On October 29, 2005, three Indonesian schoolgirls were beheaded as they walked to school - targeted because they were Christian. Like them, many Christians around the world suffer violence or discrimination for their faith. In fact, more Christians than people of any other faith group now live under threat. Why is this religious persecution so widely ignored?
Based on expert journalism and methodology Rupert Shortt's Christianophobia investigates the shocking treatment of Christians in countries throughout the world and exposes the extent of official collusion. Because Christian believers tend to not become radicalized, but resist nonviolently with a low profile--politicians and the media are able to play down the problem of persecution; a problem Shortt exposes as having massive dimensions. Replete with relevant historical background details that place modern persecution within its proper social and political contexts and that avoids sweeping generalizations or simplistic explanations, Rupert Shortt's work makes a compelling case that Christianity is under an intense global threat like no other faith.
Shortt demonstrates how freedom of belief is critical for all human freedoms in general. Published at a time when the fundamental importance of faith on the world stage is being recognized more urgently than ever, Christianophobia is essential reading for anyone interested in global politics and all people's right to religious freedom, no matter where, or among whom, they live.