posted on Apr, 11 2003 @ 03:06 AM
Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert amass an impressive body of evidence to substantiate their case, supplementing facts and figures with anecdotes that
describe in harrowing detail the experiences of actual victims. In doing so, they assemble a compendium of anti-Christian oppression that is
painstaking, comprehensive, and unsettling in its implications.
They begin their survey with the Islamic world. Careful to emphasize that Islam as such is not inherently hostile to Christianity, they nonetheless
describe repression on a vast scale: in the Sudan, where in the past decade "Islamization through genocide" has caused the death of between 1.5 and
3 million Christians; in Iran, where Christians endure conditions of "religious apartheid"; in Saudi Arabia, a valued strategic partner of the
United States, where "Christian worship is banned" and where it is "illegal to wear a cross or to utter a Christian prayer"; in Egypt, another
stalwart U.S. ally, where "militant Islamic groups are targeting Christians for murder, assault, theft, and destruction of property"; in Algeria,
where violent attacks on Catholic clergy have become routine; and in Pakistan, where blasphemy laws provide the rationale for "a reign of private
terror against Christians."
[Edited on 11-4-2003 by helen670]