedom International is an agency located in Washington DC.
It is an interdenominational, conservative Christian, human rights organization
which helps persecuted Christians around the world. Persecuted non-Christians
are outside their mandate.
They commissioned a U.S. national poll to determine public awareness of
persecutions of Christians in the world. Results were:
Awareness: 81.4% are somewhat or very aware of persecution of Christians
Lack of awareness: 17.6% are somewhat or very unaware of such persecution
Location of persecution: China was most commonly mentioned for its persecution of its
Christian citizens. Less commonly listed were (in order of decreasing
numbers of responses): Africa, Russia, Iran, Israel, India, Cuba,
Bosnia, Ireland and the Middle East. 26% mentioned countries in the Middle East as the source of most
persecution. Only 2% mention countries in North America.
Who should combat persecution? When given a list of groups that might help persecuted Christians,
the poll subjects chose:
United Nations: 30.3%
Christians in free countries: 23.8%
International governmental organizations: 10.4%
Not sure: 13.4%
Priority: When asked about the importance that the U.S.
President and Congress should assign to persecuted Christians, 13.8%
responded that it should be their top priority; 12.6 rated it second
priority; 27.4% third, 17.9 fourth and 20.3% fifth. 7.9% were unsure.
Independents and Republicans gave religious persecution a higher
priority than Democrats.
Comments on the poll results:
Although most Americans are aware that Christians are being persecuted,
few seem to feel a personal responsibility to combat it.
Bosnia is perceived as one of the countries where anti-Christian
persecution occurrs. Yet mass crimes against humanity were perpetrated by
both Christians and Muslims against each other. In fact, the most serious
sustained oppression and genocide appeared to be by Christians who
Northern Ireland is also seen as a country which oppressed Christians. Yet
almost the entire population are either Protestant or Roman Catholic