Christians Around World Under Siege

ICC Note: The reality is that in far too many countries Christians face incredible risk simply for their faith. Some make the headlines, but much more “is unseen by the world” and the daily reality of persecution that Christians face. To meet together as Christians is a dangerous task, but a necessary one. As we meet this year in our religious celebrations we should pause to remember those who are celebrating the same truths, yet paying a much higher cost to do so.

12/17/2014 Middle East (Sun Times) During this season of joyous religious celebrations and especially the holiday cheer enjoyed with family and friends during Christmas time, we should not forget that in too many corners of the world Christianity is under siege with Christians abused, brutalized and murdered.

Ghastly crimes like the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian Christian school girls by the Islamist terrorists of Boko Haram, the beheadings of Christians by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the flight from riot and murder by Coptic Christians from Egypt during the Muslim Brotherhood reign make headlines.

But “usually unseen by the world” is the daily reality of Christians being “economically marginalized, denied education for their children, beaten, tortured, raped, imprisoned and sadly even murdered for their faith,” observes Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern.

ICC’s Persecution.org website and organizations and individuals such as Open Doors and the Gatestone Institute’s Raymond Ibrahim do the good work of trying to keep the plight of Christians in the public eye. Their reports, easily accessible on the Internet, make for disturbing reading.

Ibrahim wrote of a Christian convert from Islam in Uganda who established a Christian school. Hassan Muwanguzi was beaten by Muslims, hauled into court on trumped-up charges of “defiling” a Muslim girl, saw his home burned by arson, was sickened by poison, and survived an attack by four Muslims that left his 12-year-old daughter dead.

In a crime that “has shaken Pakistan’s Christian community to the core,” ICC reports, a mob accused a Christian couple of burning pages of the Koran, beat them and burned them alive in a brick kiln. The woman was pregnant; the mob left the couple’s four children orphans.

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