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Christian News Network: A watchdog organization that releases a report each year on the global persecution of Christians states that 2014 marked the highest level of hostility against Christians ever recorded, but believes matters will only get worse.
Worst Christian persecution in over 20 years marks last year; ISIS, Islamic extremism mostly to blame, finds Open Doors report
The Christian Post: Last year saw the highest level of persecution of Christians the world has seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a report by a Christian persecution watchdog group released Wednesday.
Christian genocide is on the rise as world leaders have ‘stood by and watched,’ persecution watchdog head accuses
The Christian Post: Persecution watchdog group Open Doors has accused the U.S. and world leaders of standing by and watching Christian genocide happen in 2014, following the release of its World Watch List of countries where followers of Christ are most heavily targeted. The group added that Christian persecution is very much a “leading indicator” of major humanitarian problems, such as the rise of terror group ISIS.
Christianity Today: New research reveals one more reason to remember 2014: for the greatest number of religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory—even in Christian-majority countries. Of the worst 50 nations, 4 out of 5 share the same primary cause. And, while the number of martyrdoms did double from 2013, the main driver of persecution in 2014 wasn’t violence.
Religion News Service: From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.
Christian exodus in Iraq and Syria reached ‘Biblical proportions,’ Open Door says on Day of Prayer for persecuted church
The Christian Post: Persecution watchdog group Open Doors warned that the exodus of Christians in Iraq and Syria fleeing terror group ISIS reached “biblical proportions” this year, and called for Christian unity during the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church on Sunday.
The Christian Post: A lack of concern for Christians and a lack freedom of expression for religious minorities in the Middle East is one of the reasons behind the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said David Curry, the CEO and president of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.
OneNewsNow: “An organization dedicated to persecuted Christians worldwide says Christians around the world will be in danger if a Florida church goes ahead with its plans to burn Qurans on the upcoming anniversary of September 11 . . . Dr. Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, argues another people group may suffer even more. He believes Christians in the Muslim world will suffer the brunt of the repercussions from any Quran burnings.”
OneNewsNow: “An organization dedicated to persecuted Christians worldwide believes life for believers in Iraq will only get worse now that American combat troops are being pulled out of the country . . . Dr. Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, believes the decision to yank the combat troops was premature.”