In the coming days we’ll hear many times the story of the birth of Christ with its inspirational meaning for the faithful and the world. Here’s a story not so uplifting, but horrific: Jihadists in Syria slit the throat of a Christian and told his fiance, “Jesus didn’t come to save him.”
That report from the Washington-based Christian Post is a reminder in this Christmas season that Christians are persecuted in more than 60 countries, according to Open Doors, an organization formed to aid oppressed Christians around the globe.
It will come as no surprise that the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on Open Doors’ list is the brutal regime of North Korea, where all religion is outlawed. Christians are jailed, tortured and executed. One prison camp alone houses 6,000 Christians.
Many of the worst places are Islamic countries. That would include Afghanistan and Iraq (No. 3 and 4 on the Open Doors list), where thousands of Americans died in the cause of fighting terrorism and expanding freedom and human rights.