Newsweek Report—Christian Persecution Genocide Worse Today Than Any Other Time in History
Members of the New Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition Have a Shared Goal to Reduce and Deter Persecution of Christians Worldwide
WASHINGTON—According to a recent report in Newsweek, the persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history.”
The article cites a study by Aid to the Church in Need, which warns that the treatment of Christians has grown more violent than any other period in modern times and that Western governments are not doing enough to help. The countries studied include China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Turkey.
The Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition advocates on behalf of the 215 million Christians worldwide who are facing heavy persecution, and works to heighten awareness of this catastrophe and the urgent need to take action to end it.
For this purpose, STPC Coalition engages places of worship and provides free outdoor banners and educational kits so that those who attend worship services, or even pass by the church or synagogue, will be exposed to the reality of Christian persecution. The Coalition has a shared determination to help protect people persecuted worldwide who are suffering discrimination, torture, rape, slavery, banishment and murder—simply because they believe in Jesus Christ.
The STPC Coalition’s immediate task is to disseminate actionable information about ways in which the American people can help those being persecuted. One of the ways Americans can render support is by encouraging their worship leaders to visit www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org and join those who have already ordered the free kits and banners, which can be displayed in front of their place of worship.
This simple banner features the Arabic “nun” character, which has become an international symbol for the oppression of Christians ever since the Islamic State used this first letter of the Arabic word for “Nazarene” to designate homes of followers of Christ targeted for persecution.
Raising awareness is an important step, especially as such persecution currently occurs so routinely that it rarely makes headlines. For example, according to Open Doors, 255 Christians are killed worldwide every month. 104 Christians are abducted. 180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted or forced into marriage. 160 Christians are detained or imprisoned without trial. And 66 churches are attacked. Every month.
STPC Coalition seeks to create a movement akin to the one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—so as to impel policy changes that will hold the persecutors accountable and increase the costs for their crimes against humanity.