2019 Sees Dramatic Rise in Global Christian Persecution by Jordan Hilger for Worthy News
2019 has seen a significant uptick in the persecution of Christians worldwide, according to Open Doors U.S.A.’s most recent World Watch List.
Whereas 215 million Christians were persecuted in 2018 according to last year’s report, representing 1 in 12 Christians worldwide, in 2019 that figure saw a dramatic 14% increase, with now 1 in 9 Christians globally experiencing high levels of persecution.
Among countries where Christians are persecuted, Islam remains the most frequent engine driving the oppression of believers, with 38 of the 50 countries on the list being Muslim-majority nations.
“In seven of the top 10 World Watch List countries,” continues the report, “the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression.”
India has entered the top 10 for the first time under the auspices of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, as rising ethnic and religious nationalism in Southeast Asia see Christianity as a force that threatens to unify society’s lowest classes and most marginalized ethnicities.
Laos, Burma, and Vietnam all made it in the list’s top 20, as the nationalistic regimes attempt to stamp out Christianity’s potential for tribal minority groups.