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Communism is one of the greatest attackers of Christianity worldwide. This month marks the 100th anniversary since the rise of Communist Russia and the Bolsheviks. Even though communism in Russia faltered in the late 80’s and early 90’s, its influence on much of the world has been devastating. One small and relatively unreported on communist country is Eritrea. Since it gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1991, Eritrea has become more and more repressive. In 2002, the legislative body ended the creation of any opposing political party and established only 4 legal religions. Since this time, thousands of evangelical Christians have been arrested and subjected to imprisonment and torture without cause.


2017-10-23 Eritrea (NationalReview) This month marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, which brought the Bolsheviks to power in Russia. Their reign of terror and merciless annihilation of tens of millions who stood in their way came to a stop only 75 years later, thanks to the 1980s spiritual and political alliance of St. John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan.

However, despite the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain, grave crimes are still being committed in the name of Communism. The dark Russian anniversary this year coincides with the release of Aid to the Church in Need’s 2017 edition of “Persecuted & Forgotten?,” a biannual report on Christian persecution around the world. Although the report’s spotlight remains on the Middle East — particularly the plight of Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq who have been confronted with the genocidal rage of ISIS — there is growing concern about the aggressive Hindu fundamentalism that is harming Christianity in India, and the relative freedom afforded supposedly illegal Islamist groups out to kill the faithful in Pakistan.

While Christians are targeted as infidels by Islamist fanatics or are seen as adherents of a foreign, Westernizing faith by Hindus, followers of Christ pose a still greater threat to orthodox Communist regimes because of their insistence on freedom of conscience and the inviolability of the God-given dignity of every human person. Such a stance subverts the fundamental Communist command that individual freedoms be sacrificed for the good of the state, the collective, the masses.



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