The New Age of Religious Martyrdom

by Rachel Baker on January 13, 2014

In some countries, Christian persecution is on the rise. I wonder what Muslim martyrdom numbers look like (see below this article for a link about a horrible hate crime against a Muslim):

The concept of Christian martyrdom may seem like something from a bygone, uncivilized era when believers were mercilessly thrown to the lions. Not so. This week, Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, reported that Christian martyrdom has grown into a pervasive and horrifying human rights crisis.

In their annual report of the worst 50 countries for Christian persecution, Open Doors found that Christian martyr deaths around the globe doubled in 2013. Their report documented 2,123 killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. In Syria alone, there were 1,213 such deaths last year. In addition to losing their lives, Christians around the world continue to suffer discrimination, imprisonment, harassment, sexual assaults, and expulsion from countries merely for practicing their faith.

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/13/the-new-age-of-christian-martyrdom.html

Here’s the Muslim persecution article:
Central African Republic cannibal: Why I ate man’s leg
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25708024

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