According to the study by the think tank Civitas (civitas.org.uk/press/prChristianophobia.htm), “Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group.”
A key factor in the growing discrimination against Christianity throughout Africa, Asia and the
Perhaps most harsh is that converts from Islam are subject to execution in
According the study, entitled Christianophobia by Rupert Shortt, repressive regimes fear Christianity as a “’Western creed’ which can be used to undermine them.”
The situation has become so rampant that “there is now a risk that Christianity will disappear from its ‘biblical heartland’,” says the report.
Shortt points out that 20 per cent of the population of the
Most of the Christian oppression is emerging in countries where Islam dominates. During the 20th century the study estimates that half to two-thirds of Christians have either fled the region or been killed.
With a rapidly increasing Muslim population in several European countries, combined with dwindling attendance at religious services across the Continent, Islamic influence is gradually creeping into the fabric of European culture. The problem is also growing in the
As author Mark Steyn writes in America Alone, “One reason why the developed world has a difficult job grappling with the Islamist threat is that it doesn’t take religion seriously. It condescends to it. In Europe’s wholly secularized environment, the enduring religiosity of
History shows that when Islam gains a dominant position in a location, Sharia law is not far behind, and this is becoming a major concern in some places in
Shortt’s report claims there has been a steady rise in violence against Christians in the first decade of the 21st century. Part of that increase seems to be the result of the invasion of
Shortt notes that one reason for the reaction against Christians by Islamic fundamentalists is that they are “seen as stormtroopers of the degenerate culture of Europe and the
Continuing his report, Shortt states, “No matter that the Christians of these countries would probably be nearly as ill at ease in the secular West as their Muslim counterparts. Fundamentalists don’t let the facts get in the way of their prejudice.”
Some Muslims fear they will be defiled for having physical contact with a non-Muslim, especially an apostate, because they are impure. Little wonder that many of the attacks on Christians take place in regions where there is high unemployment, ethnic tension and tribal differences. The basic core of Islam has always been rooted in such an environment.
Mark Steyn believes much of the problem lies in declining Western populations and growing Muslim populations. As those numbers become increasingly skewed and religious ratios change, so too does the ability to maintain traditional cultural mores.
Steyn poses the question, “What if the problem is not that the Muslims in the West are unfamiliar with the customs of their new land but rather that they are all too familiar with them – and explicitly reject them?”
What if? Are we indeed yielding our values to Islamic fundamentalism because we are too blind to see what is happening?
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