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Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians Paperback – March 11, 2013
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Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, Washington, D.C. He is the award-winning author of more than twenty books and has spoken on religious freedom, international relations, and radical Islam before Congress and the U.S. State Department and in many other nations.
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Across the world, and for all sorts of reasons, Christians are being persecuted. Some are being murdered. Many are fleeing countries where Christian groups lived for thousands of years.
Take India. Christians make up a minority in that Hindu nation - only about 30 million, and there is rising tension between Hindus and those who convert to Christianity, or seek to teach others Christianity. Many of the Dalits, the Untouchables, want to convert because of their caste in Hinduism places them at the bottom of the society, with few opportunities for advancement.
"In 2008, there was an explosion of violence against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa...Among those killed was a schoolteacher...a pastor and seven villagers...A nun was raped" (p 90)and schools, churches, and homes were burned or destroyed. Thousands fled.
According to the book, "the most widespread persecution of Christians today takes place in the Muslim world,
Even in Turkey, "Bishop Padovese was stabbed to death and nearly decapitated" (p 140) by his driver. In Egypt today, the community of Copts - a community formed very soon after the start of Christianity, and therefore, even more ancient than Islam in the area - is under increasing attacks.
One problem is the very different cultural perspectives with regard to human rights. Conversion to Christianity from Islam is strictly prohibited.
"Iran is one of the world's worst religious persecutors" (p 171). Frequently, repression is severest around a Christian holiday, such as Christmas. In "2010 security forces raided Christian homes in Tehran...homes were ransacked, looted" (p 175) and 30 or 40 people arrested.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram has murdered hundreds of Christians, burned churches, and tried to force all Christians from the country. In 2012, the group warned Christians living in the north that they had three days to evacuate their homes and villages or they would be killed.
Buddhists in Burma and Sri Lanka have also persecuted Christians.
This is a book that will make you cry.
This book is not especially well written, but it is well documented, and the information presented is compelling. It is important information for Christians and non-Chrristians.