Global Persecution Of Christians Is On The Rise
Global Persecution Of Christians Is On The Rise Authored by Kelli Ballard via LibertyNation.com,
We can wag our finger at other countries’ trampling religious rights, but we share in the guilt.
Seven Christian families were forced to flee their village in India under threat of forced conversion to Hinduism. For refusing, they would have been subject to bodily harm or even worse. Unfortunately, this is not news anymore. In a world where tolerance is not only encouraged, it is demanded, people nevertheless are being threatened and even murdered for following Jesus.
Last month, at least seven families had to escape their homes in Masiya Mahuwatoli village in the Jharkhand state of India after harassment and threats from the local fundamentalist group Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM). On June 12, the HJM made a list of the Christian families residing in the village and confronted them, telling them they had to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism. If the Christians did not recant, they would be excommunicated, prohibited from using the village road, deprived of their land, excluded from government rations, and prevented access to communal water.
Several families fled, including a pregnant woman, but the HJM did not stop there. On June 14, about 22 HJM members entered a home and dragged a man and his widowed mother to the street. Taken to the temple, they refused to renounce their Christian faith. As punishment, their Bibles were burned, and a conversion ceremony was carried out. That same evening, the group damaged the home of Mangra Munda, who said they told him they were going to kill him; fortunately, he managed to escape. Of the 47 Christians residing in the village, 37 fled to seek refuge in other villages.
The War On Christians
It’s a sad and scary fact that the war against Christians is getting worse, not better. Open Doors released its 2019 World Watch List on global persecution with this terrifying observation: “Persecution is increasing at an alarming rate.” In fact, according to the study, “each day, a staggering 11 Christians are killed for their faith in the top 50 countries ranked on the World Watch List.”
North Korea remains the No. 1 worst country for Christians, with Afghanistan coming in at second. Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, and India round out the top 10 of the Watch List’s top 50 countries.
Here are some other disturbing monthly statistics:
- 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons.
- 105 churches and Christian buildings are burned or attacked.
- 219 Christians are detained without trial, arrested, sentenced, and imprisoned.
The recording period for the 2019 World Watch List shows some other staggering figures for Christians in the top 50 countries for persecution and the most dangerous to be a Christian.
- 1 in 9 Christians experience high levels of persecution worldwide.
- 4,136 were killed for faith-related reasons – 11 per day.
- 1,266 Churches or Christian buildings were attacked.
- 2,625 Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced, and imprisoned.
Christian Women: The Worst Persecuted
Despite women’s liberation, the #MeToo movement, and the left’s loud proclamation of equality for all, it seems that women still face an upward battle for basic rights, including freedom to practice their religion of choice. Instead of gaining equal rights and staking a position among the other genders and minority groups, women are being marginalized in their own sports pursuits and persecuted for their faith