Global Christian persecution continues to be on the increase. And although places like the Middle East garner most media coverage, the worst places for Christianity come from places like North Korea and China.
Report: Global Christian Persecution ‘Unprecedented’ in 2015
By Heather Clark/Christian News Network
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A watchdog organization that releases a report each year on the global persecution of Christians states that 2015 marked “unprecedented” levels of persecution on every continent, fulfilling its prediction from it previous report that matters would get worse.
“The levels of exclusion, discrimination and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading and intensifying,” David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, said in a press release on Wednesday. “Christians, longing to stay in their home countries, are being forced to flee for their lives and for their children’s lives.”
The group unveiled its annual World Watch List on Wednesday, which marks the 50 most dangerous places to live as a Christian. It noted that in 2015, over 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith, up from nearly 3,000 the year prior, and approximately 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged, a figure that doubled from 2014.
For the 14th consecutive year, North Korea ranked the most difficult place to live as a Christian.
“Christianity is not only seen as ‘opium for the people’ as is normal for all communist states; it is also seen as deeply Western and despicable,” Open Doors USA outlined in its report. “Christians try to hide their faith as far as possible to avoid arrest and being sent to a labor camp. Thus, being Christian has to be a well-protected secret, even within families, and most parents refrain from introducing their children to the Christian faith in order to make sure that nothing slips their tongue when they are asked.”
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