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Map reflects the 30 most recent Persecution Reports. Click HERE for the Map Legend.



European Parliament Condemns Christian Persecution in Syria, Pakistan and Iran

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday, October 10th, condemning the violence and persecution against Christians in Syria, Pakistan, and Iran. The past few months have seen a dramatic increase in hostilities against the minority Christian community in these countries as extremist interpretations of Islam that promote violence to create an Islamic state have gained greater influence.

The Birth of Modern-Day Christian Persecution in Western Europe

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Just a little over a hundred years ago, more than 80% of all of the world’s Christians lived in either Europe or North America. Today, that number has dropped below 40% and the steepest decline has been in Europe. It’s now believed that more Christians attend church on Sunday morning in China than on the entire European continent. The number of evangelical Christians, a movement that is relatively outspoken in espousing Christian doctrine, is estimated to comprise less than five percent of Western Europe’s population (in the U.S., evangelicals still make up about 40% of all Americans).  According to the Center for Study on Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the only major religion in Western Europe that is currently growing is Islam.

Has an All-Out Siege on Christians Commenced Worldwide?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

From the kidnapping of Bishops in Syria to the killing of Christians across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the Catholic Church is speaking out against the rise of the “siege against Christians,” saying that more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year."  While this is evident in countries where Christianity is the minority, the Catholic church rightly points out that things are changing, saying "In some Western countries where historically the Christian presence has been an integral part of society, a trend emerges that tends to marginalize Christianity in public life, ignore historic and social contributions and even restrict the ability of faith communities to carry out social charitable services." 

UK Violates Religious Freedom, European Court to Look into Cases of Anti-Christian Discriminations

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The is a growing concern about discrimination against Christians in Britain. Some Christians are taking Britain to the European Court of Human Rights due to violations of their religious freedom. We urge Britain to respect religious freedom of Christians.

Bull’s-Eye Placed On European Christians

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Report counts more attacks than people of any other faith


Report Documents Discrimination Against European Christians

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

“The form of intolerance or even discrimination in Europe is a more subtle one. It is a growing phenomenon, but it’s, in many places, still very smooth in the sense that its not a dramatic situation. But we see that it is much easier to face such a problem at the beginning than later on when its developed and nobody cares about the Christian attitudes.”

Christians Contemplate Their Future In Secular Europe

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Former Dutch defence minister Eimert van Middelkoop said there was an "anti-Christian mood" in EU institutions

Saudi Arabia’s Export Of Radical Islam Alarms Gov’t Leaders

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

"Two weeks ago, I met the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, who complained bitterly about Saudi money being used to build Wahhabi inspired madrassahs in his country which were radicalising Ethiopia's Muslim minority that have traditionally co-existed peacefully for centuries with the Christian majority."

105,000 Christians Martryed Yearly, Says European Official

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

"Every five mintues, a Christian is killed for his  faith," says a European official. This brings the total number of martyred Christians to 105,000 per year. Despite this fact, the world doesn't pay attention to the plight of the persecuted Christians.

European Court Tells U.K. Government to Clarify Rights of Christians

Monday, June 6th, 2011

“There seems to be a disproportionate animosity towards the Christian faith and the workings of the courts in the U.K. has led to deep injustice.”

Religious Liberty Advocate Faces Opposition at EU Meeting for Speaking on Behalf of Persecuted Christians

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Dr. Gudrun Kugler was heckled at an EU meeting for speaking for the right of Christians to expresses their views. Dr. Kugler has documented several instances of persecution, including arrest, of Chrisitians in Europe.

Angelican Bishop Blasts West’s Reticence on Christian Persecution

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Widespread persecution of Christians is going on in many Islamic countries. Unfortunately, Western countries have failed to effectively pressue Muslim countries on the issue of persecution of Christians.

Europe Stuttering Timidity in Denouncing the Persecution of Christians

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Persecution of Christians is rising around the world but political correctness is keeping Western countries from defending the persecuted Christians.

EU denounces attacks against Christians

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

“The European Union denounced attacks against Christians and Muslims on Monday, having previously failed to agree a statement that included Christianity among persecuted religious faiths,” Reuters reports.

Churchgoes in Europe Face ‘bloodless persecution’

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

“There are signs that hostility towards free and open demonstrations of faith is growing.”

EU Ministers in Discord on ‘Christianity’ and Persecution

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

A declaration condemning the persecution of religious groups failed to be adopted after some European ministers  opposed the inclusion of the word "Christians" in the declaration.

EU Ups Efforts to Protect Christians Worldwide

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

"EU development aid and trade relations should take into account the respect for human rights and freedom of religion in the countries concerned. The EU needs to put the spotlight on violations of human rights and the persecution of Christians, and make sure that payments to third countries as well as diplomatic agreements are dependent on improvements in these areas."

Germany, Italy Issue Joint Appeal for Religious Freedom

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

"While respecting the sovereignty of national states, we believe that the European Union should constructively engage the governments of those countries where incidents of interreligious violence have occured in order to ensure that the logic of dialogue and peace prevails over disrespect and all kinds of violence."

Iraqi attacks on Christians condemned by US, EU

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

“The United States government condemned the violence against Christians and urged the Iraqi government to increase efforts to protect Christians and their churches from terrorist attacks,” reports the Examiner.

Four EU Nations Urge European Action Against Anti-Christian Violence

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Europe Ups Security for Copts Amid Online Threats

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The persecution of Christians is reaching an alarming level. Coptic Christians are being targeted for attacks in Europe and Canada. Islamic radicals have threatned to carry out attacks against Coptic Christians in the West.

Video: Mall Blocks Christmas Song To Avoid ‘Religious Bias’

Friday, December 24th, 2010

“We should actively celebrate the Christian basis of Christmas, and not allow politically correct Grinches to marginalize Christianity and the importance of the birth of Christ.”

Report Reveals Increasing Marginalization of Christians In Europe

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The report indicates that European Christians face marginalization due to hate speech legislation, negative stereotyping by the media, political correctness and other similar reasons.

Pope Decries Growing ‘Christianophobia’ In Europe

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

“I also express my hope that in the West, and especially in Europe, there will be an end to hostility and prejudice against Christians because they are resolved to orient their lives in a way consistent with the values and principles expressed in the Gospel,”

The Islamization of Europe is Happening Now

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Muslims have been conducting a prolonged campaign against Christian values which has now entered its third phase

Religious Freedom: European Parliament Takes Action to Prompte Religious Freedom

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

 "75% of deaths linked to religion-based hate crimes affect people of the Christian faith, which makes Christians the most persecuted religious group in the world. Europe cannot remain indifferent. The EU must take co-responsibility for protecting religious freedom all over the world. Today, the mass suffering of Christians is still a crime that remains forgotten. We are here to remind the politicians of their responsibilities in this matter."

Report: Islamic Numbers, Influence Surging

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

'Situation really bad for Christians where Muslims are now in the majority in Europe'

Islam’s Presence in Balkans Grows

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Radical form of Islam known as Wahhabism is rapidly expanding in Europe. Wahhabism encourages violence against Christians, Jews and others.

European Conference on Persecution of Christians

Monday, October 4th, 2010

“Europe cannot remain passive. The European Union must take the co-responsibility for the protection of religious freedom in the world.”

Bishops Urge EU to Combat Anti-Christian Persecution

Friday, October 1st, 2010

“Each year 170,000 Christians suffer because of their beliefs. The total number of faithful who are discriminated amounts already 100 million. This makes Christians the most persecuted religious group.”

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