Christian Persecution On The Rise Says Non-Profit Open Doors

A report by the non-profit Open Doors says 260 million Christians were “severely persecuted” throughout the world in 2019. It was an increase over 2018 figures, even through deaths from persecution dropped. According to the report, “This increase is explained in particular by a deterioration of the situation of religious freedom in China at the national level, affecting more and more regions, and by the deployment of jihadism in Africa.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…

Even as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to sign a trade deal with China, a Chinese pastor was describing the fear and intimidation Christians are enduring under China’s communist government. David Curry, the president and CEO of Open Doors USA, told Fox News that, “The drivers of persecution are still very significantly entrenched. Islamic extremism is spreading in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.” Open Doors is a bipartisan grass roots organization that each year publishes a list of the 50 most dangerous nations for Christians. North Korea, Afghanistan, and Somalia topped the list in 2019; China came in at number 23. Reported by Fox News. Read more…