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Study: Christians Are the Most Persecuted

A report by the U.K. organization Aid to the Church in Need says 75 percent of religious persecution worldwide is against Christians with over 100 million believers dealing with it today. The report, titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?” and featured in The Christian Post, says most persecution of Christians takes place in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including China, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan. Christians are also subject to increased persecution from growing extremist activity in Burma, India, and Sri Lanka. An official from Aid to the Church in Need said, “Extremists link local Christians in their countries to the West. As they are in most cases unable to attack Western countries direct, many extremists turn their fire on local Christians.” The Christian Post story also quoted U.K. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who said the worldwide persecution of Christians is “perhaps the biggest human rights scandal of our generation.”  

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