Forms of violence are committed against Christians every month – beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, forced marriages, and murders
Churches and Christian properties are destroyed each month
Where is Persecution the Worst?
Created by Open Doors, the World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in an entire country and focuses on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.
According to OpenDoorsUSA.com, each month:
- 322 Christians are killed for their faith.
- 214 Churches and Christian Properties are destroyed
- 722 forms of violence are committed against Christians – beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, forced marriages, and murders.
Persecution by Crucifixion
Islam has used crucifixion as a form of punishment since medieval times. According to the Quran, resisting Islam is met by death, crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet (Surah 5:33). Today, the media is largely silent and politically correct on such barbaric activities, but it cannot hide the fact that it is happening in the 21st century under political Islam. See SeekingTruth for additional information
What Drives Persecution?
According to OpenDoorsUSA.org, the following factors are to blame for most Christian persecution:
- Governments, Government officials at any level from local to national
- Political parties at any level from local to national
- Ethnic group leaders
- Revolutionaries or paramilitary groups
- Non-Christian religious leaders at any level from local to national
- Religious leaders of other churches at any level from local to national
- Fanatical movements
- Normal citizens (people from the broader society), including mobs
- Extended family
- Organized crime cartels or networks
- Multilateral organizations
Top 20 Persecuted Countries
according to OpenDoorsUSA.org
The Faces of Persecution
The End of Christianity in the Middle East?
- Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (http://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/5-facts-about-christian-persecution)
- According to the U.S. Department of State, in more than 60 countries Christians face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors because of their faith in Christ. (http://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/5-facts-about-christian-persecution)
- In 41 of the 50 worst nations for persecution, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic extremists. (http://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/5-facts-about-christian-persecution & https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list)
- 6,726 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. So Far in FY16–But Only 23 Are Christians
- Lebanon has the most religiously diverse society of all states within the Middle East, comprising 18 recognized religious sects
- Islamic jihadist groups are threatening Lebanese Christians and demanding that they submit to Islam. Lebanon’s Christians, descendants of Aramaic Syriacs, were the majority in the country a mere 100 years ago. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7896/lebanon-christians-threat
Most Persecuted Countries in the Middle East
A Symbol of Solidarity
When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, captured Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, militants began singling Christians out. The symbol that marked their homes and businesses — the Arabic letter “n,” which is pronounced “noon” and stands for Nazarene or Nasrani, follower of Jesus Christ, and the Arabic word for Christian.
This symbol of ISIS hate is becoming the rallying cry for Christians across the world. We use this symbol of the Arabic letter “n” to stand in solidarity with Christians who are being marked in many countries.
* U.S. Refugee Processing Center (RPC)
The Refugee Processing (RPC) is operated by the US Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) in the Rossyln section of Arlington, Virginia USA. At the RPC and at Resettlement Support Centers (RSC’s), an interactive computer system called the Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System (WRAPS) is used to process and track the movement of refugees from various countries around the world to the U.S. for resettlements under the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).