Most Americans want new president to address Christian persecution, reveals poll

Majority of Americans want the next president to address persecution of Christians all over the world, based on the results of a Harris poll commissioned by Open Doors USA.

In the said poll, 76 percent of the subjects agreed with the statement: "It is important to me that the next US President be committed to addressing the persecution that some Christians face around the world (e.g., imprisonment, beheadings, rape, loss of home and assets)."

(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urqhuart/File photos)A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016, respectively.

In response to the poll, Open Doors launched a petition calling on the U.S. presidential candidates to act on the issue of Christian persecution worldwide. The organization's president and CEO David Curry released a statement detailing how governments are repressing religious freedom and causing the displacement of many. Open Doors has echoed the same sentiment in a statement posted on its website, Christian Today relays.

"Persecution of Christians, as well as adherents of other faiths, has grown exponentially in recent years. Governments are clamping down on religious freedom of expression, causing millions to face displacement, harassment, imprisonment, beatings and even death," Curry said in his statement. "Americans are looking to each presidential candidate for clear and decisive plans to address this growing global crisis."

Meanwhile, in the United States, many Christians also believe that they are being persecuted because of their faith, according to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Brookings. Three-quarters of Republicans and Donald Trump's supporters also said discrimination against Christians is just as big an issue as racial discrimination, The Atlantic details.

Moreover, many of the American Christians are worried about the future of religious freedom in the changing environment. Trump discussed this issue in his meeting with more than 1,000 evangelical leaders in New York City last month. Lawmakers think a law should be passed to protect business owners and individuals who object to abortion, same-sex marriage, and other acts that go against their religious beliefs.