Christianity Under Siege From Mideast to N. Korea

Christianity is under attack worldwide

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By Victor Thorn —

Does Christianity face extinction in the Middle East? Some religious scholars fret that within the next decade, Christianity will cease to exist in the very areas where it was formed 2,000 years ago. Leah Barkoukis, the web editor for, stated in a October 17, 2015 article, “The world has witnessed the persecution of Christians at an alarming rate.” Statistics speak for themselves. In 2003, prior to the Iraq War, 1.5 million Christians resided in that country. Today, the number is down to 275,000, a reduction of 82%.

Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist Christians in need, released its annual “Watch List Report” last month. Its CEO, David Curry, encapsulated the findings: “The 2016 World Watch List documents an unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians, making this past year the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history.”

Curry added: “The level of exclusion, discrimination, and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading, and intensifying. Christians, longing to stay in their homes, are being forced to flee for their lives and for their children’s lives.”

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