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Persecution of millions of Christians not a 'niche concern'

by Premier Journalist

 

​The persecution charity Open Doors is calling on the oppression of practising Christians around the world to be a problem for everyone not just churchgoers. ​

​CEO Henrietta Blyth has said too often it's considered a 'niche concern'. ​

She said: "Speaking up for Christians imprisoned for speaking about their faith, or even meeting to worship, has been something seen as best left to churches."​​

But she said, standing up for millions suffering arrest, violence and oppression creates a more 'humane world' for everyone: "That is surely something that everyone can get behind."​

Her comments come as the charity celebrates it's 65th anniversary. ​

​Open Doors began in 1955 after Brother Andrew, a Dutch Christian missionary made a trip across the Iron Curtain into Poland. He felt called to support the persecuted church around the world and began smuggling bibles, writing about it in his book 'God's Smuggler'. ​

​Now the charity's calling on authorities to become better educated on the issue of religions oppression: "Western governments are so often blind to religion. Religious illiteracy has been tolerated in a way that ignorance about other issues would never be."​

​Today Open Doors operates in over 60 nations, offering support to persecuted Christian communities and advocating on their behalf to western governments.​

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