Why Do Laos Persecute Christians?

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I encountered a married couple, a gentleman from Laos and a lady from Cambodia, living in my neighborhood. I chatted once with the gentleman and found he was bright, educated and knowledgeable with a keen perception of religions and world affairs.

I found relevant religious features in Laos.

  • The government of Laos officially recognizes four religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha’i Faith. 
  • About 64.7% of the population of Laos practices Theravada Buddhism, making it the most common religion in the country.
  • The remainder of the population identify with Christianism (1.7%); Islam, the Baha’i Faith, Confucianism, Taoism, and folk religion (2.1%); and 31.4% identify as having no religion.
  • Christians in Laos are strictly monitored, and frequent reports indicate fierce persecution, particularly in rural communities. 
  • Though Islam is recognized as an official religion, Laos has one of the smallest populations of Muslims in southeast Asia, numbering less than 800.

I am a Portuguese American practicing Roman Catholicism, my two best friends are a Jew and a Moroccan, and no religious enmity exists between us. Christians in Laos are strictly monitored, and frequent reports indicate fierce persecution, particularly in rural communities. 

Laos will be surprised in 2022 with The Warning and Illumination of Conscience.

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