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Worldwide persecution of Christians

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Guarantees of religious freedom throughout the world:

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 1966-DEC-16.

Article 18 of the Covenant states:

1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his [sic] choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his [sic] choice.

3. Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

4. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.

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Religious persecution and harassment within in the U.S.:

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In the U.S., attacks by the counter-cult movement, anti-cult movement, neo-Nazi groups, antisemitic groups etc. continue to victimize Jews and followers of other small faith groups like Wiccans and other Neopagans. The rapid drop in public support of counter-cult and anti-cult groups lessened this persecution greatly during the 1990s. However, the overall number of hate groups in the U.S. increased

There is currently much concern by religious conservatives about restrictions on their religious freedom and liberty. However, in the vast majority of cases, it refers to the religious freedom of religious conservatives to denigrate, oppress and reduce the civil liberties of women and minorities -- particularly sexual minorities.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case Obergefell v. Hodges to legalize same-sex marriage in mid 2015 in the District of Columbia, all 50 states, and 5 out of 6 territories. American Samoa was excluded because many High Court rulings are not followed in that territory. Very quickly, much of the opposition by religious conservatives switched to transgender persons.

None of us is truly free if someone, somewhere is being persecuted.

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Books on the topic of persecution of Christians:

  • Luke Goodrich, "Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America," Multnomah (2019). Available in Kindle, Audiobook and Hardcover formats.

Selected as a 2019 Book of the Year by the Gospel Coalition and WORLD Magazine.

  • Book cover image Raymond Ibrahim, "Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians," Regnery Publishing, (2013). Available in Kindle and Hardcover formats.

Amazon.com review: "Raymond Ibrahim documents the persecution of Christians that is commonplace in Muslim countries; explains why the mainstream media has been so quiet on the topic; and argues powerfully for greater exposure and international outcry for this crisis. Raymond Ibrahim combines a thorough knowledge of the languages and texts of Islam with up-to-the-minute reports on recent incidences of persecution in a powerful account of a tragedy the mainstream media has largely chosen to ignore."

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  • book cover image Paul Marshall, et al, "Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians," Thomas Nelson, 2013, Thomas Nelson, (2013). Available in Kindle and Paperback formats.

Amazon.com review: Many Americans do not understand that Christians today are victims in many parts of the world. Even many Western Christians, who worship and pray without fear of violent repercussions, are unaware that so many followers of Christ live under governments and among people who are often openly hostile to their faith. They think martyrdom became a rarity long ago.

Persecuted soundly refutes these assumptions. This book offers a glimpse at the modern-day life of Christians worldwide, recounting the ongoing attacks that rarely make international headlines.

As Western Christians pray for the future of Christ’s church, it is vital that they understand a large part of the world’s Christian believers live in danger. Persecuted gives documented accounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. It contains vivid stories of men and women who suffer abuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and tells of their perseverance and courage.

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  • Arvind Sharma, "Religous Tolerance: A History," HarperCollins India, (2019). Available in Kindle and Hardcover formats.

Amazon.com review: Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided. Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In [this book] ... Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts.

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  • book cover image Robert Spencer, "Muslim persecution of Christians," David Horowitz Freedom Center, (2011). An inexpensive, short book, 27 pages in length.

Amazon.com review: The popular image of the Crusades is of Christian warriors terrorizing and subjugating non-Christians. In the eyes of many radical Muslims and their Western allies, these Crusades are still going on in the new form of American “imperialism.” Muslim Persecution of Christians documents the falsification of history that justifies this view. It also describe the real “crusade” now taking place – the religious cleansing of Christians in Muslim lands. This persecution has dramatically increased worldwide in the last decade and is now worse than ever. From Egypt to Nigeria, from Iraq to Pakistan, Christians in majority-Muslim countries face a grimmer present and a more uncertain future than ever, as Islamic Jihadists step up their efforts of Islamize them or drive them out of their lands – or kill them outright.

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Related essay on this web site:

bullet Response by the American public to persecutions of Christians 

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Persecution report from across the Middle East," International Christian Concern, 2013-DEC-17, at: http://www.persecution.org/
  2. Ken Starr, "No tolerance without Christianity," USA Today, 2013-DEC-16, at: http://www.usatoday.com
  3. John McManus, "Christians persecuted by Islamists, says Prince Charles," BBC News, 2013-DEC-18, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
  4. "International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," United Nations, at: https://www.ohchr.org/
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Copyright 2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2020-FEB-02
Author: B.A. Robinson

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