In the wake of terror
This church in Ambon is one of many that have been demolished in Indonesia. Churches are continually being closed down or burned to prevent believers from worshipping. Photo courtesy of International Christian Concern
WASHINGTON (BP)--The list of suffering reads like Hebrews 11:32-39: churches seized, people dragged from meetings and beaten to death, seeing their homes destroyed, or being arrested for carrying Bibles.
Instead of 2,000 years ago, however, such horrors occur daily across the world, according to several organizations that track reports of religious persecution. The situation is so bad that Forum 18 -- an advocacy organization based in Oslo, Norway -- lists erosion of religious freedom the past 10 years as its leading concern.