24 December 2012, 15:36

Christians appear to be most oppressed religious group – report

Christians appear to be most oppressed religious group – report

The think tank Civitas has claimed Christians are the most oppressed religious group in the world. In their report entitled Christianophobia they warn that the most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, and add that any related criticism in Muslim countries is hushed up over fears to be accused of “racism.”

The report mentions Freedom House's list of 20 countries judged to be “unfree” on the grounds of religious tolerance, where 12 of the countries listed are “Muslim-majority”.

Seven countries - Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan among them – have seen hundreds of attacks on Christians by religious fanatics over recent years.

According to the report, 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”

The report also points to that Christianity is seen as a “Western creed” threatening the state security in many countries, the oppression regimes in particular.

In China where more Christians are imprisoned than in any other country in the world, state hostility towards Christianity cannot be underestimated.

Voice of Russia, The Telegraph

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