Persecution of Christians

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It was the nineteenth year of Diocletian's reign and the month Dystrus, called March by the Romans, and the festival of the Saviour's Passion was approaching, when an imperial decree was published everywhere, ordering the churches to be razed to the ground and the Scriptures destroyed by fire, and giving notice that those in places of honour would lose their places, and domestic staff, if they continued to profess Christianity, would be deprived of their liberty. Such was the first edict against us. Soon afterwards other decrees arrived in rapid succession, ordering that the presidents of the churches in every place should all be first committed to prison and then coerced by every possible means into offering sacrifice.
~ The Christian historian Eusebius on Diocletian's purge of Christians.

The persecution of Christians (also sometimes referred to as Anti-Christian Sentiment or Christophobia) can be historically traced from the first century of the Christian era to the present dayEarly Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both the Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and the Romans who controlled many of the lands across which early Christianity was spreadEarly in the fourth century, a form of the religion was legalized by the Edict of Milan, and it eventually became the State church of the Roman Empire. Christians also faced oppression from Muslims within the Middle East in ancient times to modern times.

Christian missionaries as well as converts to Christianity have been the target of persecution ever since the emergence of Christianity, sometimes to the point of being martyred for their faith.

The schisms of the Middle Ages and especially the Protestant Reformation, sometimes provoked severe conflicts between Christian denominations to the point of persecuting each other.

In the 20th century, Christians were persecuted by various governments including the Islamic Ottoman Empire in the form of the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and the Greek Genocide, as well as by atheistic states such as the Soviet Union, Communist Albania and North Korea.

Known Anti-Christians


  1. Vladimir Lenin
  2. Joseph Stalin
  3. Mao Zedong
  4. Pol Pot
  5. Kim Il-sung
  6. Kim Jong-il
  7. Kim Jong-un
  8. Fidel Castro
  9. Che Guevara
  10. Leon Trotsky
  11. League of Militant Atheists
  12. Khmer Rouge
  13. Jim Jones
  14. Enver Hoxha
  15. Communist Party of China
  16. Josip Broz Tito
  17. Hồ Chí Minh
  18. Xi Jinping
  19. Workers' Party of Korea
  20. Antifa
  21. Nikita Khrushchev
  22. Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  23. Socialist Unity Party of Germany
  24. Mengistu Haile Mariam
  25. Derg
  26. Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
  27. Nicolae Ceaușescu
  28. Communist Party of Vietnam
  29. Polish United Workers' Party
  30. Communist Party of Cuba
  31. Władysław Gomułka
  32. Sandinista National Liberation Front
  33. Communist Party of Romania
  34. Daniel Ortega
  35. Rosario Murillo
  36. Slobodan Milošević

Non-Communist Atheists

  1. Craig Stephen Hicks
  2. Devin Patrick Kelley
  3. Pekka-Eric Auvinen
  4. Christopher Harper-Mercer
  5. Matthew Murray
  6. Eric Harris
  7. Dylan Klebold
  8. Connor Betts
  9. Seung-Hui Cho


  1. Osama bin Laden
  2. Ayman al-Zawahiri
  3. Anwar al-Awlaki
  4. Anjem Choudary
  5. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  6. Abdolmalek Rigi
  7. Al-Qaeda
  8. Al-Shabaab
  9. The Islamic State
  10. Boko Haram
  11. Abu Sayyaf
  12. Maute group
  13. Moro Islamic Liberation Front
  14. National Thowheeth Jama'ath
  15. House of Saud
  16. Ruhollah Khomeini
  17. Ali Khamenei
  18. Omar Mateen
  19. Guilherme Taucci Monteiro
  20. Luiz Henrique de Castro
  21. Muammar Gaddafi
  22. Hamas
  23. Bashar al-Assad
  24. Hezbollah
  25. Nation of Islam
  26. Muslim Brotherhood
  27. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  28. Omar al-Bashir
  29. Idi Amin Dada
  30. Taliban
  31. Wallace Fard Muhammad
  32. Malcolm X
  33. Elijah Muhammed
  34. Louis Farrakhan

Folkish paganism

  1. Varg Vikernes
  2. Order of Nine Angles
  3. Heathen Front
  4. Wolves of Vinland
  5. Aryan Brotherhood


  1. Adam Lanza
  2. Larry Gene Ashbrook
  3. Creativity
  4. Atomwaffen Division
  5. Dogolachan
  6. Benito Mussolini
  7. Young Turks
  8. Aleksandr Dugin
  9. Adolf Hitler
  10. Anton Drexler
  11. Hermann Göring
  12. Imperial Japan
  13. Nazi Party
  14. Supreme Council of Government
  15. Jewish Defense League
  16. National Fascist Party
  17. Meir Kahane
  18. Arauco-Malleco Coordinator
  19. Lee Kuan Yew
  20. Alexander Lukashenko
  21. Ukrainian Insurgent Army
  22. Emperor Nero
  23. Emperor Hirohito
  24. Diocletian
  25. Narendra Modi
  26. Roberto D'Aubuisson
  27. Ranavalona I
  28. Maximilien Robespierre
  29. Mwanga II
  30. Dylann Roof
  31. Kadie Karen Diekmeyer
  32. Hideki Tojo
  33. Kōki Hirota
  34. Kuniaki Koiso
  35. Hisao Tani
  36. David Lane
  37. Thomas Robb
  38. Stephen Paddock
  39. Joseph Goebbels
  40. A Wyatt Mann
  41. Heinrich Himmler

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