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2011 Religious Persecution Report

logo_opendoors_01_05_11_300.jpgMy friends at Open Doors have just released their 2011 Religious Persecution Report. This is important information, so please read and share with other friends online and offline. An excerpt is below with the link to the longer report. Thanks for helping get out the news!



Islamic Countries
Dominate Open Doors
2011 World Watch List

Iraq Leaps to Eighth Worst

Persecutor of Christians

North Korea No. 1 for Ninth Straight Year

SANTA ANA, Calif.–Despite Communist North Korea topping the annual Open
Doors World Watch List (WWL) for the ninth consecutive year, the most
dangerous countries in which to practice Christianity are overwhelmingly
Islamic ones.


Of the top 10 countries on the 2011 WWL, eight have Islamic majorities.
Persecution has increased in seven of them. They are Iran, which clamps
down on a growing house church movement; Afghanistan, where thousands of
believers cluster deep underground; and Saudi Arabia, which still
refuses to allow any Saudi person to convert to Christianity. Others are
lawless Somalia, ruled by bloodthirsty terrorists threatening to kill
Christian aid workers who feed Somalia’s starving, impoverished people;
tiny Maldives, which mistakenly boasts it is 100 percent Islamic; Yemen
with its determination to expel all Christian workers; and Iraq, which
saw extremists massacre 58 Christians in a Baghdad cathedral on Oct. 31.
Of the top 30 countries, only seven have a source other than Islamic
extremists as the main persecutors of Christians.


The top 10 in order are North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia,
Somalia, Maldives, Yemen, Iraq, Uzbekistan and Laos, which has a
Communist government. Iraq is new to the top 10 list while Mauritania
dropped out, going from No. 8 to No. 13.

Read the rest here.


BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at

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posted January 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

There are some very bad Islamic countries. But they don’t just persecute Christians; heck they also persecute the “wrong” kind of Muslims.
How about a list of countries that persecute homosexuals? A list of countries that persecute Jews? A list of countries that persecute blacks? A list of countries that persecute atheists? A list of countries that persecute Muslims? A list of countries that persecute Gypsies? A list of countries that persecute women?
It strikes me you’re pretty narrow in your search for persecutions. Got a martyr complex going?

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posted January 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Right next door Mark Herringshaw says Christianity is taking over the world. Why not just wait for that to happen. Then no Christians will be persecuted. Well, Christians never persecuted Christians, did they?

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