Report Urges the UK Government Must Prevent Christian Persecution

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A report by the Foreign Office has put forth an advisory that the UK government be prepared to impose sanctions against countries which persecute Christians. In addition to this, the Foreign Office has also recommended that the government adopt a definition of anti-Christian discrimination and persecution similar to the definitions applied to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Foreign Office staff as well as British diplomats, abroad and in the UK, must undergo mandatory training in religious literacy so that they are equipped to understand the significance as well as the scale of the issue.

The report was approved by Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, to find out the nature and extent of Christian persecution as well make a note of the UK government’s response.

Mr. Hunt, who has a good chance of taking the place of Theresa May as Prime Minister, has said if he wins, he will implement the report’s recommendations. He explained his decision by saying that “The sense of misguided political correctness that has stopped us standing up for Christians overseas must end.” He went on to say that they all benefited from living in a tolerant as well as a diverse society while living at home and that they mustn’t be afraid of promoting those values while abroad. He elaborated by saying that “Christians are the most persecuted religious group in modern times,” and he is determined to show that he is on their side.

Mr. Hunt has said that Britain isn’t doing enough to match up to the “scale of the problem” and has warned that Christians are almost extinct in the Middle East.

The report has collected evidence which suggests that intimidation, as well as other acts of violence against Christians, are becoming “more widespread.” The report says that in certain places such as the Middle East and Africa, Christians are suffering genocide.

Many western elites have expressed their belief that Christianity is an expression of white western privilege. However, the truth is that the faith is concentrated in the global south, which has resulted in it being a phenomenon of the global poor.

Henrietta Blyth of the UK and Ireland offices of Open Doors has said that the UK government needs to act immediately and must focus its attention on countries where the situation is quickly deteriorating.

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