Top fifty worst persecutors of Christianity

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Top fifty worst persecutors of Christianity

Open Doors has released their 2008 list of the top 50 worst persecutors of Christianity.
Open Doors' 2008 "world watch list" is dominated by Muslim-majority countries, which account for 14 of the 20 most egregious persecutors; and communist nations, which make up four of the remaining six. The last two are a Buddhist monarchy and a region of Russia.

Saudi Arabia, ruled by a Sunni Wahhabist royal family, was in second place for the fifth straight year, while Shi'ite Iran was in third place for the third year in a row.

Rounding out the top ten offenders, in order, were the Maldives, Bhutan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Laos, Uzbekistan and China.

Open Doors says it ranks countries based on the intensity of persecution Christians face for actively pursuing their faith, after putting 50 questions to contacts, religious believers and fieldworkers in the various countries.

"There is no other country in the world where Christians are being persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner," Dr. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, said of Kim Jong-il's North Korea.


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While we in the U.S. complain about how the entertainment industry finds it ok to ridicule only us while paying respect to everyone else, in North Korea the belief in Christ gets you tortured and then killed. Kind of puts things into perspective.

Here's the list:

January 2008: Ranking 2007:
1. North Korea 1.
2. Saudi Arabia 2.
3. Iran 3.
4. Maldives 5.
5. Bhutan 7.
6. Yemen 6.
7. Afghanistan 10.
8. Laos 9.
9. Uzbekistan 11.
10. China 12.
11. Eritrea 13.
12. Somalia 4.
13. Turkmenistan 14.
14. Comoros 15.
15. Pakistan 17.
16. Qatar1 25.
17. Vietnam 8.
18. Chechnya 16.
19. Egypt 18.
20. Zanzibar Islands (New)
21. Iraq 21.
22. Azerbaijan 22.
23. Libya 26.
24. Mauritania 32.
25. Burma(Myanmar)19.
26. Sudan (North) 20.
27. Oman 36.
28. Cuba 24.
29. Brunei 23.
30. India 29.
31. Algeria 31.
32. Nigeria (North) 27.
33. Djibouti 28.
34. Turkey 35.
35. Kuwait 39.
36. Sri Lanka 30.
37. Tajikistan 34.
38. United Arab Emirates 38.
39. Jordan 40.
40. Morocco 33.
41. Belarus 42.
42. Palestinian Territories (New)
43. Ethiopia 37.
44. Syria 45.
45. Bahrain 50.
46. Tunisia 46.
47. Indonesia 41.
48. Bangladesh 44.
49. Kenya (Northeast) 47.
50. Colombia (Conflict Areas) 43.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 11-2-2008








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