Christians are “by far the most persecuted” religious group in the world due to historically unprecedented persecution from governments and hate groups in more than half a dozen countries, a report from the British government concluded.
According to the report, Christians are being driven out in droves from the Middle East, where Christianity’s “roots go back furthest.”
As Daily Mail reports, the Bishop of Truro, the Right Rev Philip Mounstephen found Christian persecution today is worse than it has ever been throughout all of history.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “political correctness” is to blame for much of the Christian persecution, what he called the “forgotten persecution.”
Daily Mail reports the number of Christians persecuted around the world totals 245 million, with an additional 30 million rise every year:
Hunt said he would use Britain’s diplomatic influence to defend Christians where they were under attack for their faith, and admitted the problem was sometimes neglected due to ‘misplaced worry’ that confronting it would be interpreted as ‘colonialist.’
The bishop said the study found Christians are ‘harassed’ in more countries than any other religious group, and especially in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa. His report found 245million Christians now suffer ‘high levels of persecution’ in 50 countries, a rise of 30 million year on year.
In particular, they have been attacked by extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-eastern Nigeria and the Philippines, as well as in India and China. He added that the Middle East is witnessing the ‘decimation of some of the faith group’s oldest and most enduring communities’ and called for ‘urgent government support.’
“I think we’ve all been asleep on the watch when it comes to the persecution of Christians,” Hunt previously said during his five-day tour of Africa. “I think we have shied away from talking about Christian persecution because we are a Christian country and we have a colonial past.”
“I think it is partly because of political correctness we have avoided confronting this issue. I think there is a misplaced worry that it is colonialist to talk about a religion that was associated with colonial powers,” he continued.