Reasons For Persecution Caused By Religion

918 WordsNov 16, 20154 Pages
Persecution caused by religion has always existed, and in recent years has escalated to astonishing numbers. The persecution people face may be a simple, non-life-threatening incident such as being made fun of for your beliefs. However, in other more extreme cases people may be raped, beaten, or even killed due to their religious beliefs. The number of terrorist attacks in the name of religion is on the rise. About one person is killed every three minutes by different Islamic groups, totaling 450 people every day and 160,000 a year (“Christians Are Being Persecuted Worldwide”) From December 15, 2014, to January 13, 2015, there were seventeen attacks made by Islamic groups alone (“Terror Attacks”). African countries are seeing the most drastic changes. Groups such as al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram are raking havoc on many of the countries. Africa is home to fifty-four countries and of those, fifteen of them are ranked in the top fifty countries on the World Watch List (Merritt, Jonathan). “Almost 5,000 Christians were killed while more than 1,000 Christian churches were attacked due to faith-based ideologies, with several African countries seeing the largest increase in Christian persecution, an annual report on religious freedom said” (Ruse Ribaya, Rio). Somalia, ranked number two on the World Watch List, has a state religion of Islam, and converting to any other religion is illegal. The Islamic extremist group known as al-Shabaab, monitor the country
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