An interesting statistic for you: it emerges from Cardinal Timothy Dolan's last speech as President of the USCCB (here is a link to a story dealing with it, albeit with a different emphasis). The Cardinal pointed out that in the thirteen years of the 21st Century already about 1 million Christians have been martyred for their faith. That is on average about 76,923 every year. It seems the modern Age of Martyrs continues. So far the 20th century, the "most enlightened", holds the record of the number of Christians put to death for their faith. Will this new century surpass its predecessor's bloody legacy? Christianity is the world's most persecuted religion, a fact much denied or ignored by our secularists and the media.
As the Age of martyrs continues one wonders who will become the new persecutors? Will current developments in Western society and recent legislation eventually lead to persecution as Christians in conscience cannot accept laws and situations that are immoral? In some issues here there is already a form of persecution, but will it turn to a more traditional, less subtle form?