On Monday, President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to host a U.N. meeting on religious freedom and urge global action to end the scourge of religious persecution, and in doing so he highlighted an important narrative missing in the mainstream media: the everyday risk Christians face around the globe. Despite media narratives otherwise, the most persecuted people in the world are Christians.
At the U.N., Trump called for religious freedom for all faiths, highlighting that approximately 80 percent of the world’s population lives in places where religious freedom is restricted or banned. According to both the British government and the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with members in 38 states worldwide, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians.
Between 2005 and 2015, there were 900,000 Christian martyrs worldwide — an average of 90,000 per year alone, according to a Christian research firm affiliated with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. According to both the British govt and the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with members in 38 states worldwide, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians.
You wouldn’t know this from the mainstream media, which accuses Christians each year of manufacturing a “War On Christmas.”
“We’re standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for following — just think of this, 11 Christians a day for following the teachings of Christ,” the president said at the U.N.
Yet despite the horror against Christians worldwide, the U.S. media runs headlines like “The war on Christians isn’t actually happening,” in the Boston Globe, and a HuffPost contributor accusing an author of manufacturing “a fictitious war,” against Christians. The New York Times and other outlets were shocked that Second Lady Karen Pence was teaching at a Christian private school with the same traditional nuclear family beliefs as the Jewish and Muslim faiths. Authors Marvin Olasky and Warren Cole Smith further exposed this media bias in their book, “Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media.”