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The 12 most dangerous countries for Christians

A protester defiantly waves an Egyptian flag with the emblems of Christianity and Islam ( the cross and the crescent ) added - a message of religious unity. Clouds of tear gas are lit up with an eerie glow by the sinking sun. - Courtesy of Alisdare Hickson via Flickr Creative Commons ( - Egypt ranks #17 on Open Doors World Watch List

Almost one in 12 Christians in the world lives in a place where practicing their religion is forbidden or even punishable under the law, according to the 26th annual “World Watch List” report. Compiled by Open Doors USA, the list ranks the top 50 countries where Christians are most severely persecuted. North Korea tops the list for the 16th year in a row, but the report concludes that Islamic extremism “remains the global, dominant driver of persecution.”

“Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, loss of home and assets, torture, beheadings, rape, and even death as a result of their faith,” the report states.

READ ALSO: ‘Double persecution’: The untold plight of Christian women worldwide

The report states that approximately 215 million Christians now experience high or extreme levels of persecution. This number may be overinflated given Open Door’s vague and broad definition of persecution, which includes “any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Christ.” Even still, the situation faced by millions of Jesus-followers around the world is dire.

According to Open Doors USA, here are the top 12 most dangerous countries for Christians:

  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Sudan
  5. Pakistan
  6. Eritrea
  7. Libya
  8. Iraq
  9. Yemen
  10. Iran
  11. India
  12. Saudi Arabia

It’s possible that recent American foreign policy has contributed to a worsening of the the situation faced by Christians in these places.

In the wake of American-waged wars, Iraq (#8) and Afghanistan (#2) have experienced increased religious oppression. Libya (#7) has become a hotbed for Islamist terrorism after American military demolished its government. Four countries among the top 12 are included in President Trump’s travel ban, and relations with Pakistan (#5) are strained due to his administration’s attempt to block millions of dollars in aid. The president recently brokered trade and weapons deals with Saudi Arabia (#12).

Regardless, Open Doors reports that Christian oppression globally is intensifying at an alarming rate. Of the 50 countries listed, more than 30 saw a notable increase in persecution during the reporting period.

The Open Doors report is a sobering reminder of that persecution is real and often overlooked in the places it actually exists. While American Christians are a privileged majority, their brothers and sisters in many places are a persecuted minority.

The 2018 World Watch List compiled by OpenDoors where Christians are most persecuted. Map courtesy of OpenDoors

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He has published more than 2500 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Week, Buzzfeed and National Journal. Jonathan is author of "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined" and "A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars." He resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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  • Wait a minute !! The article misses the horrible persecution that Christians face in the USA…

    – Baker’s being forced to create gay wedding cakes
    – Christians can’t proselytize in public schools
    – Churches might lose tax breaks for political activity
    – Ten-Commandments monuments not allowed in public property
    – Clergy being punished unfairly for child sex abuse
    – Christians stopped from controlling women’s reproduction choices
    – Atheists allowed to mock religion
    – Christian government clerks forced to give same-sex marriage certificates
    – Sharia law OK — but Biblical law banned
    – Nuns forced to cover insurance including birth-control
    – Satanists have same religious rights as Christians

    …Oh, and this one is so painful…”Merry Christmas'” replaced with “Happy Holidays” … The Horror !!

    Why isn’t this danger to Christians right up there with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan ?

  • 44. Jabba the Trump is only a Two Corinthians kinda guy, what with adultery and fornication and multiple divorces and all.

  • I guess if you are a Christian, or at least that type of Christian, the only kind of religious persecution is the kind directed at you.

    Women world wide, rohingyas, gay people, Jews, Sunni. Shia, don’t count. If I weren’t so ill, I’m sure I could come up with a long list of others.

  • Waitaminit. Hoover was a Quaker, and they are suspect. And washington and Jefferson were deists.

  • I have known many Eritrean Orthodox Christians who fled oppression in their homeland. They had many horrifying stories to tell.

  • With the exception of North Korea, the persecution is Islamic in nature driven by the dictates of hallucinating Mohammed in his book of horror and terror, the Koran:

    Some examples.

    o “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)
    “Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons…he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home…” (Surah 8:12-)

    “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)

    “…make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them…” (Surah 9:12-)

    “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (Surah 9:29-)

    “It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it.” (Surah 9:31-)

    “If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men.” (Surah 9:37-)

    “Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home.” (Surah 9:73)

    “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them.” (Surah 9:121-)

    “Say: ‘Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom…” (Surah 17:111)

    “‘How shall I bear a child,’ she [Mary] answered, ‘when I am a virgin…?’ ‘Such is the will of the Lord,’ he replied. ‘That is no difficult thing for Him…God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!…Those who say: ‘The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,’ preach a monstrous falsehood…” (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

    “Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him…He has given you the name of Muslims…” (Surah 22:78-)

    “Blessed are the believers…who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)…These are the heirs of Paradise…” (Surah 23:1-5-)

    “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” (Surah 48:29)

    “Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?…Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents…They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets…Blessed be the name of your Lord…” (Surah 55:52-66-)

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

  • Because Christmas is a continuation of the ancient Roman holiday celebration of the winter solstice. Do you have any documentation that Jesus was born on the 25th of December? If you want to walk path of the mythical Jesus, you would not be bit-ching about the generic “Happy Holidays”

  • “If I weren’t so Ill” — God is punishing you for having impure thoughts. Just playing, get well soon. What is plaguing you?

  • Thanks for the good wishes. I feel too sick to have any thoughts, and Impure ones are just beyond me.

    Some awful bug that everyone is saying going around, but THEIRS sounds like garden variety flu, whereas mine is like the worst flu ever, without the sneezing and runny nose. So it’s not the flu.

    How dare they equate their suffering with mine, just because it’s happening to them!

  • Feel better, Ben. Just got over some bug myself (though I’m sure it could never compare with yours!).

  • Thanks for the good wishes! Each day is a little better. Monday I felt like crap. Yesterday I felt like crap with sugar on it. Today there’s a little cherry on top of that.

  • Somewhere, there is a line I’m sure you have crossed when it comes to sugarcoating your feelings.

    Be well soon.

  • Thanks for the good wishes, they are always appreciated. Each day is a bit better. I actually managed to eat some food today without being totally repulsed the the prospect. All I could manage yesterday was some top ramen, which is so bland as not to be considered food at all.

  • It’s called the constitution and we all have free speech, including you and atheists. No one is persecuting you. Sharia is no OK anywhere in the US. Liberal Christians and Jews have equal rights too. I belong to a denomination of Judaism that allows rabbis to marry gay couples. What about our freedom?

  • Actually I’m locked in my basement, huddling in fear…You can’t walk the streets safely as a Christian in America anymore !!

  • Zacharias’ service in the Temple was around September and Jesus’ conception was six months later. Sol Invictus was never celebrated on December 25 until Julian the Apostate moved it there to compete with Christmas and the earliest extant references to Christmas all say December 25.

  • LiveScience:

    Although millions of people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, most scholars agree that he wasn’t born on that day, or even in the year 1 A.D.

    Researchers believe the Roman Catholic Church settled on Dec. 25 for many reasons, such as that date’s ties to the winter solstice and Saturnalia, a festival dedicated to the Roman deity Saturn. By choosing this day to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, the church could co-opt the popular pagan festival, as well as the winter celebrations of other pagan religions.

    But nobody really knows exactly when Jesus was born.

    Some scholars think that he was born between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C., based partly on the biblical story of Herod the Great. Not long before Herod’s demise, which is believed to have occurred in 4 B.C., the ruler of Judea supposedly ordered the death of all male infants who were under the age of two and lived in the vicinity of Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill Jesus.

    But historians disagree about Herod’s actual year of death. What’s more, the horrific mass infanticide is legend, not fact, Reza Aslan, a biblical scholar and author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”

    To pinpoint Jesus’ birth year, other scholars have tried to correlate the “Star of Bethlehem,” which supposedly heralded Jesus’ birth, with actual astronomical events. For example, in a 1991 article in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomer Colin Humphreys proposed that the fabled star was actually a slow-moving comet, which Chinese observers recorded in 5 B.C.

    Scholars also debate the month of Jesus’ birth. In 2008, astronomer Dave Reneke argued that Jesus was born in the summer. The Star of Bethlehem, Reneke told New Scientist, may have been Venus and Jupiter coming together to form a bright light in the sky. Using computer models, Reneke determined that this rare event occurred on June 17, in the year 2 B.C.

    Other researchers have claimed that a similar conjunction, one between Saturn and Jupiter, occurred in October of 7 B.C., making Jesus an autumn baby.

    Theologians have also suggested that Jesus was born in the spring, based on the biblical narrative that shepherds were watching over their flocks in the fields on the night of Jesus’ birth — something they would have done in the spring, not the winter.

  • I can play the copypasta game too:

    The Catholic Church, from at least the second century, has claimed that Christ was born on December 25. However, it is commonly alleged that our Lord Jesus Christ was not born on December 25. For the sake of simplicity, let us set out the usual objections to the date of December 25 and counter each of them.

    Objection 1: December 25 was chosen in order to replace the pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a popular winter festival and so the Catholic Church prudently substituted Christmas in its place.

    Reply to Objection 1: Saturnalia commemorated the winter solstice. Yet the winter solstice falls on December 22. It is true that Saturnalia celebrations began as early as December 17 and extended till December 23. Still, the dates don’t match up.

    Objection 2: December 25 was chosen to replace the pagan Roman holiday Natalis Solis Invicti which means “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.”

    Reply to Objection 2: Let us examine first the cult of the Unconquered Sun. The Emperor Aurelian introduced the cult of the Sol Invictus or Unconquered Sunto Rome in A.D. 274. Aurelian found political traction with this cult, because his own name Aurelianderives from the Latin word aurora denoting “sunrise.” Coins reveal that Emperor Aurelian called himself the Pontifex Solis or Pontiff of the Sun. Thus, Aurelian simply accommodated a generic solar cult and identified his name with it at the end of the third century.

    Most importantly, there is no historical record for a celebration Natalis Sol Invictus on December 25 prior to A.D. 354. Within an illuminated manuscript for the year A.D. 354, there is an entry for December 25 reading “N INVICTI CM XXX.” Here N means “nativity.” INVICTI means “of the Unconquered.” CM signifies “circenses missus” or “games ordered.” The Roman numeral XXX equals thirty. Thus, the inscription means that thirty games were order for the nativity of the Unconquered for December 25th. Note that the word “sun” is not present. Moreover, the very same codex also lists “natus Christus in Betleem Iudeae” for the day of December 25. The phrase is translated as “birth of Christ in Bethlehem of Judea.”[i]

    The date of December 25th only became the “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” under the Emperor Julian the Apostate. Julian the Apostate had been a Christian but who had apostatized and returned to Roman paganism. History reveals that it was the hateful former Christian Emperor that erected a pagan holiday on December 25. Think about that for a moment. What was he trying to replace?

    These historical facts reveal that the Unconquered Sun was not likely a popular deity in the Roman Empire. The Roman people did not need to be weaned off of a so-called ancient holiday. Moreover, the tradition of a December 25th celebration does not find a place on the Roman calendar until after the Christianization of Rome. The “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” holiday was scarcely traditional and hardly popular. Saturnalia (mentioned above) was much more popular, traditional, and fun. It seems, rather, that Julian the Apostate had attempted to introduce a pagan holiday in order to replace the Christian one!

    Objection 3: Christ could not have been born in December since Saint Luke describes shepherds herding in the neighboring fields of Bethlehem. Shepherds do not herd during the winter. Thus, Christ was not born in winter.

    Reply to Objection 3: Recall that Palestine is not England, Russia, or Alaska. Bethlehem is situated at the latitude of 31.7. My city of Dallas, Texas has the latitude of 32.8, and it’s still rather comfortable outside in December. As the great Cornelius a Lapide remarks during his lifetime, one could still see shepherds and sheep in the fields of Italy during late December, and Italy is at higher latitude than Bethlehem.

    Now we move on to establishing the birthday of Christ from Sacred Scripture in two steps. The first step is to use Scripture to determine the birthday of Saint John the Baptist. The next step is using Saint John the Baptist’s birthday as the key for finding Christ’s birthday. We can discover that Christ was born in late December by observing first the time of year in which Saint Luke describes Saint Zacharias in the temple. This provides us with the approximate conception date of Saint John the Baptist. From there we can follow the chronology that Saint Luke gives, and that lands us at the end of December.

    Saint Luke reports that Zacharias served in the “course of Abias” (Lk 1:5) which Scripture records as the eighth course among the twenty-four priestly courses (Neh 12:17). Each shift of priests served one week in the temple for two times each year. The course of Abias served during the eighth week and the thirty-second week in the annual cycle.[ii]However, when did the cycle of courses begin?
    Josef Heinrich Friedlieb has convincingly established that the first priestly course of Jojarib was on duty during the destruction of Jerusalem on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av.[iii]Thus the priestly course of Jojarib was on duty during the second week of Av. Consequently, the priestly course of Abias (the course of Saint Zacharias) was undoubtedly serving during the second week of the Jewish month of Tishri—the very week of the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of Tishri. In our calendar, the Day of Atonement would land anywhere from September 22 to October 8.
    Zacharias and Elizabeth conceived John the Baptist immediately after Zacharias served his course. This entails that Saint John the Baptist would have been conceived somewhere around the end of September, placing John’s birth at the end of June, confirming the Catholic Church’s celebration of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on June 24.

    The second-century Protoevangelium of Saint James also confirms a late September conception of the Baptist since the work depicts Saint Zacharias as High Priest and as entering the Holy of Holies—not merely the holy place with the altar of incense. This is a factual mistake because Zacharias was not the high priest, but one of the chief priests.[iv]Still, the Protoevangelium regards Zacharias as a high priest and this associates him with the Day of Atonement, which lands on the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri (roughly the end of our September). Immediately after this entry into the temple and message of the Archangel Gabriel, Zacharias and Elizabeth conceive John the Baptist. Allowing for forty weeks of gestation, this places the birth of John the Baptist at the end of June—once again confirming the Catholic date for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on June 24.

    The rest of the dating is rather simple. We read that just after the Immaculate Virgin Mary conceived Christ, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist. This means that John the Baptist was six months older that our Lord Jesus Christ (Lk 1:24-27, 36). If you add six months to June 24 you get December 24-25 as the birthday of Christ. Then, if you subtract nine months from December 25 you get that the Annunciation was March 25. All the dates match up perfectly. So then, if John the Baptist was conceived shortly after the Jewish Day of the Atonement, then the traditional Catholic dates are essentially correct. The birth of Christ would be about or on December 25.

    Sacred Tradition also confirms December 25 as the birthday of the Son of God. The source of this ancient tradition is the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. Ask any mother about the birth of her children. She will not only give you the date of the birth, but she will be able to rattle off the time, the location, the weather, the weight of the baby, the length of the baby, and a number of other details. I’m the father of six blessed children, and while I sometimes forget these details—mea maxima culpa—my wife never does. You see, mothers never forget the details surrounding the births of their babies.

    Now ask yourself: Would the Blessed Virgin Mary ever forget the birth of her Son Jesus Christ who was conceived without human seed, proclaimed by angels, born in a miraculous way, and visited by Magi? She knew from the moment of His incarnation in her stainless womb that He was the Son of God and Messiah. Would she ever forget that day?[v]

    Next, ask yourself: Would the Apostles be interested in hearing Mary tell the story? Of course they would. Do you think the holy Apostle who wrote, “And the Word was made flesh,” was not interested in the minute details of His birth? Even when I walk around with our seven-month-old son, people always ask “How old is he?” or “When was he born?” Don’t you think people asked this question of Mary?

    So the exact birth date (December 25) and the time (midnight) would have been known in the first century. Moreover, the Apostles would have asked about it and would have, no doubt, commemorated the blessed event that both Saint Matthew and Saint Luke chronicle for us. In summary, it is completely reasonable to state that the early Christians both knew and commemorated the birth of Christ. Their source would have been His Immaculate Mother.
    Further testimony reveals that the Church Fathers claimed December 25 as the Birthday of Christ prior to the conversion of Constantine and the Roman Empire. The earliest record of this is that Pope Saint Telesphorus (reigned A.D. 126-137) instituted the tradition of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Although the Liber Pontificalis does not give us the date of Christmas, it assumes that the Pope was already celebrating Christmas and that a Mass at midnight was added. During this time, we also read the following words of Theophilus (A.D. 115-181), Catholic bishop of Caesarea in Palestine: “We ought to celebrate the birthday of Our Lord on what day soever the 25th of December shall happen.”[vi]

    Shortly thereafter in the second century, Saint Hippolytus (A.D. 170-240) wrote in passing that the birth of Christ occurred on December 25:

    The First Advent of our Lord in the flesh occurred when He was born in Bethlehem, was December 25th, a Wednesday, while Augustus was in his forty-second year, which is five thousand and five hundred years from Adam. He suffered in the thirty-third year, March 25th, Friday, the eighteenth year of Tiberius Caesar, while Rufus and Roubellion were Consuls.[vii]

    Also note in the quote above the special significance of March 25, which marks the death of Christ (March 25 was assumed to corresponded to the Hebrew month Nisan 14 – the traditional date of crucifixion).[viii] Christ, as the perfect man, was believed to have been conceived and died on the same day—March 25. In his Chronicon, Saint Hippolytus states that the earth was created on March 25, 5500 B.C. Thus, March 25 was identified by the Church Fathers as the Creation date of the universe, as the date of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Christ, and also as the date of the Death of Christ our Savior.

    In the Syrian Church, March 25 or the Feast of the Annunciation was seen as one of the most important feasts of the entire year. It denoted the day that God took up his abode in the womb of the Virgin. In fact, if the Annunciation and Good Friday came into conflict on the calendar, the Annunciation trumped it, so important was the day in Syrian tradition. It goes without saying that the Syrian Church preserved some of the most ancient Christian traditions and had a sweet and profound devotion for Mary and the Incarnation of Christ.

    Now then, March 25 was enshrined in the early Christian tradition, and from this date it is easy to discern the date of Christ’s birth. March 25 (Christ conceived by the Holy Ghost) plus nine months brings us to December 25 (the birth of Christ at Bethlehem).

    Saint Augustine confirms this tradition of March 25 as the Messianic conception and December 25 as His birth:

    For Christ is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also he suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th.[ix]
    In about A.D. 400, Saint Augustine also noted how the schismatic Donatists celebrated December 25 as the birth of Christ, but that the schismatics refused to celebrate Epiphany on January 6, since they regarded Epiphany as a new feast without a basis in Apostolic Tradition. The Donatist schism originated in A.D. 311 which may indicate that the Latin Church was celebrating a December 25 Christmas (but not a January 6 Epiphany) before A.D. 311. Whichever is the case, the liturgical celebration of Christ’s birth was commemorated in Rome on December 25 long before Christianity became legalized and long before our earliest record of a pagan feast for the birthday of the Unconquered Sun. For these reasons, it is reasonable and right to hold that Christ was born on December 25 in 1 B.C. and that he died and rose again in March of A.D. 33.

    (But the thing is, when I do it, it’s backed up by actual scholarship and primary sources, not “scientists” regurgitating memes with zero historical backing besides wishful thinking.)

  • Gee Damien, you sure seem to prefer playing the victim card. As for #2, no government employee of any religion can proselytize at schools. Christian students can proselytize til they’re blue in the face. As for #4, no religious monuments are allowed, not just 10 commandments ones. As for #8, those government clerk’s aren’t forced to do that. They are free to quit their jobs if unwilling to fulfill the oath they took, right?

  • Strictly speaking, aurora doesn’t mean dawn, but refers to Roman goddes of the dawn. The meaning .”dawn” Didn’t apply until centuries later. So Saith my mythology studies from centuries ago, or so they feel.

  • Better yet, don’t be sarcastic! Or at the least try wit instead. Does take a bit more effort. What possible reason do you have for using sarcasm when you are allowed to be truthful and express how you really feel? Are you in your 20’s or something? Its to prove to others you are cute and funny, right? To passive aggressively, lazily hide your inability or unwillingness to use wit behind… something…anything. Nice try Damien, but fairly pedestrian of you. Seriously, next time you have the urge to be sarcastic, quash it and be truthful and see how that sits with you. We could use a guy like you on our side, especially if you bag the immature, disrespectful, sarcasm. Don’t worry, people will still listen to you, AND respect you a whole lot more.

  • No, you’re not “tired”, you’re incapable of responding to anything you saw so you zoomed in on the most completely irrelevant detail to make a non sequitur remark.

  • Who stated anything about satire? Satire is notably different than sarcasm. Fine, don’t eliminate it completely, rather whenever you fail to get an occasional laugh to make a better point using wit instead.

  • Russia and South Korea should be on this list for unjust criminalization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Seizing property, declaring the Bible illegal and extremist! And arresting and detaining conscientious objectors! These are peaceful people and though you may not agree with them, they are being persecuted daily by the Russian orthodox church through the kremlin and the Korean government. It’s disgraceful.

  • Your source is highly unreliable! Placing India before Saudi Arabia (which has Sharia law as its constitution that prohibits public practice of any religion other than Islam) is itself a big blunder. In India, Christians practise their religion publicly & freely. They have converted a lot of Hindus too their faith by every sort of trick & by offering money, masking it as social service. Christian missionaries have targeted Hindu Gurus, they have started inculturation of Hindu practises (any Christian outside India would be surprised to see kind of churches built in India & the statues of Jesus which almost resemble Hindu temples & Gods: ). Hindu Gods & traditions have been reviled. Yet Hindus have been very tolerant. Recently, Govt has stopped foreign funding to Christian NGOs & that really made it difficult for Christian missionaries & has applied breaks to their conversion spree. Now that their happy days are gone & they have got no finances, they are resorting to building atrocity literature to defame India. Why do Christian missionaries always think of converting people claiming that their religion is the only true religion very much like the Islamic mullahs call it? They do it as if Hindus were pagans & aren’t cultured enough, while it is Hindus who have produced Sanskrit, Yoga, Ayurveda, some of the masterpieces in Art, Sciences & Literature (Ramayana & Mahabharata). Hindus are very much cultured, missionaries don’t have to carry the WhiteMan’s burden. Live & let live, don’t convert.

  • I do believe you need to revise this statement:
    The report states that approximately 215 million Christians now
    experience high or extreme levels of persecution. This number may be
    overinflated given Open Door’s vague and broad definition of
    persecution, which includes “any hostility experienced as a result of
    identification with Christ.”

    the report actually states that approximately 215 million Christians now experience “intimidation, prison, even death.”

    If you then go on to see how they comprise their report you can see there it is not “overinflated” at all.