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Iran’s Persecution of Christians and Other Religious Minorities Begins At a Young Age

The persecution of Christians in Iran and elsewhere, which begins, as this article explains, even with children, should be a focus of governments all across the world that have commitments to human rights and religious freedom. There are laws in Iran that grant some freedoms to the Christians, but they are often ignored, and Christians regarded as “najis,” or unclean. The U.S. State Department has classified Iran as a “country of particular concern” for “having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”

For previous coverage of Iran, see here.

“Iran’s Persecution Of Religious Minorities Begins At A Young Age,” International Christian Concern, July 10, 2021:

07/10/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Iran’s unacceptance and persecution of religious minorities often begins in the classroom in childhood. Though Iran claims to not persecute Christians and other minorities, terminology passed down through generations and in textbooks, adds to the discrimination minorities face even in childhood.

Children of minority groups feel the sting of being social outcasts, as others mock their faith, refuse to make friends, and say harmful and ignorant things about minority religions.

As Christians, Baha’i’s and other religious minorities grow up, many must lie or hide their true identities in order to pursue higher education. Higher education often restricts admission based on those who are “najis” or unclean. Those who seek to become teachers themselves, often are disqualified from teaching any Muslim students….

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