Christian Martyrdom Doubled in 2013, Persecution Growing

By:  Alex Newman
Christian Martyrdom Doubled in 2013, Persecution Growing

The number of Christians murdered for their faith almost doubled in 2013 over the previous year, according to an annual survey by Open Doors, a non-denominational ministry that monitors the persecution of believers and supports persecuted Christians worldwide. 

Hardline Islamist regimes and Islamic terrorists — many funded by the Obama administration and other Western governments — were behind most of the slaughter. However, for the 12th year in a row, the barbaric communist autocracy lording over North Korea was ranked as the number one persecutor of Christians in the world.

According to the organization’s findings in its Open Doors 2014 World Watch List, released last week, Christians are still by far the most persecuted demographic on earth — and the trends are getting worse. In 2012, the group’s annual report documented the martyrdom of more than 1,200 Christians. Last year, there were more than that martyred just in Syria, where the Obama administration and a coalition of its allies — mostly European governments and Sunni Arab dictators — have been arming and funding jihadist rebel groups

Overall, the report documented 2,123 murders of Christians for their faith in 2013. An estimated 100 million believers in Christ, meanwhile, still suffer from ruthless persecution around the globe, Open Doors found. Among other atrocities carried out against Christians for their faith: imprisonment, torture, rape, execution, expulsion, forced labor, and more. Christians are persecuted in more than 65 countries around the world, with the vast majority in Asia and Africa — and especially in the Middle East, where Islamist rulers often purport to make faith in Christ a crime.

The surge in anti-Christian attacks was most extreme in Syria, as anti-Christian jihadist marauders continue to flood in from around the world to fight in the internationally fueled war against the Assad regime. Self-styled god-man Kim Jong-un in North Korea and his dictatorship, though, topped the list again. “It's one of the most repressive regimes in general for human rights," Open Doors communications director Emily Fuentes was quoted as saying by OneNewsNow. “But Christians are specifically targeted here as they face execution or life imprisonment.”

According to Open Doors and other organizations, the tyrant in North Korea is conservatively believed to have between 50,000 and 70,000 people imprisoned in his gulags, which Fuentes compared to National Socialist (Nazi) concentration camps in Germany. The real numbers are likely far higher. Unique in the world, however, is the fact that North Koreans sent to the Stalinist regime’s barbaric camps often do not go alone. Instead, their descendants can be imprisoned as well.

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