Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The real persecuted religion

An article in The Times points out that muslims have it easy compared to Christians when it comes to persecution.

Though horrifying, the carnage in Iraq is dwarfed by that of Sudan, where the Islamic Government has been responsible for killing two million Christian and other non-Muslim civilians since 1989.

The reason we hear so little about religious oppression in the Muslim world is straightforward: young Christians in the West don’t become “radicalised”, and persecuted Christians tend not to respond with violence.

Christians are the most persecuted religious group on the planet. Muslims in the UK moan about being "persecuted" because they can't wear face masks, but Christians in Islamic countries - even so-called moderate ones like Turkey - regularly face intimidation, violence and even death just for being Christian.

In many Muslim countries it is virtually impossible for Christians to build or even repair churches - here we give them money to build their mosques and even demolish a Christian church to make way for their mega-mosque.

In many Muslim countries it is impossible for Christians to preach their faith to non-Christians without facing violence or even death. In Britain, we encourage Muslims to preach their faith and convert non-muslims. We'll even give them air time on TV to enable them to reach as wide an audience as possible.

But persecuted Christians don't go around blowing themselves and hundreds of victims to pieces on trains.

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