This brief video encapsulates a real problem: far too many Christians in Western countries know little about the grim reality of the persecution of Christians worldwide, and show scant concern for it. That is one primary reason why the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, has established this website. We hope to provide Orthodox Christians and Christians of all traditions with information about the scope and magnitude of this problem, and pray that the information we provide will spur lawmakers to act in support of the world’s embattled Christians.
Video: ‘Murder on a Genocidal Scale’: Why the US Church Needs to Wake Up to Scourge of Global Christian Persecution
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While about 30 percent of the world’s population identifies as Christian, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination are directed at Christians.Source: International Society for Human Rights
Christians face persecution in more than 60 Countries.Source: U.S. State Department
Millions of Christians face interrogation, arrest, torture, and/or death because of their religious convictions and cultural/ethnic identification.Source: Open Doors USA
Between 2007 and 2014, Christians have been targeted for harassment in more countries than any other religious group.Source: Pew Research
Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism.Source: Under Caesar’s Sword