An expert on the Middle East whose concern is human rights for Christians and religious minorities says oppressive countries could pay a price for persecuting believers.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a division of the U.S. State Department, has released its annual report on persecution that shows a serious increase in persecution of people of faith, including Christians, in many nations. Claire Evans of International Christian Concern (ICC) says persecution against Christians is a part of daily life in countries like Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and acutely in Egypt.
"Persecution exists on a very strong community level that discriminates against you in every aspect of society," she reports.
Mob attacks against entire Christian communities are common, churches are closed, and believers are basically constricted to breathe.
"In China, because they're wanting to promote a type of atheism that builds up and strengthens the regime, Christians, Muslims, [and] anyone who is not in common line with the Communist ideology is seen as a threat," Evans Tells OneNewsNow, as China is at the top rung of the list again. "So unfortunately, you are seeing things in China where the Church is being cracked down upon. They're being put into internment camps."
The latest report is making an impact, though, with the U.S. sending humanitarian aid to countries that are making an effort to eradicate persecution. Also, being on the list is a source of embarrassment for some of the countries.