By Vanessa Rodriguez , Christian Examiner.
Targeted threats to wipe out Christianity in the Middle East are successfully eliminating the faith from its birthplace.
Islamic extremism is the main source of hostility in nations where the most severe persecution is seen, according to an annual World Watch List, released earlier this year by the non-profit organization Open Door. The list ranks the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous and difficult to be a Christian.
Specifically, attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS) and other Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria have resulted in “a mass exodus of Christians,” Open Door revealed in the report. The organization also suggested this year’s historic levels of Christian persecution are precursory to even greater oppression.
Since 2003, more than 70 percent of Christians have fled Iraq. In Syria, reportedly more than 700,000 Christians have left the country since 2011.
One non-profit founder Charles Vella, of the Cana Movement, wrote a commentary condemning the overall silence of the Western world regarding the dwindling presence of Christianity at the hands of persecution.
“Sixty years ago, 20 percent of the population in the Middle East was Christian. This has been reduced to less than five per cent, and they will rapidly vanish if nothing is done,” Vella wrote.