Delusion: More Dems Think U.S. Muslims Mistreated Than Think Islamic World Mistreats Christians
A February Rasmussen report sheds light on just how divorced from reality millions of American liberal voters are. After pointing out that “Democrats are more likely to think Muslims are mistreated in America than to think Christians are persecuted in the Islamic world,” the report elaborates:
Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats, however, believe most Muslims in [America] are mistreated, a view shared by only 22% of Republicans and 39% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
Fewer Democrats (47%) think most Christians are mistreated in the Islamic world, compared to 76% of GOP voters and 64% of unaffiliateds.
Women are more likely than men to think most American Muslims are mistreated here but less likely to believe Christians are mistreated in the Islamic world. Nearly as many voters under 40 think most Muslims are mistreated in America (51%) as think most Christians are mistreated in the Muslim world (57%).
To put these dismal statistics in perspective, consider some facts. Open Doors, an international human rights organization that publishes annual reports concerning the global persecution of Christians, noted in its most recent report: “215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution.” During 2017, a reported 3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 abducted, and 1,020 raped or sexually harassed on account of their faith. And 793 churches were attacked or destroyed.
The overwhelming majority of this slaughter and destruction occurred in 50 nations -- 38 of which are Muslim-majority.
“Islamic oppression” is responsible for the “extreme persecution” of Christians -- meaning the abuse, rape, imprisonment, or slaughter of Christians on sight -- in eight of the worst ten nations. “Every day,” the organization added, “six women are raped, sexually harassed or are forced into marriage to a Muslim under threat of death due to their Christian faith.”
The above statistics are actually conservative. Based on the findings of the Italian-based Center for Studies on New Religions, “90,000 Christians died for their faith in 2016” alone, a great many under Islam.
It’s worth noting that the overwhelming majority of Muslims persecuting Christians are not “terrorists” (at least not formally), but rather come from all rungs of Muslim society.
Take Egypt, for example (the 17th worst nation where Christians experience “very high persecution”). According to the report, along with “violent religious groups,” two other segments of society are “Very Strong[ly]” responsible for the persecution: (1) “Non-Christian religious leaders” -- meaning Muslim clerics, sheikhs, imams, and the rest -- “at any level from local to national”; and (2) “Normal citizens (people from the general public), including mobs.”
Similarly, “officials at any level from local to national” are “strongly responsible” for the “oppression” of Egypt’s Christians, particularly “through their failure to vindicate the rights of Christians and also through their discriminatory acts which violate the fundamental rights of Christians.”