The Elephant in the ‘Christian Persecution’ Room 

pic_giant_122413_SM_Persecution-at-ChristmastimeOpen Doors USA recently released its widely cited 2014 World Watch List—a report that highlights and ranks the 50 worst nations around the globe persecuting Christians.

The one glaring fact that emerges from this report is that the overwhelming majority of Christian persecution around the world today is being committed at the hands of Muslims of all races, languages, cultures, and socio-political circumstances: Muslims from among America’s allies (Saudi Arabia) and its enemies (Iran); Muslims from economically rich nations (Qatar) and from poor nations (Somalia and Yemen); Muslims from “Islamic republic” nations (Afghanistan) and from “moderate” nations (Malaysia and Indonesia); Muslims from nations rescued by America (Kuwait) and Muslims claiming “grievances” against America (fill in the blank __).

A common denominator, a pattern, exists, one that is even more extensive than Open Doors implies. According to that organization’s communications director, Emily Fuentes, “of the 50 worst nations for persecution, 37 of them are Muslim,” or 74%.

In fact, while this number suggests that the other 13 countries making the top 50 are not Muslim—for example Kenya and Ethiopia—those doing the persecution there are.

In other words, those persecuting Christians in 41 of 50 nations are Muslims; that is, a whopping 82% of all persecution around the globe is being committed by the adherents of Islam—sometimes in Christian majority nations; for example, the Central African Republic which, after the 2013 Islamic takeover, now ranks #16, “severe persecution” (the Christian-majority nation did not even appear in the previous year’s top 50).

As for the top ten absolute worst nations, where, according to the 2014 World Watch List, Christians suffer “extreme persecution,” nine—that is, 90%—are Muslim.  (Indeed, Open Doors’ global map of Christian persecution can easily be confused with a global map of the Islamic world, with the exception of China (ranked 37, “moderate persecution”) and some sporadic countries dominated by crime and godless tyranny (Columbia, North Korea, etc.)

Similarly, a recent Morning Star News report listing 2013’s ten most horrific anecdotes of Christian persecution around the world finds that nine out of ten—again, 90%—were committed at the hands of those professing Islam.

Still, considering that the 2014 World Watch List ranks North Korea—non-Islamic, communist—as the number one worst persecutor of Christians, why belabor the religious identity of Muslims?

Here we come to some critically important but blurred distinctions.   While Christians are indeed suffering extreme persecution in North Korea, these fall into the realm of the temporal, the aberrant, even.  Something as simple as overthrowing the North Korean regime would likely end persecution there almost overnight—just as the fall of Communist Soviet Union saw religious persecution come to a quick close.

In the Islamic world, however, a similar scenario would not alleviate the sufferings of Christians by an iota.  Quite the opposite; where dictators fall—Saddam in Iraq, Mubarak in Egypt, Qaddafi in Libya, and ongoing attempts to oust Assad in Syria—Christian persecution rises.

The reason for this dichotomy is that Christian persecution by non-Muslims (mostly communists) is often rooted to a temporal regime or ideology.  Conversely, Muslim persecution of Christians is perennial, existential, and far transcends this or that regime or ruler.  It is part and parcel of the history, doctrines, and socio-political makeup of Islam—hence its tenacity; hence its ubiquity.

Still, the significance of all this is often overlooked.  Thus, “Dr. David Curry, CEO and president of Open Doors USA, told The Blaze ‘Not every circumstance is the same. For example, in North Korea, you have a quasi-Stalinist government that is the most difficult place to call yourself a Christian on the planet — and has been for the last 12 years,’ he noted.  But while North Korea’s government is the real culprit, in places like Iraq, ‘roving extremist groups’ are waging attacks against Christians, while government officials are seemingly powerless to stop the carnage, he explained.”

True; but atheistic Stalinism/communism is a relatively new phenomenon—about a century old—and, over the years, its rule (if not variants of its ideology) has greatly waned, so that only a handful of nations today are communist.

On the other hand, “roving extremist groups” (also known in other contexts and countries as “Islamists,” “terrorists,” “mujahidin,” “mobs,” “radicals,” “people-with-grievances,” etc.) attacking and killing “infidel” Christians have been around since the dawn of Islam.  It is a well-documented, even if suppressed, history.

To further understand the differences between temporal and existential persecution, consider: Russia, once a staunch Orthodox Christian nation, led the communist movement and persecuted its own Christians; yet today, a century later, it is becoming more orthodox again, prominent among Western nations for showing support for persecuted Christians.

North Korea—where its leader, Kim Jong-Un, is worshipped as a god and the people are shielded from reality, including outside their borders—seems to be experiencing what Russia did under the Soviet Union and thus living in a delusional state.

But if the once mighty USSR could not persevere, surely it’s a matter of time before tiny North Korea’s walls also come crumbling down, with the resulting religious freedom that former communist nations have experienced. (Tellingly, the only countries that were part of the USSR that still persecute Christians are Muslim, such as Uzbekistan, ranked #15, “severe persecution,” and Turkmenistan, ranked #20, also “severe persecution.”)

Time, however, is not on the side of Christians living amid Muslims; quite the opposite. Since the 7th century, when Islam came into being, Muslims have been invading and conquering Christian lands, so that more than half of the territory that was once Christian in the 7th century—including all of North Africa and the Levant—are today the heart of the “Muslim world.”

Muslim persecution of Christians exists in 41 nations today as part of a continuum that started nearly 14 centuries ago.  As I document in Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, the very same patterns of Christian persecution prevalent throughout the Muslim world today are often identical to those from centuries past.  The facts speak for themselves.

A final consideration: North Korea, the one non-Muslim nation making the top ten worst persecutors list, is governed by what is widely seen as an unbalanced megalomaniac (hence the “aberrant” persecution); conversely, the other nine nations are not dominated by any “cults-of-personalities” and are ruled under a variety of governance, including parliamentarian democracies (Iraq), republics (Maldives, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen), Islamic republics (Afghanistan, Iran),  and monarchies (Saudi Arabia).

The common denominator is that they are all Islamic nations.

Thus, long after North Korea’s psychotic Kim Jong-Un has gone the way of the dodo, Islam will still be here and—short of a miraculous “reformation”—still treating Christians and other “infidels” like it did for centuries.

Confronting this understandably discomforting and better-left-unsaid fact is the first real step to alleviating the sufferings of the overwhelming majority of Christians around the world.

Unfortunately, however, while some are willing to point out that Christians are being persecuted around the Muslim world—why that is the case, why 82% of the world’s persecution is committed by Muslims from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances—is the great elephant in the room that few wish to address.  For doing so would cause some long held and cherished premises of the modern West to come crashing down.

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  • RJR Fan

    At the end of WW II, Douglas MacArthur asked America for thousands of Christian missionaries, and got engineers instead, such as C. Edwards Deming, guru for quality. Today, Japan is one of the most materialistic cultures on earth. At the end of the Soviet era, Christians were a little better prepared, and arrived at about the same time as the pornographers.

    Islam relies upon information blockades to survive and, today, cowers behind a dissolving firewall. Some event or trend that we cannot predict could eliminate this religion’s credibility overnight. Suddenly, a billion of our neighbors will be asking us, “What do we do, now?” I pray we’ll be ready for that moment of opportunity.

    • Texas Patriot

      I appreciate those comments. I’ve always regarded Muslims as the biggest victims of Islam, and it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the warrior religion of Islam is abandoned altogether by the end of the 21st Century. In the meantime, democratic nations committed to the principles o freedom of speech, freedom of religion, human dignity, equal rights, and constitutional democracy must prepare for grim days ahead. It is likely to get much worse before it gets better.

      • defcon 4

        Yeah the people slaughtering, murdering and persecuting everyone non-muslim throughout the islamic world are the victims. They’re no more “victims” than the naz!s were. Get bent.

      • Deep Saffron.

        Islam is not a warrior is a savage religion. There is difference a warrior who fights and a savage who kills.

        • Texas Patriot

          Do some research about warrior cults, and I think you may reach a different conclusion. Warrior theology is all about “us” against “them” with the myopic needs of the tribe being the ultimate value and concern, justifying all manner of violence and destruction against enemies. It’s an old story, history is full of it, and it’s always “red in tooth and claw”. In that context, one man’s savage is another man’s hero.

          Christianity turns all that around by mandating forgiveness and prayer for enemies. You won’t find that in any warrior cult. Here’s a bit of verse you might find interesting:

          “Who trusted God was love indeed
          And love Creation’s final law
          Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
          With ravine, shriek’d against his creed”

          Alfred Lord Tennyson’s In Memoriam A. H. H., 1850. The quotation comes in Canto 56 (it is a very long poem) and refers to man.

          • Drakken

            Anything and everyone Islamic is a bloody savage and the only way you deal with a savages cult like islam is with extreme expediency.

          • Stephen Ede

            As opposed to a civilised person like you. :-)

  • Texas Patriot

    Great work as usual, Mr. Ibrahim. Keep connecting the dots. Truth will eventually prevail.

  • Richard_L_Kent

    Your argument would be far stronger if you weighted the results by population, not by sheer ‘number’ of small Islamic states such as those on the Gulf coast of the Arabian peninsula.

    • defcon 4

      I see your point, after all, Christians are being persecuted by muslo-nazis right here in the USA, in Dearbornistan, Michigan.

      • Richard_L_Kent

        Unfortunately for you, Defcon, I live in the Detroit area and have many immigration clients from Dearborn, and what you say is a stinking pile of horsedung. Have a nice day.

  • Ann

    In reading about the persecution of Christians I’ve noticed 3 different kinds of responses especially where these reports appear in secular publications.

    1) All faiths have their extremists. After all, Christians in America bomb abortion clinics. I actually saw this comment on Facebook recently in response to an article about persecution I posted.

    2) Christians have brought this persecution upon their fellow believers for exporting Christianity into places where it’s outlawed and for America’s past sins of propping up dictators. The Islamic world is just striking back at us westerners for the humiliation that we have caused them because of American imperialism. In a BBC article I found a while back the author actually said that he was amazed at the number of people in England who were ignorant of the basic history of Christianity.

    3) The Christian religion has always been the major persecutor of other groups. The examples given are usually the Holocaust. Since it took place in the west then Hitler must’ve been a Christian, right? And the other example is the Iraq War. The war was pushed by those evil fundamentalist Christians who were hungry for war. Huff Po recently published an article on the Open Doors’ report. One woman in the comments section said that because Christians have always done the persecuting she wasn’t going to shed any tears for the Christians in the ME. It’s payback time, so boo-hoo, too bad for them.

    I usually make a little bet with myself about the comments section of articles on persecution. I always win. However, my other half never pays up.

  • newsel

    The Elephant in the ‘Christian Persecution’ Room is not just stomping alone and only outside of the USA. See the Judicial Watch video “Religious Freedom under Attack”. So why is this occurring and accelerating (per the video) in pace over the past 4 years? Why has the US military leadership been decimated over the past 4 years (200 gone and still counting)? One can only conclude that “In God we Trust” and the associated Judeo-Christian belief’s and values are a threat to some and therefore need to be challenged.

  • sandraleesmith46

    The COMMON denominator in all the Christian persecution around the world today, as well as in antisemitism, for the past several millenia, as it has always been, the hatred and rejection of Yhwh God of the Bible, driven by none other than Lucifer(Satan), who is also driving the New World Order, aiming to have as its SOLE religion the”pure religion of Lucifer”. Islam, being very close in nature to that religion, is being used as a tool to break down Judeo-Christian morality, as well as to physically eliminate believers around the world!

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Read Mr Ibrahim’s book. Try to get through it without feeling you want to bawl your eyes out. That’s all I can say.

  • Drakken

    If you want to help the Christians of the muslim occupied lands? Arm them, anything is lip service of futility.

    • defcon 4

      While that’s a nice idea, I think something along the lines of what Israel did for the Ethiopian Jews is more practical. Most of the states in which muslimes are persecuting/murdering Christians are already islam0nazi states — they wouldn’t hesitate a NY second to slaughter Christians en mass given any pretext whatsoever. The Turkish islam0nazis have re-written the Armenian Genocide to be a genocide in which Armenian Christians were committing a genocide against muslimes.

  • defcon 4

    “false Jews” the muslo-nazi meme that seeks to de-legitimize the state of Israel.

    • Watchman on the Wall

      Meaning what, precisely?

      Those who rule the rogue terrorist state of faux Israel today are Khazars, not descendants of ancient Judahites, as they falsely claim. This group of impostors stole the land of Palestine from the Palestinians and then subjected 800,000 Palestinians to ethnic cleansing and genocide to drive them outside of the borders of the UN-mandated Khazar state of faux Israel with full backing by the United States and Great Britain, both of whom are secretly ruled by Khazars. This ethnic cleansing operation of the Khazars is well documented in Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s book, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.”

      These are the hard facts and truth of genuine history, not the false narratives created by the Khazars themselves to conceal their crimes against humanity. In light of this inconvenient truth, please show me any hard evidence that the modern day state is Israel is legitimate in any way? I don’t give a rip about that which is legal. Evil people use legality to hide their criminal and immoral acts from others. I’m talking about that which is honest, right and moral?

      • defcon 4

        repeating your “false Jew” argument to de-legitimize the state of Israel doesn’t make it any more valid.

  • Stephen Ede

    The point ignored in this diatribe, as it is always ignored in these diatribes, is that the places where this so called “War on Christianity” is occurring are conflict zones. People are getting killed in these area. Not Christians but people. Unfortunately the author appears to only value Christians so those are the only casualties he counts. The Moslem’s killed (and far more Moslems than Christians are dying in most of these zones) don’t count apparently.

    The current conflict zones are mostly Islamic countries. And while I’m sure the Author would probably use that to attack Islam the truth is that the reasons for that are a mix of reasons which would recover several essays to cover.

    As a side not the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were called by many Christians in the US as a war on Islam (in support of the wars) so I’m inclined to think that the Christians have been killing far more Moslems than the Moslems have Christians, but that probably doesn’t fit the desired dialog of the author and most posters here. LOL