Study Examines Religious Oppression
When did people of faith around the world begin to define their callings as perfecting and enforcing the creeds of their faith rather than improving how people treat each other and the earth? Surely, attempts at pristine orthodoxy in any path are admirable only as long as the True Believer doesn’t start trying to force his or her conclusions on the rest of us!
Religious persecutions — always the worst within a faith against “heretics” — are giving the atheists plenty of ammunition to argue their point that religion makes the world worse, not better. As a believer myself, I find that embarrassing.
A new study by the non-denominational, non-partisan First Freedom Center has identified religious minorities in danger of being wiped out within the next 10 years. They include Orthodox Christians in Turkey, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eritrea, Jews in Arab lands, Jews in Venezuela, Nazarene Christians in Somalia, Masalit Muslims in Sudan, Christian Sabian Mandeans in Iraq. That list doesn’t include Baha’is in Iran, but that is certainly an endangered group.