There is no denying that persecution of Christians, other minority faiths, and nonbelievers in the Middle East is reaching fever pitch. Attacks from ISIS and the ongoing brutality of the Syrian Civil War have rendered literally half the population refugees, fleeing for their lives under abysmal conditions. Images of the crisis are horrific and haunting, to say the very least.
But reality is out of sync with the mainstream narrative.
Contrary to what politicians like Donald Trump may want you to believe, the bulk of the violence taking place overseas is not about Christian persecution; it’s about the government, rebels, ISIS, and Kurdish factions inflicting maximum damage to each other’s strongholds. Despite what Christian publication headlines might imply, the religious targeting that is taking place is not exclusive to Christians; the attacks have been against all kinds of people who are not Muslim.