Christians most persecuted religious group in the world


  • Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for Foreign Secretary reveals intensity of global Christian persecution
  • Calls for more commitment from Foreign Office in protecting persecuted religious minorities

LONDON (15 July 2019) – Today, the “Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians” was presented. It included an extensive review of the extent of persecution of Christians all over the world along with recommendations to the UK Foreign Office on protecting freedom of religion. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt established the independent review in response to a recent increase in the global persecution of Christians.

“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. We welcome the report of the Bishop of Truro and the efforts of the Foreign Secretary in creating awareness around the plight of persecuted Christians all over the world. Christians are the most persecuted religious group and it is time that the UK government no longer turn a blind eye to this fact but commits to protecting their rights. The report outlines human rights abuses including extreme violence, threats, enslavement, kidnappings, rape, and even genocide.

Though often perpetrated by non-state actors, the persecution of Christians also happens at the hands of governments. We urge the international community to call out these governments on their violations and take action against such behavior. All states must ensure that their laws and policies are in line with their commitments to protect religious freedom under international law. If taken seriously and acted on, this report is a first step of genuine action in protecting persecuted Christians all over the world,” said Ryan Christopher, Senior Policy Officer for ADF International in London.

Report shows shocking reality of Christian persecution

The report reveals the details of Christian persecution and the lack of response by the UK and other European countries. It states that “the overwhelming majority (estimated at 80 per cent) of persecuted religious believers are Christian.” Following these observations, it illustrates the degree of persecution perpetrated by both non-state and state actors drawing on examples from Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Extremes like violence, threats, enslavement, rape, executions, blasphemy laws, anti-conversion laws, church demolitions, forced disappearances, and even genocide are described in detail. The report calls for better religious literacy in the Foreign Service and the prioritization of countering Christian persecution in UK foreign policy.

Read more about ADF International’s response to the report in this Spiked commentary.


‘Iron curtain’ of religious persecution must end, says US religious freedom rep

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Liu Ande, 62, prays during Sunday Mass at the official Catholic Church in Yingtan.Reuters

The US’ religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback made an impassioned plea to people of faith on Tuesday to fight for their liberties and those of others suffering for their faith worldwide.

He was speaking at the State Department’s Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, which has brought around 1,000 leaders from religious and civic groups to Washington DC this week.

Brownback called on them to be a part of a new “global grassroots movement” to advance religious liberty as he said that the “iron curtain” of persecution needed to “come down now”, the Catholic News Agency reports.

“We need your activism. We need your passion. We need you to boldly fight for religious freedom,” he told them. “As united we do stand, divided we fall – and often we fall in catastrophic, and sometimes even genocidal, ways.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also present at the summit and echoed the call from Brownback by asking those in attendance to get the ball rolling by forming “religious freedom roundtables” in their own countries.

“All people must be permitted to practise their faith openly,” he said.

In comments made ahead of the ministerial to Religion News Service, Brownback singled out China and Iran for particular criticism.

“The Chinese have been pushing back on this area; the Iranians have no remorse or thought that what (they are) doing to the Baha’is or Jews or Christians is wrong,” he said.

“And so we thought while we’re trying to build a movement we need to get as many like-mindeds on board as we can.”

He said he wanted to see people of faith support each other.

“We’re trying to get religions to stand for each other,” he said. “A religion that’s a majority someplace is a minority someplace else, and you need to stand up for each other’s fundamental right to have religious freedom.”


YouTube star ‘Ninja’ says doctors urged parents to abort him, thanks mom for choosing life

One of the world’s most famous gamers, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, revealed — while streaming “Fortnite” on Twitch — that his mom chose life after doctors were pressuring her to get an abortion.

Ninja, who has more than 14 million followers on Twitch and over 22 million on YouTube and reportedly made $10 million last year, surprised his viewers on his 28th birthday, telling them about his birth story and how grateful he is for his mom’s choice, according to Live Action.


“Those of you guys who don’t know, I was not supposed to be born, essentially,” Ninja said in a June 5 video, which was posted by pro-life activist Jason Jones.

Jones said he found out about the video after his son told him about it.

“A lot of the doctors told my mom that I had spina bifida or Down syndrome or a number of diseases and that I should be aborted,” he said.

The most famous online streamer said his mom said “no” to all the doctors until she found one that was on board.

“I was born,” the youngest brother of three shared. “Nothing wrong with me. My mom is a saint and an angel and I love her to death.


Before signing off and thanking his followers for the birthday wishes, Ninja said: “And it’s one of those things where had she listened to one of those doctors or even one of those people, you guys wouldn’t be here. No one would be in this room.”

Ninja, who is married to his manager, Jessica Goch, was surprised by his mom during a “Sports Center” special on Mother’s Day, after he wrote a letter and was recording a video message for her.

“You always taught me that God has a plan, and for that I thank you so much and I love you so much for that,” he shared. Then his mom surprised him and the two hugged and cried together. “Mom, all I want to do is keep being the man you raised me to be and bring as much joy into other people’s lives as you do into others every day.”


His mom, Cynthia Blevins, told him: “I love you son. I’m so proud of you.”

A British mother of a son with Down syndrome is suing the National Health Service in a “wrongful birth” case, alleging they denied her the prenatal test to find out if her child would have it and, if so, she would’ve aborted him.


Other celebrities who have said their mothers chose life include Jack Nicholson, Nick Cannon, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and Eminem.