I sympathise with Father Marc Lyden-Smith, who is quite right to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world (April 2).
I heard a play on Radio 4 (Friday, April 1) based on facts about the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Christians in Pakistan are very small in number and can easily be accused of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to death.
A brave politician in Pakistan campaigned against this but was assassinated. The politician’s son had been kidnapped and the suffering of the family is beyond words. The general mood in Pakistan supports the execution of anyone who has been accused of blasphemy.
This is an example of the persecution of Christians in a Muslim country but the larger and more powerful Muslim groups can also persecute smaller Muslim organisations.
If you think this is a letter from a Christian having a go at Muslims you would be wrong as I am neither a Christian nor a Muslim.
Christians in some African countries can be very nasty and persecute gays and lesbians.
I have a gay, Christian friend who is an asylum seeker from Nigeria and I have said to him that his own religion has driven him out of his own country.