Christianity ‘Close To Extinction’ In Middle East

How long before religion in general is close to extinction, disinfonauts? From the Telegraph:

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.”

“Exposing and combating the problem ought in my view to be political priorities across large areas of the world. That this is not the case tells us much about a questionable hierarchy of victimhood,” says the author, Rupert Shortt, a journalist and visiting fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

He adds: “The blind spot displayed by governments and other influential players is causing them to squander a broader opportunity. Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.”

The report, entitled Christianophobia, highlights a fear among oppressive regimes that Christianity is a “Western creed” which can be used to undermine them…

[continues in the Telegraph]


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12 Comments on "Christianity ‘Close To Extinction’ In Middle East"

  1. “how long before religion in genreal is close to extinction” – as your article points out, Christianity is threatened by another religion, not by the lack of religion. Christians are definitely persecuted across the ‘muslim world’ – but atheists are pesecuted at least as much. Go to many middle eastern countries and you will still find some Christians, even if the numbers are declining. You will not find atheists. This is because, in many Middle Eastern countries, atheism is basically a crime (coming under blasphemy or other such laws).

  2. Tchoutoye | Dec 25, 2012 at 11:30 am |

    Typical BS article from The Torygraph. If you need to refer to extreme countries like Saudi Arabia (where Christianity was never large to begin with) to make your case that Christianity is being “wiped out” on a large scale, then you’re clutching at straws.

    The biggest threat to Christianity in the Middle East is the result of the wars that the US and its allies are waging against countries with secular regimes, first in Iraq and Libya, and now by proxy in Syria, where 2 million Christians are threatened by violent oppression after Assad is gone. The problem, then, stems not from a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism” as the article claims, but that it contravenes the military agenda of Washington to get rid of independent regimes in these countries.

    There are a few other countries (Pakistan, Egypt) where the treatment of Christians is a cause for concern, but these abuses are more incidental, instigated by a few fanatics. Perhaps the only place where the mistreatment of Christians is systematic, large scale and part of deliberate state policy is in the Palestinian territories, by Israel.

    Globally speaking, Christianity is in rude health. It’s as strong as ever in the former Eastern block countries, which only a few decades ago were officially atheist. China has the largest amount of Christians in the world after the US and Brazil, and there’s potential for a lot more growth in that country.

    • kowalityjesus | Dec 26, 2012 at 12:16 am |

      daum sucka, you right. The label of hypocrite is a powerful weapon, especially when you are already a contrarian. Ron Paul made a mockery of this psychotically retarded war policy and was jeered out of town. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world. eph 6:12

  3. It’s biased, born-again finger-waggling by the highly conservative Telegraph, which, incidentally, is designed to promote a new book called “Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack” by Ruoert Shortt.

    Apparently, he has realized that you can make a lot of money writing books targeting Islam, Who knew?! Kind of late the party, though…

  4. I am not sure if we will ever be completely rid of this thought virus.

  5. Do you guys hear that?

    It’s me playing the worlds smallest violin in sympathy for them.

  6. Hadrian999 | Dec 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    funny some people get annoyed by constant “witnessing” and getting told they need to repent or burn forever.

  7. Nearly all Christians in the Middle East/Eastern Africa/Asia are Eastern or Oriental Orthodox. I can tell from the comments that most people here believe that Christianity==Western Protestantism. I also think that US Protestants believe this when they hear of persecuted Christians overseas, despite having experienced no such oppression of their sects. This results in the ugliest and most distinctly Western beliefs being attributed to a group that rejects them.

  8. All I can say about this conclusion is, “Well, duh!” Xtianity is now the largest religion in the world. If it can claim to be the most persecuted, it can also claim to be the one doing the most persecution.

  9. Outre Man | Dec 26, 2012 at 1:25 am |

    One more good reason to give up those ancient superstitions: your life. Why die for an imaginary friend?

  10. Not that I want to support any kind of persecution of any person for any religion…

    …but Christianaphobia is entirely justfied. Much of evangelical outreach is predicated directly on the acquisition of new members from other faiths…replacing their original values and customs with largely Americanized sensibilities…not all of which are good. Likewise the US has in recent years attached Christian doctrine to international aid…making cash available with Christian-centric strings attached. If that kind of crass hunger for influence is the impression people have of Christianity…theres a reason for it…and it cant only be dealt with by ‘pushing for religious tolerance’ from others…it starts with pushing for religious tolerance…from Christians.

  11. ihave noname | Oct 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm |

    christians are causing this. they should be over there to get them freedom of speech, religion, and women’s rights. thats not why we are there. nor oil. christians want to control that area. the muslims know it too. “And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.” good, they literally burn them esp. in africa. look it up. unless they censured that too. they run/ruin our government. they are the new world order/ lemonatity!
    also known as the all seeing eye of “god.”

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