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Is it True That Muslims Are Killing 100,000 Christians Every Year?


The death of even one innocent soul is a tragedy for humanity. The discrimination and in some cases persecution of any religious group is no doubt an affront to Islam but many Christian websites and Islamophobic groups are guilty of ratcheting up hostility and fears of Islam and Muslims with dubious stats that not only don’t tell the whole story but skew reality.

By Ruth Alexander BBC

It’s often claimed that 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their religion. Earlier this year, the Vatican called it a credible number. But is it?

Gunmen on motorcycles kill three people when they open fire on a wedding outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. A twin-suicide bombing outside a church in Pakistan kills at least 75 people.

These two recent headline-grabbing attacks occurred within just a month of each other. Horrific, but by no means isolated incidents.

So how widespread is anti-Christian violence?

“Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that every year an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are killed because of some relation to their faith,” Vatican spokesman Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi announced in a radio address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May.

On the internet, the statistic has taken on a life of its own, popping up all over the place, sometimes with an additional detail – that these 100,000 lives are taken by Muslims.

The number comes originally from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the US state of Massachusetts, which publishes such a figure each year in its Status of Global Mission (see line 28).

Its researchers started by estimating the number of Christians who died as martyrs between 2000 and 2010 – about one million by their reckoning – and divided that number by 10 to get an annual number, 100,000.

But how do they reach that figure of one million?

When you dig down, you see that the majority died in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than four million are estimated to have been killed in that war between 2000 and 2010, and CSGC counts 900,000 of them – or 20% – as martyrs.

Over 10 years, that averages out at 90,000 per year.

So when you hear that 100,000 Christians are dying for their faith, you need to keep in mind that the vast majority – 90,000 – are people who were killed in DR Congo.

This means we can say right away that the internet rumours of Muslims being behind the killing of 100,000 Christian martyrs are nonsense. The DRC is a Christian country. In the civil war, Christians were killing Christians.

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  • The greenmantle

    Do you think you are the first person to come to this site spouting such hate filled tripe?
    In case you have failed to both to look on other threads on this site I doubt you are even the 1001st nothing you have cut And pasted is new And frankly its all getting a bit boring
    Begone troll

    Sir David

  • Gillian

    This is from a friend of mine whose family are Muslims and he converted to Christianity. He is extremely knowledgeable about Islam.

    With all of the hateful, violent, anti-Christian teaching in the Qur’an, it is of no surprise that pious Muslims will commit such atrocities. But since schools, media and government have banded together to proclaim the lie that “Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance” and “Christians are the bad ones”, then hardly anyone will learn that genocide against Christians is taking place. And if they do learn of it, it is explained away as “a few extremists who have nothing to do with the true teachings of Islam.” A society ignorant of the doctrine of Islam found in the Qur’an, Sunna and other authoritative Islamic writings will easily be misled into believing terrorism against Christians by Muslims has nothing to do with Islam, when such terrorism has everything to do with Islam:

    Qur’an 3:110 – Muslims are the best of peoples
    Qur’an 98:6 – Christians are the worst of creatures
    Qur’an 8:55 – Christians are the vilest of animals
    Qur’an 9:28 – Christians are filthy
    Qur’an 9:29 – Christians need to be fought against until they become Muslim, accept they are inferior, or are killed
    Qur’an 9:30-31 – Christians are inaccurately accused, along with Jews, of being polytheists, which makes them Qur’an-sanctioned targets of pious Muslims

  • Gillian

    David, you are typical of the people who use the word troll to indicate that you are incapable of reading or understanding a thing. You are too busy licking Muslim backsides to even attempt to understand what is written. If you were capable then you would present a reasoned argument. Try starting with RAWA, as above, and explain to me how Muslim women & children are not abused, ill treated and scared. Then you could look at the information on Sweden and explain where the police there have got it wrong.

  • Gillian

    If you have ever read the Koran you would know that the statement “The Muslims” is actually correct, any and all Muslims must kill or enslave any non-Muslim. In Arabic, the word “Islam” means “submission” or “surrender” and this is to the Allah. However, not all Muslims accept or behave like this and many are average and decent people who are happy to be part of the community. If you want to look at percentages, the vast majority live in Muslim controlled countries, not just in the Middle East (where there are well over 20 million slaves) but in Africa and Indonesia, Malaysia and Eastern Europe. This religion is now spreading across Europe and America. A good country to look at is Sweden where the numbers of Muslims are growing and the police state that almost all rapes are committed by Muslims because they regard non-Muslims as white meat.

    Muslim women and children suffer abuses (which you have totally ignored in my statements) and their lives are made miserable and, in the case of girls, often very short as they are married off at the age of 8 years old. In many parts of Europe there are now no-go areas controlled by Muslims who want to enforce Sharia law and I have yet to hear any moderate Muslim speak out against that or the abuses heaped on those who do not conform.

    If you do not want to use the original version then I cannot accept it as support. Nor do I accept extremists in any religion as reliable nor their personal opinions. As for whether you dislike the sources I use, I only use reputable ones. You may not like the author but they are solely objected to by those who support Islam, the authors who are ex-Muslim are incredibly brave to speak out as they usually have fatwas on their heads such as Salman Rushti.

    I would also ask you the last time Presbyterians rioted.

    I am sure that many are going to call me a troll or racist because they cannot cope with the truth. I have spent many years working in human rights and the vast majority happen in Muslim controlled countries. If anyone wants to become involved (ha ha – that would mean accepting that Muslims do abuse etc) then start with this Do let me know how you get on!

  • The greenmantle

    If you had bothered to read what was written above then you would see that your statements contain so much bias as to render them untrue . I will change my analaysis to

    Troll Alert
    but dont panic cause its not a dangerous one . This one cannot be bothered to read
    Sir David

  • Gillian

    Laila, that is not what this conversation is about, it is about the number of people that Muslims may have killed/murdered and over what period of time.

  • Gillian

    So when you dislike the truthful information presented with sources then that person is a troll, what an interesting and incorrect definition.

  • Gillian

    The Muslims are killing, murdering raping and abusing any and all non-Muslims as well as Muslim children, women & some men, especially gays and apostates. I am not disagreeing with that merely using a loonwatch page. Please use the original version as substantiation.

  • Gillian

    Giving quotes from loonwatch is not substantiating your point of view.

  • The greenmantle

    Troll Alert
    but dont panic cause its not a dangerous one . This one cannot read
    Sir David

  • Gillian

    I don’t know if the figure is 10,000 or more but consider the continual and ongoing attacks on Christians by Muslims worldwide most of which are not reported.

    Hundreds of Christians killed in Nigeria in last six months – reports

    Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2013

    Christmas bombings kill 34 in Iraq

  • disqus_Hkjtb7dDLr

    Yes they are murdering babies even in Syria by the hundreds, and photos have been found and sent to the UN, where the guilty are found will face international human rights courts, same as what happened to the Nazis in WW2

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  • Tanveer Khan

    It’s ok, old bean! What, what? Pip! Pip!


  • Yausari

    In the past they’ve been pro Israel and anti-Palestinians

  • Sam Bin Ismail

    whats up with some Christian extremists and numbers? there was 6 million Muslims converting to Christianity every year in Africa. Well I guess it the same kind of credible source aswell

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  • Tanveer Khan

    What’s wrong with the BBC?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    An obvious “no” if there ever was one. Unfortunately such beliefs are prevalent and have to be corrected. Also the very real and horrific attacks that make for sensational headlines adversely effect attempts to counter such beliefs which then feed dominant narratives.

  • Yausari

    I keep hearing this nonsense bout muslims prosecuting christians killing them everywhere around the world over youtube. Never thought BBC would be the one clearing this rumour.

  • mindy1

    How sad, killing an innocent is wrong, but to exploit the truly persecuted for this is pathetic :(((

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