Featured Image

(LifeSiteNews) — The author of a new book is shining light on the persecuted Christians in Islamic countries around the world.

I recently sat down with Casey Chalk, a freelance writer and contributing editor with The New Oxford Review, to discuss why he wrote “The Persecuted: True Stories of Courageous Christians Living Their Faith in Muslim Lands.”

Chalk described how his book explains how many Islamic countries from West Africa to Southeast Asia “have various soft and hard ways that they persecute and coerce Christian minority communities.” He told me how in Pakistan, for example, where there was the very famous Asia Bibi case, so-called blasphemy laws are actually used to target Christians.

“The problem goes far beyond Pakistan,” he said. “Christians across the Muslim world are experiencing daily threats just simply for living their faith.”

In our conversation, Chalk exposed why this blatant and horrific persecution has not been addressed in Western countries. He blamed in particular the media for allowing the oppression of Christians to continue.

Chalk stated that the nature of the media today is against reporting the daily abuse Christians face in Islamic countries, and that there’s complete silence. “I think that a lot of journalists are not terribly religious themselves, so I think there’s probably just less sympathy for Christians.”

Chalk also called out the foreign policy decisions of the United States. He said the U.S. has allied and partnered with countries like Saudi Arabia simply for “energy reasons and security reasons,” while they promote radical Islamic movements across the world that persecute Christians.

In our talk, Chalk laid out some steps each one of us can take to help our suffering Christian brethren. He said that prayer is the most important thing we can do. He also mentioned how we can financially support the persecuted and use our funds wisely so as “to demonstrate our disfavor of regimes that are totalitarian and oppress Christian minority communities.”

I strongly encourage you to read Casey Chalk’s book “The Persecuted,” which you can find by going to Sophia Press.

The John-Henry Westen Show is available by video on the show’s YouTube channel and right here on my LifeSite blog.

It is also available in audio format on platforms such as SpotifySoundcloud, and Acast. We are awaiting approval for iTunes and Google Play as well. To subscribe to the audio version on various channels, visit the Acast webpage here.

We’ve created a special email list for the show so that we can notify you every week when we post a new episode. Please sign up now by clicking here. You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel, and you’ll be notified by YouTube when there is new content.

You can send me feedback, or ideas for show topics by emailing [email protected]

Featured Image

John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


Commenting Guidelines
LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.