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The simple fact is that Christians have seen significant persecution in modern history.
The Soviet Union wasn’t the only case of where the lives millions of Christians were extinguished. There were two more holocaust-level genocides of believing Christians.
The Armenian Genocide
The Armenian Genocide in Turkey is becoming more aware among the public as time goes on. Many, however, do not realize that a significant number of Amenians were Christians. Not only that, but the Genocide that took place during the earlier part of the 20th century also involved many Syrian Christians, Greek Orthodox and other Christian bodies.
Famously, Jevdet Bey was quoted by Ambassador Morgenthau as saying “I shall kill every Christian man, woman, and” (pointing to his knee) “every child, up to here”.
While it is hard to know the exact number of Christians killed during the Armenian Genocide, as a whole the number of those killed by the Turks is estimated to be around 1,500,000. One of the few estimates we were able to find came in with a estimate of 250,000 Christians being killed during this time. Additionally, many of those also killed during the Armenian Genocide were Jews.
Oppression in Korea
During the history of Korea, Christianity has been a very significant factor in life. Today Korea stands as one of several highly developed, highly Christian societies. Even though they are considered by many to be a Christian nation, Korea has suffered much persecution as well as well in it history. Mostly due to Atheist regimes in North Korea (After ww2) and Japan (During and before WW2).
During the Japanese occupation, after the annexation of 1910, the Japanese government grew increasingly opposed to Christian groups. During the mid-to-late 1910s, Japanese police sought to stop the spread of Christianity in Korea. This was mostly futile (although it did have an effect) as Christianity still continued to grow, albeit at a lessened pace through the 1920s. The Japanese saw most Korean Christians also as nationalists as many denominations were willing to send missionaries to Korea specifically and not Japan as a whole. Christian missionaries would regularly teach in native Korean languages, not Japanese, nor reverence for Showa. Furthermore, the belief of individual worth which developed into Minjung theology was hated by the Japanese police state as well.
North Korea, under the Sung & Kim regimes has also been very harsh towards Christians.
Mass murder of Christians in the 21st century.
While the threat of Christian persecution was very severe during the 20th century, the 21st is no exception by any means.
If reports that the town was largely razed to the ground and that hundreds or even as many as 2,000 civilians were killed are true, this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram’s ongoing onslaught against the civilian population.
This is not the only report out there of Christians being killed en-mass.
Sectarian tensions in Indonesia’s Maluku Islands are escalating according to church leaders who report the details of recent atrocities by radical Muslim groups and Indonesian military troops. About 3,000 people, most of them Christians, have died in the past 14 months as a result of religious violence, news reports say. The islands were once mostly Christian, but the Muslim population has increased in recent years with a “radical minority” causing unrest, news reports said. Christian clergy in North Maluku province and the island of Buru claim that ‘jihad troops’ determined to expunge Christians from the areas have slaughtered many believers and burned down churches and homes.”
An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.
Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.
South Korean press cited by The Daily Mail reported that Mr. Kim has charged that the 33 are attempting to overthrow the government — the same accusation that led to the execution of the North Korean leader’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and all Mr. Jang’s relatives.