Religious Intolerance: Christians, Muslims, And Hindus

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As we approach a new era; religious intolerance has grown to be a wide spread epidemic throughout religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Christians have been persecuted by the Roman Empire and Gaul in earlier centuries and still to present day being tortured by members in the Far East, Islamic world, and Asia. Historically, Hindus have been oppressed by Christians and Muslims since the 1300s and still struggle with their freedom in countries such as Pakistan and Russia. Other members of the Islamic faith have been tyrannized by Arabians since the time of Muhammad and still to this day being discriminated in Europe.
There were many reasons which led to the hate of Christians. “They were regarded as being unpatriotic. While among Romans it was considered the highest honor to possess the privileges of Roman citizenship, the Christians announced that they were citizens of heaven. They shrank from public office and military service (Guizot).” Because “the ancient religion of Rome was an adjunct of state dignity and ceremonial (Guizot).” Christians were viewed as being disrespectful to Roman religion. “It was hallowed by a thousand traditional and patriotic associations. The Christians regarded its rites and its popular assemblies with contempt and abhorrence. The Romans viewed the secret meetings of the Christians with suspicion, and accused them of abominable excesses and crime (Guizot).” The suspension generated false accusations and injustice toward Christians in Rome.
“When Christianity began to penetrate into Gaul, it encountered there two religions very different one from the other, and infinitely more different from the Christian religion; these were Druidism and paganism (Guizot).” Christians were treated with “force, [by] the pagan mob, in its brutality or fanatical superstition, added to imperial rigor its own atrocious and cynical excesses (Guizot).” Christian continued to be terrorized “during the third century, the common practice of the emperors in all parts of the empire: from A.D. 202 to 312 (Guizot).”
In the 21st century, Christians are being detained in the Far East, killed in the Islamic world and oppressed in Asia. In an online article it was stated that “An Australian missionary John Short, 75, was arrested by North Korean authorities on Sunday in the nation’s capital, Pyongyang. John, a career missionary based in Hong Kong, was traveling to the reclusive nation with a tour group and was carrying Christian literature translated in Korean. (Morgan)” Also in the Far East Christians “have allegedly given to President Assad in Syria and to the Egyptian army in deposing President Morsi in Egypt has made them increasing the target of violence, with churches assaulted, priest abducted, individual targeted and homes looted (Morgan).” In other countries such as Asia, a pastor and his wife was beaten for defending their right to worship Sri Lanka. All over the world Christians still find it difficult to worship God...

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