(NationalSentinel) Religion: As Easter 2017 arrives, it’s worth noting that in several parts of the world, Christians are the most persecuted religious group.
As reported by Breitbart News, the persecution has been rising in recent years, mostly due to violence committed by adherents to the Muslim faith:
In many parts of the world, Christians gathering to celebrate Christ’s resurrection do so with the knowledge that any day their faith could cost them their lives as it has for thousands of their brothers and sisters.
On Palm Sunday, twin bombings by jihadists at two Egyptian churches killed at least 45 worshippers and wounded more than 100 others in the latest of a long string of deadly attacks targeting Christians throughout the world.
The attacks were directed specifically to Christian in their houses of worship to avoid any ambiguity regarding the intent. As has been noted, this was “an attack on Christians simply because they are Christians.”
On Saturday, the Pakistan military said it has thwarted a “major terrorist attack” against Christians planned for Easter Sunday after a successful overnight raid just hours after Christians celebrated Good Friday services.
On Easter Sunday 2016, an Islamist militant took the lives of more than 70 people and injured over 320 more after detonating his suicide vest in a park in Lahore that was full of Christian families celebrating the feast.
In all, some 90,000 Christians around the world were killed last year simply because of their faith, according to a study from the Turin-based Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR).
That makes Christians the most-persecuted by far, the group noted.
Dr. Massimo Introvigne, told Breitbart News that whereas atheistic communist regimes were the greatest persecutors of Christians in the last century, “Islamic ultra-fundamentalism” has taken its place as the number-one agent of persecution.
On Easter 2015, Pope Francis reminded his faithful that Christians in the modern era are more persecuted than they were in the first centuries, as the Romans attempted to martyr all followers of the new faith.