What Mehdi Hasan admitted bothers him most about the data is the fact that, with the exception of North Korea (No. 1) and India (No. 10), seven of the top 10 countries where Christians endure "extreme persecution" are Muslim-majority countries.
[Faithwire.com] Christians are—by the numbers—the most persecuted demographic around the globe. But if you only listen to those on the left, you might have quite a different and, unfortunately, naive impression. (Image: Mehdi Hasan-Twitter profile)
Thatís exactly what Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan, who is Muslim, admitted Monday in a column published one day after a series of deadly bombs went off at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, claiming the lives of nearly 300 people, a handful of whom were Americans.
Hasan wrote heís "embarrassed to have to admit that in both Muslim and left circles, the issue of Christian persecution has been downplayed and even ignored for far too long."
The writer referenced a quote from Guardian columnist Giles Fraser, who argued, in the context of Sundayís terrorist attack, progressives seem to believe Christians "had it coming," arguing many on the left associate Christianity with political conservatism.
"They associate Christianity with popes and their armies, with crusades and inquisitions, with anti-Semitism, British imperialism, Trump supporters and abortion protesters," Fraser explained.
According to data from the Pew Research Center, which Hasan referenced in his column, Christians are the No. 1 target of persecution internationally. They face persecution in 144 countries followed by Muslims in 142. The Christian nonprofit watchdog Open Doors has a running list of the top 50 countries in which Christians experience "high levels of persecution."
My colleague Will Maule has compiled a list of deadly attacks on Christians, all but one of which happened in the first four months of 2019. Yet if you reach back in your recent memory, itís unlikely youíll remember these bloody assaults, because rarely do they garner the kind of attention from the mainstream media they undoubtedly deserve... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
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