“Christians remain the most persecuted group in the world and thus deserve special attention,” said U.S. Representative Chris Smith at a congressional hearing in Capitol Hill on February 11, 2014. Although American press rarely gives coverage to the campaign of persecution and murder, the persecution of Christians continues to be a worldwide problem that must be recognized and dealt with. It is a Holy war against Jesus Christ being played out on the world’s stage
Christians Face Increasing Persecution, Congressman Says
Amanda Murphy/ Religion News Service
The global persecution of Christians has gone from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday (Feb. 11).
Smith, a New Jersey Republican, along with other U.S. House subcommittee members and various speakers gave testimony about religious hostilities against Christians worldwide. Speakers noted that religious persecution violates basic human rights.
Smith likened the persecution of Christians in Iraq to genocide.
“Christians remain the most persecuted group in the world and thus deserve special attention,” he said.
Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that past administrations have not taken the issue of Christian persecution seriously enough.
“The system isn’t working properly,” said Abrams, who serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “It sends a message to other countries that we don’t care.”
Abrams held up several photos of Christians who had either been harassed or killed for their faith.
“These images reflect a disturbing reality,” he said.