Three Quarters of the World Lives Under Shadow of Religious Persecution

And in many places, it can get you killed.

The State Department released their annual report on religious freedom:

I edited this for length, but the original is worth a read at the link.

March 19 began as an ordinary day for 27-year old Farkhunda Malikzada. Farkhunda lived in Kabul, Afghanistan…

On March 19, Farkhunda’s dreams came to a tragic end when she was falsely accused of burning the Quran, an accusation that resulted in her brutal and senseless death.

A crowd quickly gathered to hear the incendiary accusations. Quran burning is a grave religious offense in many Islamic countries, where it is viewed as a form of blasphemy.

Farkhunda denied the accusations and tried to defend herself from the increasingly agitated mob. Before long, a member of the crowd urged the mob to take “justice” into its own hands and kill her. Some of the police nearby tried to intervene as the crowd began to beat Farkhunda and pull at her clothing. The police officers gave up, however, and watched as the crowd tormented and killed its victim. She was beaten with sticks and boards, kicked, run over by a car and dragged, thrown into a dry riverbed, stoned, and finally set on fire as bystanders recorded the crime and police watched every act of barbarity.

Christian Today (UK Site, not the big magazine)

Three-quarters of the world’s population suffer from severe restrictions on religious freedom, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

The 2015 International Religious Freedom Report released on August 10 said that a quarter of countries around the world, which account for about 75 per cent of the global population, curtail religious liberty through “government policies or the hostile acts of individuals, organizations, or societal groups.”

“Around the world, governments continued to tighten their regulatory grip on religious groups, and particularly on minority religious groups and religions which are viewed as not traditional to that specific country,” the report, which is released annually, said.

The full report tells what we know: Countries with Muslim populations, and those near ISIS/Da’esh strongholds are very dangerous places for Christians, Muslims of the wrong sect, and anybody in the wrong place and the wrong time.

I’m impressed that the US State Department highlighted a tragedy perpetrated by Muslims in the report.  Good on them.  Now, is anything going to happen?

Three Quarters of the World Lives Under Shadow of Religious Persecution

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