Religion

Study: Christianity is "Close to Extinction" in Middle East

| by Michael Allen

A new study, entitled 'Christianophobia,' by the right-leaning British think tank Civitas, claims that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group, reports The Telegraph.

The study claims that Christian converts, from Islam, face execution in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran. Coverts also risk severe penalties in other Middle East countries, which are predominantly Muslim.

The study estimates that 200 million Christians are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”

The study's author, Rupert Shortt, a journalist and visiting fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, writes: “The blind spot displayed by governments and other influential players is causing them to squander a broader opportunity. Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.”

Hostility towards Christianity is rife in China, where more Christians are imprisoned than in any other country in the world, according to the report.

The report also warns that Christians in India have faced years of violence from Hindu extremists.