Don’t let anybody tell you there isn’t a war against Christianity in the United States or all over the rest of the world.
It’s a major problem and a new study has found that it’s growing.
The new study found that during 2016, 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith around the world.
The study was done by Turin-based Center for Studies on New Religions, also known as CESNUR.
The director of CESNUR and the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Massimo Introvigne, said Christians are the most persecuted religious people in the world and the data of those affected is staggering.
Christians are targeted primarily for two reasons Introvigne said:
“First because their proclamation of peace disturbs more belligerent groups; and second, because their social teachings on life, family and poverty are opposed by powerful forces.”
Although the largest group to persecute Christians used to be atheistic communist regimes, the geopolitical landscape has changed and it’s now evolved.
While “Communism’s last salvoes” are still responsible for some of the persecution against Christians, Islamic ultra-fundamentalists have retaken first place as the most malicious against the religion.
According to Breitbart:
“Introvigne’s findings coincide with those of other scholars and human rights groups.
According to the 2016 ‘World Watch List,’ for example, published by the Open Doors organization, nine out of the top ten countries where Christians suffer “extreme persecution” had populations that are at least 50 percent Muslim.
The 2016 report found that ‘Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine’ of Christians in the world today and that ‘40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.’
Introvigne told Breitbart that in Nigeria, ‘over the last 12 years, the most reliable estimates assess at more than 10,000 the Christians killed by the Islamic ultra-fundamentalist organization Nigeria’s Boko Haram.’
Yet while some groups, like Boko Haram, are private organizations, in a number of countries, ‘persecution of Christians is actually promoted by the governments,’ Introvigne said.
‘Several Muslim countries still have laws punishing apostasy—converting from Islam to another religion,’ he noted. ‘Others have laws against blasphemy, and some tend to consider any criticism of Islam as blasphemy.’
While tens of thousands of Christians are killed for their faith, Introvigne said, they are just the tip of the iceberg and much persecution takes place on a daily basis that never makes news.
CESNUR’s annual study, which is slated for release next month, indicates that between 500 and 600 million Christians were in some way persecuted and prevented from freely practicing their faith.”
Of the 90,000 Christians murdered, nearly 30 percent were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution.
While speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo said the situation in Aleppo is even worse than in the rest of Syria, and that in five years alone, the Syrian Christian population has been reduced from 1.5 million to around 500,000 because of its civil war.
The city of Aleppo alone has seen its number of Christians reduced from 160,000 to around 40,000 because of persecution from Islamic terrorists.
Now the Catholic Church might be getting involved and they’re pondering sainthood for those Christians killed in areas under ISIS.