LONDON: Persecution of Christians has turned out to be a global crisis declares Britain’s senior most Muslim politician.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi-Britain’s senior most Muslim politician has cautioned that that the persecution of Christians has become ‘a global crisis.’ Sayeeda Warsi-Minister for Faith explains the upsurge in the in attacks on Christians in the lacerated regions of Middle East and Asia including Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh- where they often become sitting ducks for religious extremists. She comes from a Pakistani based Muslim family maintains that so much so dismally Christian minorities are threatened by Muslim majorities in the very places that gave rise to Christianity.
Some extract is presented below from her open letter to L’Osservatore Romano- the official Vatican newspaper.
The bitterest irony of this persecution – ostracism, discrimination, abuse, forced conversion, torture and even murder – is that it is taking place in a region where Christianity has its roots. Sometimes these cases are examples of collective punishment: people lashing out at Christian minorities in response to events happening many miles away. Other times, a Christian is just a convenient ‘other’ – a scapegoat. The threat to religious freedom, I believe, has become a global crisis.’
The number of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013. Majority Muslim communities have a duty to defend Christian minorities. History teaches us that we have only defeated intolerance and hatred when we have all come together, whatever the cause. The majority communities need to defend the minorities.
What’s more, deteriorating states often times being wrecked by civil wars or persistent upheavals such Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen are time and again the most perilous for Christians. According to a report, they say that majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in the year 2013, came to pass by the agency of radical Muslims; both in Islamic countries such as Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen and in non-Muslim countries such as Kenya and Tanzania. According to an estimate, roughly 100 million Christians around the world suffered persecution for their faith in 2013.