Wednesday May 27, 2020

There is no ‘war on Christians’

In the wake of the Sri Lanka suicide bombings, the media has been accused of downplaying the persecution of Christians. But the facts don’t bear this out

28th April, 2019
Officials inspect the destroyed St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka after last week’s bombing Pic: Getty

‘From the Middle East to parts of Asia and Africa, there is a war on Christians,” wrote the British political journalist Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept, in the wake of the Sri Lanka suicide bombings that targeted Christians at Easter services last Sunday.

“Christians today are the most persecuted religious community on the planet,” wrote the leading Catholic journalist, John L Allen, in the Washington Post.

“We are living through one...

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