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RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“Unprecedented” is the word the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) used to describe the global refugee situation in this year’s annual report.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Those three events may have been more dramatic and grabbed more headlines than most instances of violent persecution, but they were by no means isolated. Open Doors, an organization which advocates for persecuted Christians, estimated that between October 2019 and September 2020, over 4,700 Christians were killed around the world for their faith. There were also close to 6,000 incidents of arrests or abduction of Christians due to their religion. By their estimation, 340 million Christians live in countries where they are subject to persecution.
ANTI-RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDA
An 1838 manifesto, signed by hundreds of Missouri officials and business leaders, exposed the bitter heart of this campaign: “We believed them deluded fanatics, or weak and designing knaves...”
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The designation holds a special significance. According to Gayle Manchin, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “Nigeria is the first secular democracy that has been named a CPC, which demonstrates that we must be vigilant that all forms of governments respect religious freedom.”
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
If you live in America you might find this hard to believe. Most people here and in Western countries are accustomed to Christians being “the norm,” with religious bigotry and scorn reserved for newer or less “mainstream” faiths. But that analysis would be missing one critical element: almost all religions are a minority somewhere.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
It was one of those moments in which every single second seems to last a painful eternity.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
I know whereof I speak because I was an investigative reporter in the 1980s. I wandered into one of these camps in Randfontein, outside Johannesburg.
TOLERANCE
I have discovered through the school of hard knocks that the louder the false accuser the bigger their crime.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Religion, once a cornerstone of society in virtually every culture, is being eroded in modern times. Attacks on religious freedom in the U.S. have more than doubled since 2011, according to a recent report by First Liberty Institute.