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While it is no secret that the so-called mainstream media habitually fails to report on the international phenomenon of Christian persecution, few are aware that they sometimes actively work to undermine the efforts of those who do expose it.

Consider a new report by the BBC titled “Are there really 100,000 new Christian martyrs every year?” by Ruth Alexander, who asks:

So  how widespread is anti-Christian violence?

“Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that every year an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are killed because of some relation to their faith,” Vatican spokesman Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi announced in a radio address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in  May.

On  the internet, the statistic has taken on a life of its own, popping up all over the place, sometimes with an additional detail-that these 100,000 lives are taken by Muslims.

The number comes originally from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the US state of Massachusetts, which publishes such a figure each year in its Status of Global Mission (see line 28).

Its researchers started by estimating the number of Christians who died as martyrs between 2000 and 2010-about one million by their reckoning-and divided that number by 10 to get an annual number, 100,000.

But how do they reach that figure of one million?

When you dig down, you see that the majority died in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo….

If you were to take away the 90,000 deaths in DR Congo from the CSGC’s figure of 100,000, that would leave 10,000 martyrs per year.

Later, after arguing that “while violence continues in DR Congo, it’s less extreme today than it was at its height,” Alexander quotes approximately 7,000-8,000 Christians worldwide dying for their faith (the CSGC projects 150,000 dead by 2025).

Regarding the statement “How do they [CSGC] reach that figure of one million? When you dig down, you see that the majority died in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it is unclear where Alexander got this information. She does provide a link to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity’s Status  of Global Mission, telling readers to “see line 28,” which indeed confirms the average number of 100,000 Christians martyred per year. However, nowhere in this CSGC report does the word “Congo” even appear, prompting one to ask where Alexander went to “dig down” for information.

If it is true that the number 100,000 is primarily based on the Congo, and that the real number is 7,000-8,000, the total number of Christians killed specifically because of their faith would seem to be reduced by a whopping  93%.

Of course, many human rights activists do indicate that Christians are specifically targeted in the Congo. Moreover, regarding the question of how many Christians are killed, Alexander herself later quotes  another source saying, “[T]here is no scientific number at the moment. It has not been researched and all experts in this area are very hesitant to give a figure.”

And this seems to be the real point. Of all the questions and aspects of Christian persecution that objective researchers and reporters can explore and expose, why did the BBC pick the very one that 1) cannot be answered and 2) is ultimately irrelevant — at best academic, at worst cold and callous? (The issue is less whether 100,000 Christians around the world are killed for their faith, but rather that any Christian, any human — even Alexander’s “paltry” 7,000 — is being killed for his or her faith.) 

The BBC naturally picked this “numbers” question because it best serves to minimize the specter of Christian persecution, specifically by prompting the casual reader to conclude,

“Oh, well, things are certainly nowhere near as bad as I thought for Christian minorities outside the West.”

More importantly — and here we reach BBC policy — it serves to exonerate the chief persecutor of Christians: the Islamic world.  As Alexander is quick to conclude, “[t]his means we can say right away that the internet rumours of Muslims being behind the killing of 100,000 Christian martyrs are nonsense.”

Incidentally, since when do numbers matter to the supposedly “humanitarian-conscious” BBC and other “liberal” media? Would the BBC ever write a report dedicated to trying to show that the number of Palestinians killed in the conflict with Israel is actually 93% lower than widely believed?

Of course not. When it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, far from minimizing anything, the BBC regularly exaggerates to demonize Israel.

And therein lies the main lesson. The BBC is in the business not of reporting facts, but rather of creating smokescreens, building and knocking down straw men, and chasing red herrings.  All this to further its narratives — in this case, that “only” 7,000-8,000 Christians are killed annually for their faith, and the Islamic world is largely innocent. So what’s all the fuss about?

Raymond  Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on  Christians.

American Thinker

Voice of the Persecuted wonders:
  • How Ms. Alexander would feel after receiving countless messages (from the large majority) afraid to ever go to the press or authorities for fear of further violence and oppression? Would she count these unreported incidents as persecution?
  • What would she think after reading message after message from Christians begging for help to get asylum, because they no longer believe they can ever be safe in their nation?
  • Would she in turn become of VOICE for those who sent her horrific pictures and stories of the severe persecution against them?
  • Would she beg others to pray with her when she realized this problem is growing rapidly with no end in sight?
  • Would she diminish their plight by claiming the issue is not as bad as we thought???
Earlier this year Candida Moss claimed the traditional idea of the “Age of Martyrdom” when early Christians suffered persecution from the Roman authorities and lived in fear of being thrown to the lions, is largely fictional. Though she agrees modern-day persecution is happening, we find it interesting at a time of increasing Christian persecution, stories like this are being written and published. The dismissals do more harm than good.
Regardless of what the main stream media agenda is, DON’T STOP PRAYING AND BEING CONCERNED FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS. It is happening—no matter how the ‘world’ tries to conceal and downplay it. The ‘Age of Martyrdom’ is NOW!
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2 Comments

  1. Thank you!! MANY are very grateful for what those who are on the front lines of this war, like you all, are doing!! Many more than you know!!
    God is using sites like yours so people all over the world, through one Tweet or Forward after another, in time, will make it such that even the main stream media WILL know the TRUTH!!
    Yes, I believe God is showing many Christians we are in the midst of a GREAT WORLD WIDE AWAKENING!! I heard that in Christian awakenings in the past, many people including those actively working to keep it going, didn’t realize they were in the MIDST of a GREAT AWAKENING until it was almost accomplished. Be encouraged, keep doing what you are doing, you are making a BIG difference!!
    You are hearing God’s voice and HE IS CAUSING your labor to bear MUCH fruit!!
    As we see with our natural eyes sooo MUCH negative at this time, we have even greater need to remember “God is LOVE” doing much to reach the deceived by the devil media (but not all in MSM are blinded, hallelujah!!) at the same time He is reaching in to comfort & rescue our Christian brethren who are so cruelly & perversely persecuted by other extremely deceived humans
    (are they humans?? hard to tell when people are so ‘controlled’ (Acts 26:18) by a viscous, sicko enemy obsessed with taking God’s place, as cruelly as he can—Satan himself!!)
    Be encouraged! You are doing MUCH to keep this GREAT WORLDWIDE AWAKENING going!!
    It would be hopeless, yes, absolutely impossible, except “Nothing is too difficult for the Lord!!” (Luke 1:37)

    With Jesus’ Compassion 4 America! (& the world!!)
    Love, Soteria Allen (& Jesus!!)

    My little blogs (but BIG God):
    http://www.Jesus2013Compassion4America.wordpress.com
    http://www.Jesus1000Compassion4America.blogspot.com

    • Thank you, Soteria for the encouragement. We are called by our God to speak out and fight the injustice against our Christian family, globally. They will not be forgotten. We will not let their stories be concealed. We will wake up the brethren and the Body of Christ will unite and be their VOICE…until the Lord’s return!

      May God bless and guide your path!

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