(NYT Op-ed) Nicholas Kristof–Around the Globe Religious Freedom in Peril

A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

Muslim extremists in Iraq demand that Christians pay a tax or face crucifixion, according to the Iraqi government.

In Malaysia, courts ban some non-Muslims from using the word “Allah.”

In country after country, Islamic fundamentalists are measuring their own religious devotion by the degree to which they suppress or assault those they see as heretics, creating a human rights catastrophe as people are punished or murdered for their religious beliefs.

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2 comments on “(NYT Op-ed) Nicholas Kristof–Around the Globe Religious Freedom in Peril

  1. dwstroudmd+ says:


  2. Jeff Walton says:

    The author is extraordinarily careful to convey that Muslims are just as often the victims of religious persecution as Christians. We need to note, however, that it is overwhelmingly in Muslim-majority lands that these persecutions of religious minorities occur. The human rights watchdog Open Doors ranks religious persecution around the world, and nine of the ten worst offenders are all Muslim-majority countries, with North Korea the lone exception. While I understand that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, we need to acknowledge that there is an increasing problem of religious persecution in Muslim-majority countries that is unrivaled in its intensity in virtually any other society.