December 9, 2013

No, 100,000 Christians Won't Be Martyred

Tom Chivers, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

A chilling blog post by my colleague Alan Johnson this morning documents the horror of religious violence against Christians: there have been brutal stories, recently, about attacks on ancient Christian populations, in Iraq, in Syria, in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Alan's piece starts with a frequently repeated statistic which is, in fact, not true: "One hundred thousand Christians will be massacred this year because of their beliefs," as Jim Shannon, the Democratic Unionist Party MP, told the House of Commons. It's a figure which has been bandied around a lot in the last few years. But it is straightforwardly inaccurate.

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