ROME, November 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The 2010 “Report on Religious Freedom in the World” by the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) states that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, with at least 200 million people suffering from discrimination.So, one may argue, Christianity is not the only persecuted religion. But here's the catch: Somehow, in spite of all that alleged discrimination against Muslims and all the "islamophobia" that the left keeps talking about, Muslim schools in Britain are free to train teenage students to perform sharia-mandated amputations. Christians however better not count on the neighbors or the city hall to respect their religious feelings.
Noting that persecution that comes from other religions is particularly acute in some countries with a Muslim majority, Williams pointed to “places like Saudi Arabia where it’s impossible for any Christian or indeed any other group, non-Muslim group, to organize and to have open public prayer. We think of places like Somalia, or we think of Sudan.”
Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada, recalled the massacre of Syrian Catholic Christians in Baghdad on October 31, calling it “a reality that is sadly growing all over the world: religious freedom is more and more threatened.”
“While terrorists blasted through the group of faithful gathered for mass, witnesses of the attack reported a child, three years of age, crying out: ‘Enough, enough!’ He was shot at point blank range by the assailants, just as were 44 other people and two priests,” Lalonde said.
The ACN report also reveals that religious freedom has declined in the United States and Europe by the radicalization of secularism.
Spain is cited for its prohibition of religious symbols in public places, while France and Germany are mentioned for discrimination against Islamic communities and hostility toward the Catholic Church because of their position on family issues and defense of life.
Dec. 8 Update: Nativity scene has been vandalized - again. In Pakistan? In China? Nope. In Canada, in Toronto. If this was a mosque or some other religious shrine - everyone would be crying "hate crime". But lashing out against Christianity is apparently nothing but a mere sign of discontent; a socially acceptable act of rebellion against the "bad religion".