some say Christians/Christianity is the most persecuted religen, i believe Judaism is number 2.
it sures seems that people can mock Christians and Christianity without concern, what if we mock islam? will there be concern?.
seems to be a double standard forming even in the west, what do you think?
enough about us.
lets look globally.
Persecution of Christians as a consequence of professing their faith can be traced both historically and in the current era. Early Christians were persecuted for their faith, at the hands of both Jews from whose religion Christianity arose, and the Roman Empire which controlled much of the land early Christianity was distributed across. This continued from the 1st century until the early 4th, when the religion was legalized by Constantine I. Michael Gaddis wrote:
The Christian experience of violence during the pagan persecutions shaped the ideologies and practices that drove further religious conflicts over the course of the fourth and fifth centuries... The formative experience of martyrdom and persecution determined the ways in which later Christians would both use and experience violence under the Christian empire. Discourses of martyrdom and persecution formed the symbolic language through which Christians represented, justified, or denounced the use of violence."
Christian missionaries as well as the neophytes that they converted to Christianity have been the target of persecution, many times to the point of being martyred for their faith. There is also a history of individual Christian denominations suffering persecution at the hands of other Christians under the charge of heresy, particularly during the 16th century Protestant Reformation.
In the 20th century, Christians have been persecuted by Muslim groups, and by atheistic states such as the USSR and North Korea. Currently (as of 2010), as estimated by the Christian missionary organisation Open Doors UK, an estimated 1 million Christians face persecution, particularly in Muslim dominated countries like, Iran and Saudi Arabia.They also face persecution in atheistic states like North Korea in which there is no religious freedom for any religion. A recent study, cited by the Vatican, reported that 75 out of every 100 people killed due to religious hatred were Christian.
for some youtube vides on Christian persecution.
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