Christian, Jewish Persecution Up in Muslim Nations

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The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 shows persecution against Christians and Jews is on the rise today, especially in Muslim countries.

Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Tunisia are among the many countries where non-Muslims are suffering persecution.

Saudi Arabia prohibits any religion except Islam and enforces state restrictions on religious freedom.

In Sudan, Islamist rioters burned down an evangelical church compound. In Libya, terrorists bombed an Orthodox church, and Muslim radicals murdered hundreds of Christians in Nigeria.
    
The report also devotes a section to the ongoing global increase in anti-Semitism, citing Venezuela, Egypt and Iran as countries with political and religious leaders who openly espouse Holocaust denial and anti-Israel rhetoric.

***For more on the latest persecution hot spots, CBN News's George Thomas spoke with CBN News senior international correspondent Gary Lane.

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