Today, about two thirds of Macedonia’s population is Slavic Macedonian. They consider themselves Orthodox Christian, but most of these are nominal in their beliefs and practices. The Orthodox Church is seen as the national church. To become a member of any other church (such as Protestant or Evangelical) is seen as unpatriotic, and these churches are even called “sects” or “cults”. The members are considered traitors to their homeland because to be Macedonian is to be “Orthodox”. Even though many of the people rarely attend Orthodox services, many converts to other churches face severe persecution and are ostracized by family and friends, and in a country that values family, this can be a burden hard to bear. The other third of Macedonia’s population is Muslim. Most of Macedonia’s Muslims are Albanian, making up about one fourth of Macedonia’s population. The rest are Muslim Turks and Gypsies (Roma). Less than 0.5% of Macedonia’s population is Protestant/Evangelical Christian.