WASHINGTON (BP) — Islamic extremism, especially in Africa and the Middle East, dominates the latest annual report on global persecution of Christians.
Eight of the top 10 persecutors of Christians — and 24 of the top 30 — are countries marked by militant Islam, according to Open Doors’ 2013 World Watch List released Jan. 8.
Meanwhile, North Korea, a non-Islamic country, maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot in the Open Doors list for the 11th consecutive year.
“Islamic extremism is the prime persecutor of Christians in the world today,” said Ron Boyd-MacMillan, Open Doors’ chief strategy officer, at a Washington, D.C., news conference. Among 24 of the leading 30 persecuting countries, “it is Islamic extremists, either in government or in violent opposition forces, that are the source of the persecution,” he said.
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