Now the representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at a joint OSCE-EU-Catholic-Orthodox-Muslim dialogue conference has stated that 105,000 Christians die because of their faith every year. That number works out to one every five minutes. Over a hundred years this equals the deaths of 10.5 million Christians.
While these numbers are all statistics and should not be considered spot on they do paint a picture of mass murder.
On the good side, for lack of a better word, is that the killings may be slowing down. For the Twenty-First Century to match the level of killings against Christianity of the 1900s there will need to be another wave of monsters such in the order of Mao, Stalin, and Hitler.
The killings however have reached critical levels in certain locations, however. Especially in Iraq, native Christianity may not live out the next 100 years. In other places like Egypt and the Palestinian territories the long tolerated and accepted Christian minority may be greatly reduced in size the rising Islamist culture.
What's new are the killing fields. Instead of Latin America and Europe, much of the killings will be in Africa and the Indian Ocean-world described in Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. And instead of targeting entrenched, conservative Christianity, much of the violence will be directed against an activist, prosthelytizing, energetic Christianity which will threaten the zones of influence of Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, and atheistic powers.
Lent Geography: Map of Catholic Missionaries Killed in 2009
Presentation for the 2010 AAG: Geography of Religious Wars