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Silent scream: Media deaf to rampant persecution of Christians

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As Christians around the world gather to celebrate Christmas, thousands will be taking their lives in their own hands when they go to their places of worship.

Egyptian Coptic Christians protest attacks on Christians and churches in front of the state television building in Cairo. /AP

Recent news reports have drawn attention to church bombings in Nigeria and arrests of Christians in Iran.

Behind these cases is a dark and startling trend: Millions of Christians today are being persecuted for their faith.

In fact, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, according to religion writer Rupert Shortt, author of a new book called “Christianophobia” (Rider Books, $32) that builds on three years of research to detail the persecution most of the West never hears about.

About 200 million of the world’s Christians face violence and discrimination daily because of their faith, according to Mr. Shortt.

Read more at: http://times247.com/articles/43an-unseen-slaughter-christians-face-campaign-of-persecution9

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