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December 24, 2012

Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East because of Muslim persecution ignored by media and politicians for fear of 'racism' charges

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120916burnchurch-340x170.jpgThis story vividly illustrates the high cost of the "Islamophobia" shell game: politicians and media are afraid to speak out against Muslim persecution of Christians for fear of being somehow (in their own minds) defamed as "racist." And so Christians and Jews continue to suffer and die, with no one to speak for them (hat tip - Robert Spencer).

Edward Malnick in the Telegraph - "Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East," December 23:

Christianity faces being wiped out of the "biblical heartlands" in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.

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."

"A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers."

It cites estimates that 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are "socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs."

[...] The "lion's share" of persecution faced by Christians arises in countries where Islam is the dominant faith, the report says, quoting estimates that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left the region or been killed in the past century.

"There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands," it claims.

The report shows that "Muslim-majority" states make up 12 of the 20 countries judged to be "unfree" on the grounds of religious tolerance by Freedom House, the human rights think tank. ...

Read the whole thing here.

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Posted by Richard at December 24, 2012 10:00 AM



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