Why Are Christians the World’s Most Persecuted Group?

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


islam_2024369cWhy are Christians, as a new Pew report documents, the most persecuted religious group in the world?  And why is their persecution occurring primarily throughout the Islamic world?  (In the category on “Countries with Very High Government Restrictions on Religion,” Pew lists 24 countries—20 of which are Islamic and precisely where the overwhelming majority of “the world’s” Christians are actually being persecuted.) 

The reason for this ubiquitous phenomenon of Muslim persecution of  Christians is threefold:

Christianity is the largest religion in the world.  There are Christians practically everywhere around the globe, including in much of the Muslim world.  Moreover, because much of the land that Islam seized was originally Christian—including the Middle East and North Africa, the region that is today known as the “Arab world”—Muslims everywhere are still confronted with vestiges of Christianity, for example, in Syria, where many ancient churches and monasteries are currently being destroyed by al-Qaeda linked, U.S. supported “freedom fighters.”  Similarly, in Egypt, where Alexandria was a major center of ancient Christianity before the 7th century Islamic invasions, there still remain at least 10 million Coptic Christians (though some put the number at much higher). Due to sheer numbers alone, then, indigenous Christians are much more visible and exposed to attack by Muslims than other religious groups throughout the Arab world.   Yet as CNS News puts it, “President Obama expressed hope that the ‘Arab Spring’ would give rise to greater religious freedom in North Africa and the Middle East, which has had the world’s highest level of hostility towards religion in every year since 2007, when Pew first began measuring it. However, the study finds that these regions actually experienced the largest increase in religious hostilities in 2012.”

Christianity is a proselytizing faith that seeks to win over converts.  No other major religion—including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism—except Islam itself has this missionary aspect (these faiths tend to be coterminous with their respective ethnicities: Buddhists, Asians; Judaism, Jews; Hinduism, Hindus).    Thus because Christianity is the only religion that is actively confronting Muslims with the truths of its own message, not only is it the primary religion to be accused of proselytizing but, by publicly uttering teachings that contradict Muhammad’s, Christians are accused of blaspheming as well.  Similarly, this proselytizing element is behind the fact that most Muslims who apostatize to other religions overwhelmingly convert to Christianity.  Finally, if indigenous Christians are many in the Middle East, because that is the cradle of Christianity, in other regions with large Muslim populations, such as sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia, Christian missionaries have won over millions of converts to the faith—many of whom are now targeted and persecuted according to Islam’s anti-apostasy law, which often calls for the death penalty.

Christianity is the quintessential religion of martyrdom.  From its inception—beginning with Jesus followed by his disciples and the early Church—many Christians have accepted martyrdom rather than recant their faith, in ancient times at the hands of Romans, in Medieval and modern times at the hands of pious Muslims and others.  Few other religions encourage their adherents to embrace death rather than recant, as captured by Christ’s own words: “But whoever denies me before men, I will deny him before my Father in heaven” (Matt 10:33; see also Luke 14:33).”   Conversely, Islam teaches Muslims to openly renounce their faith (taqiyya)—not just when their lives are threatened, but even as a stratagem of war—as long as they remain Muslim in their hearts.  Other religions and sects also approve of dissimulation to preserve their adherents’ lives.  Back in the 1800s, for instance, Samuel M. Zwemer, a Christian missionary, observed that in Iran “Bahaism enjoys taqiyya (concealment of faith) as a duty, but Christianity demands public profession; and hence in Persia it is far easier to become a Bahai than to become a Christian.”

To summarize, because of their sheer numbers around the globe, including the Muslim world, Christians are the most likely targets of Islamic intolerance; because sharing the Gospel, or “witnessing,” is a dominant element of Christianity, Christians are most likely to fall afoul of Islam’s blasphemy and proselytism laws, as even the barest pro-Christian talk is by necessity a challenge to the legitimacy of Islam; because most Muslims who apostatize to other religions convert to Christianity, it is as Christians that they suffer persecution; and because boldness in face of certain death—martyrdom, dying for the faith—is as old as Christianity itself, Christians are especially prone to defy Islam’s anti-freedom laws, whether by openly proclaiming Christianity or by refusing to recant it, and thus die for it.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War in Christians.

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  • MarVista509

    not in Israel!

  • autdrew

    Very interesting. It’s amazing to me that people insist this isn’t happening, despite all the evidence, then they change the subject and say yeah, but Christians did bad thing hundreds of years ago, or look at how the “hate” gays & lesbians. Smdh, Christians “hate” them, yet it’s Islam murdering and really hating them. I hate moral relativism

    • Rebecca

      Christians hate the sin and love the sinner. As for the things Christians did hundreds of years ago, let’s not forget the Turks/Muslims in 1453 cut off all the trade routes to India, causing misery in Europe, while doing unspeakable things to the people they conquered especially to the ones in what is now modern day Turkey. They didn’t start or quit in 1453. People insist that never happened either, or it wasn’t all that bad. Revisionist history.

      • http://www.drbukk.com/ Nancy Albert

        As observed by Henry Stanley (of “Livingston, I presume”) fame, in the 1860′s Muslims looted and torched villages in the eastern Congo as mercenaries seeking ivory and young people for harems and military service. Every adult was killed and no memory of, or vestige of the African civilizations was left after the jungle took over. This was the same time as King Leopold of Belgium became a symbol of abject tyranny for the rubber plantations. These people lived on to be victims of Imperialism for the next 150 years and counting.

        Fast forward to 1964. My father was able to save an 11th century New Testament manuscript from destruction before Muslims destroyed the church in Turkey (the next week), which had preserved it over the centuries.

        Today is nothing new.

        • Rebecca

          I had heard about at least one advanced civilization in Africa disappearing, but did not know the cause. It is amazing how things are twisted around. This century looks a lot like the others, but we are led to believe there is political progress. Glad your father saved the manuscript!

        • usvietnamvet

          Those who do not learn and heed history are doomed to repeat it.

      • Myrtle Linder

        I think the fact that we teach the opposite that the next largest religion teaches, “love not hate”. They will kill their own for not doing what they want done. Their hate is so great that they will strap a bomb to their child and send him out to kill those he hates.

        John 16:2. They shall put out of the synagogues: yes, the time will come that whosoever kill you will think that he is doing GOD service. The big problem here, they serve an different god, one who teaches hate.

        Our religion stands on only two verses on the WORD OF GOD:
        Matthew 22:37-40
        37 Jesus said, Thou shalt love the LORD THY GOD with all of thy heart, with all of thy soul and with all of thy mind.
        38. This is the first and the great commandment.
        39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor (all others) as thy self.
        40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

        Everything in HIS WORD is teaching us how to live according these commandments but it all circles around these two commandments.

        It is all in the difference of love and hate, hate the sin but love the sinner.

      • usvietnamvet

        So both religions were violent and murdered? There are few religions who don’t murder and spread violence.

        • Rebecca

          Aren’t any non-religious people who don’t do murder. Many more people in the world have been murdered by atheists. Kind of late to the post aren’t you? Did you read and understand what it said? Read the news lately?

          • usvietnamvet

            Yes there are violent people everywhere but most don’t say they’re trying to save your soul as they burn you at the stake. I know Christians who are good and I know pagan believers who are good and many atheists who are good. I don’t think that any religion is going to get you into heaven if you’re not a good person. My religion believes you keep coming back until you learn all the lessons you’ll need in the next place and that being part of any religion is not a get out of jail free card. You have to not cause harm to others in order to advance. PERIOD.

          • Rebecca

            Oh, you see people being burned at the stake. Where do you live? And you have pagans around you as well. And you hint at being a Buddhist The Buddhists in the far east were on the list for the most religious intolerant recently for going after Christians…. that was and is in Thailand, I think…the only non-Muslim country on the list.

          • usvietnamvet

            In history. Many Christians burned pagans at the stake to “save their soul”. As a matter of fact I know many people who practice pagan religions. As for Buddhists killing Christians I couldn’t find any evidence of that. They did kill Communists back in 1970s,And now it seems they are fighting Muslims who are trying to take over.

          • Rebecca

            A human rights watch group listed the top countries where people are persecuted for religion the most and Thailand was up there. You can google it. It was just recently…. As for Christians burning people at the stake, they mostly burned other Christians. And they didn’t do it to save their souls. They had wars in Europe and the state churches went after the dissenters. Greed and corruption… They went for some Moslems a little earlier because they had invaded Europe and had cut off trade routes to the East. People in Europe were starving because of it. Catholics went after the Jews as well…but mostly protestants. This is why America was started by protestant Calvinists for the most part…. 1453 trade routes cut off…. 1492 Columbus…. Exploration….1620 the Mayflower…Thirty Years War, etc…They came here to get away from the violence. And then had some here as well…thanks to the Jesuits in Quebec and French territories, and the Spanish in Florida and South America…And the protestant churches were besieged from the inside by the atheist Unitarian types…Oliver Cromwell, the Calvinist, started a country in S.A., mostly for the persecuted Jews there….. The Buddhists in Thai. are going after Christians who are caught in the middle of the Muslims and the other violent groups over there.

          • usvietnamvet

            I’ll look that up about the Christians. It wouldn’t surprise me. Religions should get along with each other. I know that many people are leaving organized religions because of the fighting.

            It’s a sad thing that anyone was burned at the stake. I watched a program on it and the lucky ones died really quickly but some people often lasted hours before they died depending on the type of process used. The Church of England and Queen Elizabeth I killed thousands of Catholics after she gained power and the Catholic church killed scholars and anyone who wasn’t Catholic. Salvation though torture.

            They often burned pagans and heretics at the stake to save their soul. Before relapsed heretics were burned at the stake, most, but not all, heretics were given the chance to recant before being burned alive. I had read about this in one of my classes at college. I wrote a paper about pagan cultures and their run ins with Christian cultures. The pagans did not always win.

            Warren H. Carroll wrote: “I have read that “burning at the stake was believed by some medieval authorities and scholars to liberate the sinner from his or her formerly damned state and offer some hope of salvation to the now ‘cleansed’ soul”. They burned heretics, Jews, witches, and others. Christians were only burned if they were guilty of a criminal act or ran afoul of the church.

            Thanks for all the info. Isn’t it a shame that in this day and age we can’t simply agree to disagree and allow everyone to live as they wish as long as they don’t infringe on others rights?

          • Rebecca

            Whose is doing all of this today? The Russians and Muslims and even Buddhists are doing this today. You are not getting real history off of TV. Take that stuff with a grain of salt. What passes for religion on TV is Marxism mixed with Unitarianism. Check out the “religion” on PBS and see who is behind these programs. We have an agenda driven media today. If the program isn’t slanted it won’t get on TV. Once in a while they will tell a washed down version of the bad guys, like in the “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,” a PBS movie which you may be able to see on the net. Totally disgusting real life for some people.

          • usvietnamvet

            I don’t get my news from TV. since the fairness doctrine was eliminated, TV news is worthless.

          • Rebecca

            You just said you watch all these so called info programs. Learn to read what is written and go bother someone else with your misinformation. Troll.

          • usvietnamvet

            I don’t get my NEWS from TV. I do watch the history channel and other things but that’s quite different from getting news from TV. As I said the news on TV is worthless. It’s either slated to the right or to the left.

      • usvietnamvet

        I see a lot of “Christians” that hate the “sinner” and act on that hate every chance they get. And it was the church that put together much of the new testament centuries after Jesus died and they chose only those passages that suited them. There’s a great article on the creation of the Bible http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1985/who-wrote-the-bible-part-1

        • Rebecca

          Oh? Can you name names of these Christians? And why do you care who wrote the New Testament? And can you cite where I can find that factual info on the NT writers?

          • usvietnamvet

            A bit defensive aren’t you?

            What about the members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

            To find factual info about the New Testament go to the link I posted.

            I care because I usually want to know the name of the authors who write things. One doesn’t have to be Christian to appreciate the beauty in the Bible or the beauty in most religious books.

          • Rebecca

            Go to a link called straightdope? I am not defensive. I get really tired of people who don’t have any facts but want to start an argument. And, what about the Westboro Baptist Church? Is that your idea of burning someone at the stake?

          • usvietnamvet

            I had facts and I gave you proof and you refuse to look at it.

            And no, it’s not my idea of people being burned at the stake. That happened before the 2oth century.

            You asked “Oh? Can you name names of these Christians?” I assume to my statement “I see a lot of “Christians” that hate the “sinner” and act on that hate every chance they get.” and I said Westboro Baptist Church.

          • Rebecca

            You are just an anti-Christian troll.

          • usvietnamvet

            You can think what ever makes you feel better. But it’s difficult to be an anti-Christian troll if your family and many friends are Christian.

          • Rebecca

            Not what you said a couple of posts ago. Can’t keep it straight can you? Bother someone else.

          • usvietnamvet

            What’s not what I said?

    • philbest

      Most people are incredibly ignorant about the fact that the Crusades began approximately 350 years after the Muslims started conquering huge areas of the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, Spain, etc etc

      They could correctly be viewed as a belated counter-attack and effort to liberate enslaved peoples, more than anything else. Yet lefty Quislings all over the western world will tell you “Christian Europe started it…….Christian Europe picked a fight with the poor, innocent peace-loving Muslims…….”

      • Dyer’s Eve

        ‘Lefty Quislings’ – you hit the nail right on the head. Well said! That is what they are – traitors. And we all know what happens to traitors.

      • tedh754

        And what is so stupid about that argument is that the “peace loving” Muslims sure put up a helluva fight. Had they really been peace loving the blight known as Islam would have perished about a millennium ago.

      • usvietnamvet

        Christians were killing others long before the Crusades and long after. In 315 after Christianity was legal the destruction and persecution of non Christians began. Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.
        In England they killed anyone who refused to leave their “pagan” religion and accept Christ. These people were killed by crucifixion, being torn apart or burned at the stake. Peasants of Steding (Germany) who were unwilling to pay suffocating church taxes were murdered. It’s believed that between 5,000 and 11,000 men,
        women and children slain 5/27/1234 near Altenesch/Germany. The list is long. And after they sailed across the seas discovering new lands, what did they do?

        They killed how many natives in how many countries? Natives who were minding their own business until they were invaded by “Good Christians” who converted them as they enslaved them to work in the mines and stole all the riches the natives had. There are few religions who don’t have blood on their hands. And everyone of them believes theirs is the RIGHT religion. I wonder how many are surprised after they die?

        • philbest

          Christ Himself said, “My kingdom is not of this world”. What was done in His name by existing “establishments” who decided to adopt “Christianity” in place of whatever they had had up to then, is not Christianity itself in expression. Killing and brutality was the norm for enforcement of belief regardless of the claimed belief. In so far as Christianity was taken on in name and not in reality, it didn’t change anything.

          It is the essence of Christianity that has in the long term, achieved essential change in Christendom. It is arrogant nonsense to claim that it is gradual total apostasy and secularisation that led to the abolition of slavery, the abolition of cruel and unusual punishments, the advance of science, the development of property rights and free markets, the institution of the rule of law, the development of systematic charity, and so on. Apostasy and secularisation has always and will always lead to tragedy. Jacobinism, Bolshevism, Nazi-ism, and Maoism are likely to be joined in the annals of history by whatever modern socialism and environmentalism is slowly developing into, including via systematic brainwashing of the young more effectively than anything Joe Goebbels achieved.

          • usvietnamvet

            My religion has only one rule. Do no harm to others for it will come to you. We don’t build churches or preach to others. I know some modern Christians who also mind their own garden and don’t try to convert people except by example. And I know many atheists who also don’t harm others and they go out of their way to help others. I don’t happen to believe that “accepting Jesus” gets you into heaven. I think that rather it’s our deeds that save us not a religion.

          • philbest

            Good for those atheists that have this code. Unfortunately as a society-wide surrogate State religion, atheism does not tend to have this effect.

          • usvietnamvet

            No one can stamp out prayer or religion. And so real atheism doesn’t exist as a “state religion”. Anyone can hijack a belief system or a region to advance their own agenda. The atrocidies that happen under violent individuals happen because of their agenda not atheism. Militant atheism was central to the ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union yet they were unable to stamp out religion. Most real atheists don’t want to convert others and could care less what you think.

    • usvietnamvet

      It doesn’t matter what religion your are. If you use violence to advance your religion then you’re disappointing God. No religion has the right to force people to convert. It’s sad there is so much violence when it’s unnecessary. Why can’t everyone just practice their religion and convert by example?

      • autdrew

        I agree that we must lead by example. To paraphrase St. Francis of Assi, preach the gospel always, use words when necessary.
        Here is the problem, Jesus is believed to be God incarnate. He personally told us to go therefore, and make disciples of all nations. He told us to preach the good news. It is impossible to expect a Christian to remain silent on religious matters. If they did, they wouldn’t be doing what God told them to do, thereby their own souls would be in jeopardy, for not doing what Jesus commanded. Lastly, they genuinely care about the souls of others. It would be a tragedy to them, if someone went down the wrong road because they were too scared to speak up.
        Like everyone else, I am not fond of JW’ s & LDS coming to my door, but I understand that it is a requirement for their religion, so I am polite, yet firm.
        I do not have any problems with people who speak to me about religion. I have a problem with the use of force, terror, & intimidation to trap someone into a religion (once in, no way out). The facts are simple, one group says Love your neighbor as yourself. The other says to hunt them down & kill them, force heavy taxes, or conversion on you. The 2nd has always done it, is currently doing it all over the world daily, and will continue to do it until all the religions of the world are gone, “allahs religion” is the only one allowed & everyone says no is his prophet & they believe in the last day. The Koran tells them they are the best of all people & everyone should be bowing down to them, others are inferior. There is no golden rule, that only applies to other muslims. When they say islam is peace, it means peace for muslims, or only after the world belongs to allah.
        Christians have done bad, horrid things, no doubt. However, Jesus NEVER said to do it. They were going away from his teachings. On the other hand, mo DOES say to murder for him & the religion, to lie to infidels, (it’s one of the Bible’s big 10). In comparing the two, past & present, it’s very obvious which is murderous, hateful toward other religions, women, gays, other versions of the religion, committing rape, murdering of the innocent, keeping women as chattel & under wraps, and on and on.
        All religions are not equal and should not be treated as if they were. Killing, rape, child abuse & honor killings makes that not a religion but a criminal enterprise not deserving of the name religion

  • Militant Christian

    Another reason, rarely mentioned, if ever, is that most Christians try to practice the NT “turn the other cheek”, while ignoring the OT “an eye for an eye”. If we would slaughter about 100 muslims for every Christian they kill, soon muslim terrorists would be eliminated.

    • usvietnamvet

      The Muslim terrorist is not more the average Muslim then Christian fanatics are examples of most Christians. I’ve lived all over the world and have seen Christians, Jews and Muslims living together peacefully. Most of these terrorists have corrupted their religion to advance their own personal agenda.

  • dia61

    Another terrific article, by Raymond Ibrahim, which helps to explain the current
    situation, using easily understood language, clear examples, and, as
    always, a fabulous ability to “connect the dots”. Thank you, on behalf
    of all of us.

    For many years, I bought in to the romanticized rendition of the
    Islam story. Like so many other Western- educated observers, clueless of
    truthful history, I believed the fairy tale of the horrible Christian
    West, which “perpetrated” horrific aggressive acts against innocent,
    victimized Muslims. I know MANY people who still believe that Christians
    are the “Big Bad Wolves” compared to the “Little Red Riding Hoods” of
    Islam.

    How many people really understand that the First Crusade was
    launched as a counter offensive against Muslim jihad? I wonder how
    Muslims would have felt if the tables had been turned on them. In other
    words, had the road to Mecca been blocked, had religious pilgrimage been
    deterred, and had the Grand Mosque been stripped of its minarets, and
    replaced with crosses, can anybody imagine the reaction?
    It is so important to connect the dots, because the most important issues,
    regarding all of this, concern freedom to choose, equality for all
    people, and separation between church and state. Voltaire, in his
    defense of free speech, said that he might not agree with what somebody
    had to say but that he would defend, “to his death”, their right to say
    it. That’s the point, isn’t it? The fact that the 21st Century Christian
    West is tolerating this intolerance is beyond belief and completely
    insane.
    What’s it going to take for people to WAKE UP?

  • john

    We let them invade our country, few questions asked now we are stuck with them and there is this daily hate what they brought into the America;s. When they killed 3000 people Geo W. Bush should have shut the muslim borders.

    • usvietnamvet

      Ol’ George was busy arranging flights out for the Rich powerful Arabs on private planes.

  • Cyn Lee

    A STRANGE PHENOMENON ISN’T IT? ALL the people who claim that the Bible is just a ‘Myth’ & a ‘Book of Fairy Tales’ are the very ones bringing the Biblical
    Prophecies to Pass. Unfortunately, there WILL BE A TIME, where they will WISH that they were right.

    • usvietnamvet

      Do you know why the 1st Christians didn’t write down the teachings of Jesus? Jesus’ return and the restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth were imminent–why bother preserving stories if the world was about to end? So the stories were passed on to the next generation orally and were used primarily as a means of preaching and convincing outsiders. But as the first generation began to die off and hopes for the Second Coming dimmed, there was a need to preserve Jesus’ words and deeds for posterity. If anyone has ever played the game where one person whispers to another person a phrase and that person passes it to the next and so on…the last persons phrase is usually quite different then the original. Also the Church chose what passages/teachings were included in the Bible. Much of what they put in was to solidify their own beliefs and their power. I don’t happen to believe in the Bible as the word of God but support the right of anyone to believe what they wish. If the Bible gives you comfort and makes you a better person then good. But there have been numerous predictions of things ending. But your own Bible says that people cannot “know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25) of the end. My religion/belief system believes that all good people will move on and the bad will be sentenced to live their life again. In the end each of us will find out who was right and who was wrong. We may all be surprised.

      • Cyn Lee

        Different writers in the Bible Confirmed and repeated the
        same version of events which they saw take place, first hand. In the Old Testament, different prophets gave
        the same prophesies, different writers gave the same version of events that took place – it is repetitious – the only differences are the writers point-of-view. In the New Testament, the different apostles gave the same version of events from their own experiences and had the same testimony. If you ever actually READ the Bible, you would realize this.

        Every Christian & Jew in all ages HOPES for the end of human rule and corruption in the world – but is not looking forward to the tribulation that will come before it. God always uses terms like “a little while” & “soon” while admitting, “…be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” He also stated that no one, not even Christ knew the exact timing of the return or restoration. We believe that this is to keep all generations on their toes & to refrain from sin because it will come as “a thief in the night” – but He DID give us signs to watch for. The Jews are still waiting for their Messiah – I have this ‘sign’ covered.

        The Church put together the Bible because someone had to do it. Many Gnostic versions & writings were being forged as from the apostles and they did what they needed to do – investigate & source all of the documents and put together an ‘authorized’ account of the true scriptures in one Book.

        You don’t believe in the Bible because you have never actually read it in it’s entirely and know nothing about it. Anyone can pick out verses. The Bible is the most used reference for secular archeologists not only because of its historical significance, but because it is the most accurate documentation on our historical record.

        The Bible has predicted over & over again events that were going to come to pass & did come to pass. If you read the Old Testament prophets & revelations (prophecy is throughout the Bible), you can see the ‘signs’ coming to pass even now. Everything (nations, alliances, cultures, people, attitudes, morals, ethics, and prejudices) are lining up accordingly. The Christian always ‘watches’ for these signs – and always look for them to all come together in their lifetime. But, only God knows how slowly or quickly everything will be fully prepared & ready for the tribulations. Evil is one constant throughout the history of man – but we watch for specific events are which are Biblical ‘landmarks’. But, there is a really good chance that the
        Bible will, once again, be banned & burned before the ‘Second Coming’ (it is in the ‘air’) so that the majority of people will have no idea what is actually taking place…because there will be no ‘reference’.

        The Bible NEVER states that the ‘world is going to end’ – NEVER. In fact, it states over & over again that the ‘world is without end’. This is just another one of the many
        misconstrued ‘views’ that comes from pulling out ‘text & verses’ without actually reading the Bible. It DOES state that every man is appointed ‘once to die and then the judgment’ which
        means that there is no ‘reincarnation’ – so we had better get it right the first time. I would rather not be “surprised” and will not take a ‘chance’ with my ‘forever’.

        • usvietnamvet

          And what happens if YOU’RE wrong and Christianity or Judaism aren’t the only right religions?

          I’ve not only read the Bible but I’ve studied it along with other religions books.

          Did you ever wonder why our founders created a country that was tolerant of ALL religions? Do you even know how many of our founders weren’t Christians?

          • Cyn Lee

            Please, List them.

  • Long Ben

    Well stated Sir.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoffrey-Britain/100003802091841 Geoffrey Britain

    I can’t agree with the author. His reasoning is sound enough, it just misses the mark. The reason why Muslim’s persecute Christians is because no more diametrical opposites could be found, than Jesus of Nazareth and Muhammad. They are completely opposed and Muslims know it. Taqiyya indeed, they give lip service to honoring Jesus ‘as a prophet’ but it is the faintest of lip service because everything Jesus ever did and said… is a rejection of ALL that Muhammad stood for…and, all that Muhammad did and was… is a perversion of what Jesus taught.

    Their very lives could not be more opposed. Devout Muslims, the fanatical fundamentalists, KNOW this and they hate Christians most for this reason. No greater criticism of Muhammad, his life and what he promoted can be found than Jesus’ teachings, life and example.

    • truebearing

      It really is simple. Jesus was good incarnate. Mohammed was evil incarnate. Nothing ambiguous there.

      • usvietnamvet

        Mohammed was no more evil then Jesus. The teachings of both have been corrupted by fanatics.

    • usvietnamvet

      Then why does the Quran mention Jesus? Both religion have fanatics and both may be in for a rude surprise after they die.

    • usvietnamvet

      Aren’t both sides guilty? Perhaps if people acted like adults and quite infringing on other peoples beliefs things would be more peaceful. Look at how many religions and offshoots there are in the world and most of them think THEIRS is the only right religion. I’m glad my religion doesn’t require me to convert others. How boring would it be if we were all the same?

  • knowshistory

    because Christians are stupid asswholes. they see their fellow Christians being sacrified to the evil god of islam, and they say, not my problem. I am peaceful. I am good. I do not discriminate, even if the criminal piece of chit I should be discriminating against is a criminal jihadi genocidal maniac. no. I do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or who is trying to exterminate me and my kind from the face of the earth. Christians are stupid. Christians have no common sense. Christians are stupid dupes for the worst plague ever to infest mankind. Christians suck. they are stupid.

    • truebearing

      In guess you showed everyone who the stupid one is.

    • CaoMoo

      Wow just wow. I hope this was sarcastic. If it wasn’t well write breathe in on your left hand and breathe out on your right, then look back and forth vigorously for the next 70 years or so. Dont forget writing instructions on your feet eat 3 times a day and drink water.

      • knowshistory

        you should write “islam is a great religion of peace” on your feet. it will make you feel better as you and your kind are being genocided.

        • CaoMoo

          Yeah nope he’s just plain stupid. The facts are in.

        • usvietnamvet

          I’ve seen Muslims, Jews and Christians living together in peace. Anyone can hijack a religion to advance their own perverted agenda.

  • antioli

    Buddhists , Animists, Hindus,and others are persecuted by Muslims .
    The Hindus fight back, Animists fight back and there are some Christian ministers who advocate on their behalf , even Buddhists can and do fight back and some African and Lebanese Christians also fight back.
    In Europe and America very few Christian Ministers speak out against Islamic persecutions . Due to the influence from the “Progressive” types they think it is bigotry to speak out against Islamic persecution of Jews and Christians or even different sects of Islam.

    • usvietnamvet

      I’ve heard plenty speak out.

  • republicc

    Throughout their history, Jews have endured torture and death, rather than convert to another religion..

    • gray_man

      True.
      But irrelevant to the article.
      The Article is about Christians.

      • republicc

        Read the article again: “Few other religions encourage their adherents to embrace death rather than recant…….Other religions and sects also approve of dissimulation to preserve their adherents’ lives.” A long time before the Muslims started killing and chasing out Christians they killed and expelled (while expropriating their assets) most of the Jews in their lands. Half of Israel’s population comes from these Muslim lands.

        • gray_man

          How could Muslims have killed Jews anymore than Christians, when by the time of Muhammad, most of the middle-east was Christian? They are focussing on Christians now because there are few Jews left. But that does not mean they were not killing Christians from the beginning with the same vigor they used on Jews. There were just fewer Jews to begin with.

          Your comment is still irrelevant to the article, because the article is about Christians. Jews were just mentioned in Passing.

  • tedh754

    I find it amazing how many “reverts” (as muzlims call them) to islam instantly become wannabee killers. What can possibly be the cause of that?

  • mtnhikerdude

    A quote from a friend 80+ years old ,”An addition of Muslims to a Nation is a subtraction in civilization”.

    • usvietnamvet

      That person is wrong and a bigot. To decide an entire region takes away from civilization is rooted in prejudice.

  • Dallas25305

    Christians are the world’s most persecuted religion because that is the way Chairman Hussein Obama, his liberal Socialist hacks and his Muslim brotherhood pals want it.

    • usvietnamvet

      For goodness sake why would Obama persecute Christians when he and his family are Christians?

  • usvietnamvet

    I’d be surprised if it wasn’t happening. Maybe the ones here in the USA are persecuted because they’re rude, obnoxious and they make themselves targets. They spread hate and intolerance.

    And to everyone who believes that their religion is the only “right” one, why would a God who created such diversity in the universe have only one path for us to take? I believe God gave us brains and curiosity for a reason…so that we
    would always be searching for answers rather then accepting answers from someone else.