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Panel: U.S. ignoring increasing Christian persecution

State Department 'sent a dangerous message to rogue regimes the world over'

(IPT News) Christian persecution is on the rise throughout the Muslim world, and the United States is leading from behind on the issue, according to a panel that gathered at the Hudson Institute in Washington Wednesday to discuss the book, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians.

The U.S. State Department and Western governments have been largely silent on the issue of Christian persecution because of political correctness and multiculturalism, panelists said.

“If there is a hiker … abducted in Iran, the State Department has no hesitancy to come out and make a major issue of these cases, but it seems like when Christians are involved, they shy away, ” said panelist Nina Shea. “It is found in both Republican and Democratic administrations.”

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