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From verbal harassment to hanging, persecution for professing faith in Christ is as old as Christianity itself, often comingling with ethnic violence and geo-political conflict. In the 20th century, Christians in formerly Communist countries went underground with their faith, eventually gaining support and advocacy from missionary Brother Andrew and his Open Doors USA. Today the nonprofit compiles an annual list of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians; Muslim countries with stringent Shari’ah law comprise 8 of the top 10 worst.

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  • It’s hard to be a ‘Christian Arab’ in Israel, but not because of Jews | Observer
    A blacklist of priests and Christian leaders who support integration and cooperation with the State of Israel has been compiled, and pictures of leaders and youth who participated in IDF events have made their way into the Arab press, endangering their lives and encouraging violence.
  • Pakistani Christians Fight Back - The New York Times
    akistan’s undemocratic state has never accepted caste as a legitimate political category, preferring to use religion as an all-encompassing tool for mobilization. This has helped its dictators and autocrats amass power — prolonging their tenures, stifling dissent and building nuclear bombs. But it has undermined the country’s most vulnerable community twofold: Pakistani Christians have both lost their claim to caste-based affirmative action and acquired the hazardous, Taliban-baiting title of a “religious minority.”

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