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January 8, 2014 3:54 pm

Report: 2013 Christian Persecution Driven by Islamic Extremism

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The St. Mark's Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, which was attacked by a mob of Islamic extremists in April 2013. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Islamic extremism was one of the major driving forces behind Christian persecution in 2013, according to a new report. The World Watch List (WWL), an annual report published by Christian human rights group Open Doors, ranks the top 50 countries where Christian persecution is the worst in order from “sparse persecution” to “extreme persecution.”

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Of the 14 countries labeled as “extreme persecution,”  11 of them are countries with a predominantly Muslim population, including several Middle Eastern countries such as Syria at number 3, Iraq at number 4, Saudi Arabia at number 6 and Iran at number 9. However, North Korea was the worst offender at number 1.

Egypt, where there has been widespread persecution of its Coptic Christian minority over the past year by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, ranked at number 22. While the Palestinian Territories ranked at number 34.

The report noted that in 36 of the 50 countries, Islamic extremism was the driving force behind Christian persecution.

“Countries on the WWL, such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East and North Africa are targeting Christians; imprisoning, punishing, and even in some cases murdering people who choose to express privately or publicly their Christian faith,” said Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. David Curry.

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  • Luigi Rosolin

    B. The persecution and atrocity, especially by Islamic cult, should create more consent for Israel.
    First the Jews are the first Christian and leaders and many Jews are Christian now. The Islam push to removed Christian’s from their control nations is also weakness Israel, a part some church pass wrong standing is now by Christian’s seeing the Jews as our loved future bothers, Jesus that we consider the Christ had and will fulfill the promise to Abraham. In view of that Israel should keep very close tide with Christian and help in the common cause, which reflects the teaching of the LAW and New Testament. In my view Christianity cannot be passive and allowed Islamic hate and criminal’s action with the infiltration in all our society. Western world should restrict-prohibit such cult of hate.

  • judorebbe

    … Duh !!!