The majority of persecution toward Christians has taken place in Nigeria, a secularly governed nation with freedom of religion, and not a sharia country.
A nation that has freedom–freedom of consciousness, freedom of thought–has the most persecution.
Boko Haram https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boko_Haram
is an Islamic jihadist militant organisation based in the northeast of Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger. Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001, the organisation seeks to establish a “pure” Islamic state ruled by sharia law, putting a stop to what it deems “Westernization.” The group is known for attacking Christians and government targets, bombing churches, attacking schools and police stations, but has also assassinated members of the Islamic establishment. Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2001 and 2013 and roughly 3,600 killed, including 1,600 civilians between 2009 and 2013.
It’s not Pakistan, it’s not Somalia, but Nigeria, and the violence toward Christians is provoked and encouraged through anti-Christian propagation, because of the freedom of religion guaranteed by the constitution. This is not coincidental. Freedom and equality of religions and ideologies, allow wicked men to dominate good people.
Here is what the constitution says:
Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
“freedom of thought,” permits freedom to believe in jihadism; freedom to ” propagate his religion or belief in worship,” allows for the instilling of teachings for the killing Christians.
The constitution allows for the inculcating of jihadism, and that is why they are enduring so much bloodshed, and the highest rate of persecution on the earth. In fact, it has been said that the teaching of sharia in Nigeria is protected by the constitution, as long as it is done within the context of private observance. Ben Nwabueze, a professor who teaches on the Nigerian legal system, had this to say:
The practice of the Shariah and the observance of moral precept and injunction in the Quran are personal matter for the individuals to be inculcated by teaching and preaching in the Quranic schools and Mosque by individual self-abnegation and self discipline not by enforcement through the coercive machinery of government
This modern idea, that as long as something is done and believed in privately, and within inner individual wills and convictions, then it is permissible.
Freely allow what is evil to be done in private, and you will eventually be forced to see and do it in public.
The evil is Islam, and the freedom it is given to be taught and spread, is the enabling of this evil.
Sharia is not precipitated by the government, and this is true, and so Boko Haram uses freedom to enforce it on the populace, through violence and terrorism.
Sure, what they are doing is against the law, and many Boko Haram members have been killed (this is to be applauded), but nonetheless, there have been no measures taken on the part of the Nigerian government, to prevent terrorism by hindering the teaching of the Islamic ideology, because it is protected by the constitution.
In Indonesia, Muslims have used violence and intimidation to shape the culture and the laws, and so Boko Haram is doing the same in Nigeria, and Al-Shabaab in Kenya.
As I have said before, the solution is not just a war on terror, but a war on error. Let us replace this taboo we call “the Enlightenment,” with the true enlightenment of Christ, before the darkness of Christendom’s enemies put away the light of civilization which now stands on the melting candle of docility.