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Article in Christianity Today
tries to quantify persecution against Christians.
I won't argue with the horrible numbers, but I'd parse the list into two distinct segments.
Basic question: Who started the fight?
If you live in a country where Christianity has always been foreign and unwanted, you're starting the fight by declaring yourself to be a Christian. You know what to expect.
If you're a Christian in a country that has been default Christian for centuries, you should expect to be treated normally. A government that starts to persecute Christians is starting the fight.
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The article considers North Korea to be the worst offender. Nope. The rules are clear and constant, with no surprises or bait-n-switch. You know from birth that all religion is forbidden. When you declare yourself to be Christian, you are committing a crime by all the rules of culture and government, so you can't call the government's response persecution.
China is on the same side of the divide, though less violent. China has ALWAYS rejected Christian missionaries.
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On the other side of the divide, Syria and Iraq were part of Christianity from the start of the religion, and the Christians in those countries were a normal part of society until WE STARTED THE WARS to remove normal governments. Our ISIS subsidiary is wiping out Christians with tremendous efficiency.
US/UK/EU are on the same side though less violent. We have always been majority Christian, and Christians in those countries were a normal part of society until WE STARTED THE WAR to destroy Christianity. Our governments are destroying the people and culture of the country, though not nearly as effectively or thoroughly as our ISIS branch. Obviously they need to improve their performance.