Guess who leads surge in Christian persecution

U.S.-run Middle East player in Top 10, along with 'bloodthirsty' SomaliaPosted: January 06, 2011 12:35 am Eastern

By Bob Unruh © 2011 WorldNetDaily

North Korea, that reclusive, violent nation where dictator Kim Jong-il demands his subjects worship him and often executes those who don't, remains atop the 2011 World Watch List assembled by Open Doors, but eight of the top 10 nations are dominated by Muslims, whose persecution of Christians is surging.

The Santa Ana, Calif., ministry works with indigenous Christians worldwide where they are persecuted by governments or majority populations, and has since founder Brother Andrew started delivering Bibles behind the Iron Curtain in the 1950s. Its assessment of the threat to Christians comes from the individuals who face those dangers daily.

While North Korea remains No. 1 because of its total repression of faith, the organization reports in its 2011 listing of dangers, "the most dangerous countries in which to practice Christianity are overwhelmingly Islamic."

Even last year, ministry spokesman Jerry Dykstra confirmed that the Islamic persecution of Christians was on the rise – "a growing trend."

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