Pakistan among worst places for Christian persecution
The study found Islamic extremism was responsible for increased hostility in 14 of the top 20 counties on its list.
And the research discovered followers of Jesus living in India were faced with a “very high” level of persecution as “Hindu nationalists batter the churches”.
The tyrant’s family are worshipped like gods and any suggestion there is a higher authority than the supreme leader is “immediately crushed”.
And the Open Doors study cites a horrific case from 2016 when at least 12 Christians were killed after their faith was discovered.
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The study ranked India 15th on its list because it says there are efforts to impose national anti-conversion laws to prevent anyone from practicing anything other than Hinduism.
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The world’s most populous country is home to an estimated 97.2million Christians and Open Doors says “a considerable number” of those are still imprisoned for practicing their faith.
The study says: “Violence is at a very high level and is increasing.
“Church meetings continue to be disrupted in several provinces.
“Churches were also closed and landlords pressured to stop renting premises to Christians.”
- Islamic extremism – attempts to bring the country or the world under the ‘House of Islam’ through violent or non-violent actions
- Religious nationalism – attempts to conquer the nation for one’s religion. Mainly Hinduism and Buddhism, but also Orthodox Judaism or other religions
- Ethnic antagonism – attempts to force the continuing influence of age-old norms and values shaped in ‘tribal’ context. Often comes in the form of traditional religion or something similar
- Denominational protectionism – attempts to maintain one’s Christian denomination as the only legitimate or dominant expression of Christianity in the country. In most cases this Christian denomination is the majority Christian denomination
- Communist and post-Communist oppression – attempts to maintain Communism as a prescriptive ideology and/or controls the church through a system of registration and oversight that has come from Communism
- Secular intolerance – attempts to eradicate religion from the public and private domain, and imposes an atheistic form of secularism as a new governing ideology
- Organised corruption and crime – attempts to create a climate of impunity, anarchy and corruption as a means for self-enrichment
- Dictatorial paranoia – does anything to maintain power; not specifically focused on realising a vision.