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Christian persecution worldwide – voted by WorldNetDaily’s editors as the most underreported news story of the last year – is the focus of the March 2002 issue of WND’s acclaimed monthly print magazine, Whistleblower.
“This report is about a spiritual plague,” writes Paul Marshall, one of the world’s leading experts on religious persecution, and author of two articles in this riveting special issue. “It tells of massacre, rape, torture, slavery, beatings, mutilations, and imprisonment. It also tells of pervasive patterns of extortion, harassment, family division, and crippling discrimination in employment and education. This plague affects over 200 million people, with an additional 400 million suffering from discrimination and legal impediments.”
Titled “PERSECUTION: The untold story of intimidation, torture, imprisonment and murder of Christians worldwide,” the March issue comprehensively documents this soul-numbing story that has inexplicably been all but absent from the daily news coverage of the Western establishment press.
Bolstered by over two dozen riveting photographs, this issue of Whistleblower transports readers to the front lines of a war most didn’t even know existed.
Indeed, “Christian persecution” sounds like something from the distant past – conjuring up images of the early followers of Jesus being thrown to the lions, and various apostles being crucified or otherwise martyred for their faith. In reality, more Christians have died for their beliefs in the last century than in all other past centuries combined.
Today, particularly in the wake of the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, that persecution is on the increase – due to retribution against Christians exacted by Islamic militants.
The Islamic world is a hostile place for Christians: In Saudi Arabia, for instance, Christianity is illegal, and conversion from Islam is punishable by death. In Pakistan, the death penalty is prescribed for anyone who “blasphemes” Islam – something that occurs automatically during Christian evangelism. In Egypt and elsewhere, Christian girls have acid thrown in their face by Islamic extremists if they refuse to convert to Islam, or are raped, or worse. At best, in the more enlightened Islamic societies, Christians (as well as Jews) are second-class citizens, have a special tax imposed upon them, and do not share the rights of Muslims.
The communist world is no better. According to recent reports from groups monitoring religious persecution, the Chinese government is cracking down as never before on “underground” Christians – those who do not join the “official” Chinese churches. The Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China published what it said were official documents – implicating top-level Chinese leaders – that outline a campaign that includes torture to stamp out independent worship. Researchers said that in “house churches” (those not sanctioned by the totalitarian government) in 20 provinces, 129 people had been killed recently, 23,686 arrested and 4,014 sentenced to “re-education.”
This comprehensive issue of Whistleblower, dedicated cover-to-cover to shedding light on Christian persecution worldwide, also focuses on what can be done, and indeed is being done by courageous organizations and individuals, to stop this modern-day plague, and how readers can join that fight.
Finally, as an Easter bonus, we’ve put together a very special section titled “The first Christian martyr” – in-depth look at the Shroud of Turin. Complete with five stunning, high-quality photographs, this special report documents the latest evidence that the Shroud is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.