At Via Meadia, we are trying to provide readers with information and analysis that helps them understand the major forces driving world history. Religion is one of the most powerful forces in our world for good and for ill and chaotic and tumultuous periods of world history like the one we live in today often heighten the power of religion in human affairs.With some honorable exceptions, the mainstream press covers religion poorly, and partly as a result, many otherwise intelligent and well informed people don’t have the grasp on this subject they really need. Via Meadia isn’t a news agency so we can’t fill this gap on our own, but we will do our best to highlight stories that illuminate the role of religion in our world.One story in particular we want to tell is the story of religious persecution and violence around the world. Freedom of religion — including the freedom to change ones religion or to have no religion at all — is one of the most fundamental of human rights, but it is routinely violated today in much of the world. Christianity as the world’s largest and most widespread religion, is the faith whose believers are most often subjected to persecution, but Christians are by no means alone. Via Meadia will do its best to provide comprehensive and balanced information about this sorry subject.