Christian martyrs double in 2013

posted at 2:41 pm on January 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Hot Air readers ranked the global persecution of Christians as the second-most important under-reported story of 2013, and new data from Open Doors bolsters that case. CBS notes the report of deaths from the persecution of Christians have doubled over 2012, mainly because of the war in Syria. However, another country still takes top honors in that regard:

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.

“This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm,” said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by other Christian groups put the annual figure as high as 8,000.

The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were the next four in line.

Open Doors considers Islamist extremism as “the worst persecutor of the worldwide church,” but it’s not the only one, as North Korea’s position indicates. This is particularly noteworthy today, because Pyongyang refuses to release an American who ran an approved tour company, apparently got too free with his faith for the Stalinist regime. Kenneth Bae hasn’t even been publicly charged, but he’s not going anywhere either, despite mounting health issues.

Of course, one American might have helped, but he was too busy singing to his “best friend” on his birthday. Bae’s family was outraged:

On Wednesday, Bae’s family accused Rodman of “playing games” with Bae’s life. Relatives and U.S. officials have insisted Bae committed no crime.

“There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother’s expense,” Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, said Wednesday in a prepared statement. …

Bae’s relatives say Rodman, who once urged Kim in a tweet to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,”could have helped put pressure on the North Korean government to release him.

Instead, she said he made the situation worse in his Tuesday CNN interview by intimating that Bae was guilty.

“Do you understand what he did in this country?” Rodman asked Cuomo. “No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why?”

Chung said Wednesday she was shocked by his statements.

“Dennis Rodman could do a lot of good by advocating for Kenneth to Kim Jong Un, but instead he has decided to hurl outrageous accusations at my brother, insinuating that Kenneth has done something sinister,” Chung said.

Once again, I’d recommend John Allen’s book The Global War on Christians, released a couple of months ago. In his introduction, Allen argues:

This book is about the most dramatic religion story of the early twenty-first century, yet one that most people in the West have little idea is even happening: the global war on Christians. We’re not talking about a metaphorical “war on religion” in Europe and the United States, fought on symbolic terrain such as whether it’s okay to erect a nativity scene on the courthouse steps, but a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment, and direct physical violence, with Christians as its leading victims.

However counterintuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force, Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often their new martyrs suffer in silence.

The martyrs are multiplying. And while that happens, we have clueless Americans serenading the persecutors.

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The MSM hates Christianity…

OmahaConservative on January 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM

B-b-but Teh Crusades!!1! ™

Moral Relativism!!!1

John the Libertarian on January 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Thank obama, Hillary, Rice and Powell for this.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I suspect that the report for 2015 will have several United States victims on this list too…. or at least soon.

When the gay’s finally feel brave enough, they will start attempting to force churches to violate their religion. Some will give in (already have, like the unitarians), but some won’t. And we aren’t too far from the hoses and other riot police tactics aimed at forcing “compliance” with the new anti-hate laws.

Vanceone on January 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM

You can’t have a good One World government with all those pesky Christians running around.

faraway on January 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Alinsky Dedicated His Book to Lucifer… And Obama Taught Alinsky

Connect the dots.

faraway on January 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Well, sure, seeing Christians slaughtered in the birthplace of the Church is unfortunate, but the important thing is that Israel feels really, really safe.

exlibris on January 8, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Gomorrah. Slouching. The world does it.

Rethuglican on January 8, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Not fair, Ed. By referring to Glinnis Rodbuns as “an American” you saddle normal people with his absurd hyper-queer mental illness. He’s no more an American than O’Bozo is.

Jaibones on January 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Those who can’t handle the truth,
try to silence those who speak it.

ITguy on January 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

When it comes to discrimination, think of the barrels of ink spilled over a small Colorado baker who politely suggested that a gay couple get their wedding cake from a different bakery. Ink to document Christian families being dragged out of their churches and massacred? Not so much…

SacredFire on January 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Funny. Where are those Soooper Geniuses who normally hijack every Christian Thread with their condecension of Christians and their unbelief.?

Why don’t they have something to say about these martyrs, who died because they loved Him because He fist loved us.

This is where the rubber meets the road.

May God comfort all their families.

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Matthew 24:9
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

Luke 21:12
“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.

As it was foretold.

nobar on January 8, 2014 at 3:17 PM

They let Lebanon go.

Don’t look to the West.

Ben Hur on January 8, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Bae’s family was outraged:
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American Kenneth Bae detained in North Korea
7h

Statement from family of American detained in North Korea on Dennis Rodman’s visits: ‘He is playing games with my brother’s life. There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother’s expense’ – via @NBCNews
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/dennis-rodman-travels-to-north-korea-january-2014/

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Funny. Where are those Soooper Geniuses who normally hijack every Christian Thread with their condecension of Christians and their unbelief.?

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

kingsjester: Ahem,..probably getting Stone’d!!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Speaking of RodNutMan:

Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea, January 2014
3m
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Photo: Dennis Rodman and team play basketball for Kim Jong Un’s birthday – @AP
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https://twitter.com/ajam/status/421012941505564672/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Evidently. Judging from the other threads lately.

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Check your spelling. I don’t generally mention things like this but you spelled a word wrong in an awkward place.

Well I hope you did.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

You misspelled super… ;-)

I’m against anyone being killed, unless they’re killing others first. I’m especially against anyone being killed because of their religion. That’s why I wish everyone quit subscribing to one, so that other people don’t feel compelled to kill them because of their religion.

SauerKraut537 on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Any number greater than zero is obviously tragic.

However, considering there are an estimated 1.9 ~ 2.3 billion Christians in the world, that only 2 ~ 8 thousand were supposedly killed for religious reasons is nearly miraculous.

I wonder how many Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Jews, Zoroastrians, Muslims, etc were killed for religious reasons over the same period?

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I realize that I left off an “r”. Did that detract that much from the content of the post?

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

They’re heeeeeeeeeere.

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

They’re heeeeeeeeeere.

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

We’re always here, we’re always watching, we’re “like” god like that. ;-)

SauerKraut537 on January 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Christian martyrs double in 2013.

Ahem. Martyr

1. somebody put to death: somebody who chooses to die rather than deny a strongly held belief, especially a religious belief
2. somebody who makes sacrifices: somebody who makes sacrifices or suffers greatly in order to advance a cause or principle

Murder victim: What Ed is really talking about.

I’ve no doubt a number of Christians have died in the Muslim Middle East because they refused to convert to worshiping a pedophile prophet. They are a preposterously small percentage of the Christian population who have been simply murdered because Muslims are animals.

kingsjester: Happy now?

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

kingsjester: Happy now?

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I doubt he’s happy because of what you said. I think he’s more happy that we’re “heeeeeeeeeere” so they can point at us and call us names for pointing out the ridiculousness of their superstitious beliefs.

SauerKraut537 on January 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Did that detract that much from the content of the post?

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Let me be of service, if I may. English is only one of three or four languages I use on a daily basis, but I’m moderately proficient with it…

Where are those Soooper Geniuses who normally hijack every Christian Thread with their condecension of Christians and their unbelief.?

->

“Where are those Soooper Geniuses who normally hijack disturb my peace of mind on every Christian thread with their credulity and condescension towards Christians?”

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Evidently. Judging from the other threads lately.

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

kingsjester:Lol,..yuppers!–:0

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 3:48 PM

And here was me thinking this was a political blog. Apparently you have to subscribe to Cosmic Tinkerbell Monthly to join the boards.

Perhaps if HotAir had a subtitle? That might (or might not) indicate that people of a right-leaning political disposition are NOT welcome here. Only bible-thumping hysterics.

Might I recommend:

HotAir: A web site for people who have accepted the risen Jesus and have partaken of the Lord’s Glorious Bounty, filling their hearts with the sacred knowledge that “science” is Satan’s Lure, rationality just a code word for the faggoty liberal sodomization of Judeo-Christian cultural values that our Founding Fathers used to shape the Greatest Nation The World Has Ever Seen (so just because you can tell me what channel Duck Dynasty is on, don’t think that you’re fooling anybody, buster!).

[I tried to shorten it, but where's the fun in that?]

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I realize that I left off an “r”. Did that detract that much from the content of the post?

kingsjester on January 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Considering how Christianity is bashed and the missing “r” could change your statement from a positive one to a bashing one then I’d say maybe. I believe you were being supportive but I don’t know you and you may be bashing in what you think is a really cool way that has double meaning.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

So Stalin “one dead is a tragedy, many are just statistics”

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Reason.com is but a quick type away.

nobar on January 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Since the beginning of the conflict, two small towns in Syria have been a place of refuge for 4,500 families, who were forced to flee their homes in other areas of Syria. The villages are historically Christian and both communities have lived in peace with their Muslim neighbors for decades. Since the arrival of the displaced, Muslims and Christians continued to live in harmony.
On the morning of Oct. 21, 2013 the situation took a dramatic turn for the worse.
Beginning around 6 a.m., roughly sixty armed vehicles entered the one village. As the vehicles and armed personnel made their way through the streets, the shouts of “Allahu Akbar” and the touting of the Quran made it clear to both permanent residents and the newly displaced that their time of relative tranquility was quickly coming to an end. As the armed groups set up sniper posts and began a campaign of shelling, the day moved from bad to worse.
From what we can tell, the militias who have taken up positions in the two villages are mostly members of the Nursa Front (an Al-Qaeda affiliate). It is suspected that they are using the villages as a launching point for strikes against a nearby army base and arsenal.
Up to now, we know a few of our partners have been killed as a result of the sniper activity and shelling. A Christian friend who lives in one of the villages with his family, told me this morning that several mortar shells have fallen as a result of the conflict. However, due to the sniper activity, it is impossible to reach the destroyed sites to search for those killed and/or wounded.
As I was talking with my friend, I could hear children crying in fear of the situation. I could hear the faint sounds of the barrage of mortars and intense fighting raging outside. As I listened on the phone, I could not help but cry with them. Why is it that children have to be the victims of such a dirty war?
All we can do now is pray for the safety of the people there, and that they do not become IDPs for the second or third time. The lives of everyone are our concern, and we pray for God’s protection for all his people.
The situation is yet another example of the brutality and insanity of the Syrian crisis. I hope and pray that the militants withdraw quickly from the area. Their use of innocent civilians as cover for their military campaigns continues to make our hearts ache.
Let us continue to work for an end to violence and wars and the creation of a lasting peace and security.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

And here was me thinking this was a political blog. Apparently you have to subscribe to Cosmic Tinkerbell Monthly to join the boards.

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

HA seems fairly reasonably balanced with Ed and AP.

Though if Erika were to convert to Sikhism or Buddhism and MKH to Islam or Hinduism it could be even more interesting I suppose.

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 4:06 PM

You can’t have a good One World government with all those pesky Christians running around.

faraway on January 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Just curious. What if the backers of this One World Government were outspoken, devout Christians? What if the single founding document to this One World Government were the Bible?

I’m betting your fear of pesky just vanished.

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

So Stalin “one dead is a tragedy, many are just statistics”

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

No. I just wonder why Christians martyrs are apparently more important than people of other faiths being killed for their faith.

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Dominionists are members of the UN? Do tell.

nobar on January 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

For over a decade, I have been supporting the work of The Voice of the Martyrs, which helps persecuted Christians around the world and supports ministers in dangerous countries.

They are based in Bartlesville, Okla. and have been helping persecuted Christians since 1967.

Their web site is http://www.persecution.com . Please visit it.

KyMouse on January 8, 2014 at 4:15 PM

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Reason.com is but a quick type away.

nobar on January 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Ah yes, where the god Gaia rules the day. All bow down to the Prius and Volt! Because umm, science…

kirkill on January 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I suspect that the report for 2015 will have several United States victims on this list too…. or at least soon.

When the gay’s finally feel brave enough, they will start attempting to force churches to violate their religion. Some will give in (already have, like the unitarians), but some won’t. And we aren’t too far from the hoses and other riot police tactics aimed at forcing “compliance” with the new anti-hate laws.

Vanceone on January 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Oh.. Good Grief. Please don’t try to equate the gay marriage debate or any other public debates in the U.S. with the actual persecution taking place in Syria.

Illinidiva on January 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

For over a decade, I have been supporting the work of The Voice of the Martyrs, which helps persecuted Christians around the world and supports ministers in dangerous countries.

They are based in Bartlesville, Okla. and have been helping persecuted Christians since 1967.

Their web site is http://www.persecution.com . Please visit it.

KyMouse on January 8, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Love Voice of the Martyrs…Went to a conference held by them last year and I subscribe to their newsletter..need to give more to them

My fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted area always on my mind

Makes me think of this verse

Matthew 5:10

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lets not also forget that Christianity is under attack here..not as severely but it’s still happening

sadsushi on January 8, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Illinidiva on January 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

There is “persecution” in the US. What’s happening in Syria is slaughter ( “murder” is not strong enough ).

gh on January 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

While I agree with your view on “martyr”. This is not simply murder. The people are being killed because they are Christians.

gh on January 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Lets not also forget that Christianity is under attack here..not as severely but it’s still happening
sadsushi on January 8, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Persecution rarely starts out in full all out physical attack mode, it usually begins reasoned out and acceptable. People weren’t innocently looking for some way to pleasantly pass an evening when somebody suddenly suggested out of the blue, “Hey, I got an idea – Kristallnacht!”.

whatcat on January 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Somebody doesn’t sound convinced.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Please don’t try to equate the gay marriage debate or any other public debates in the U.S. with the actual persecution taking place in Syria.
Illinidiva on January 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

He didn’t mention “the ‘gay’ marriage debate”. And we certainly have seen enough of the militant homosexual gangs’ (GLAAD, NAMBLA,GLSEN) anti-JudeoChristian attacks for it to qualify as a pattern of persecution. Christian children are one of their favorite targets, especially kids in public schools – e.g. ‘Gay’ anti-bully activist ‘savages’ Christians.

whatcat on January 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

No. I just wonder why Christians martyrs are apparently more important than people of other faiths being killed for their faith.

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

You keep talking about people of other faiths being killed because of their faith…

…but you offer no links or references to show that that is happening in any appreciable numbers comparable to the Christians being murdered because of their faith.

Solaratov on January 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

knowledge that “science” is Satan’s Lure,

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

So, you’re one of those who believe that Christians don’t believe in “Science”?
Or just in a snit because Christians don’t or won’t think your way about all science?

Solaratov on January 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

…but you offer no links or references to show that that is happening in any appreciable numbers comparable to the Christians being murdered because of their faith.

Solaratov on January 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I didn’t say they were happening, I wondered if they weren’t.

I suppose they must not be since the only concern seems to be for Christians.

DarkCurrent on January 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

The people are being killed because they are Christians.

gh on January 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Hate to split hairs (but here goes): They are being killed not because they are Christians. It’s because they are not Muslims.

Why do you think there isn’t a Bhuddist or Hindu population? They were (or would have been) slaughtered long ago.

Contrary to whatever nonsense the Muslim Apologetics League will tell you, all this “people of the book” crappola is precisely that. The Muzzies taxed the Jews and Christians because they could get away with it. But Bhuddists are, in the eyes of Muslims, atheists, and Hindus engage in shirk (polytheism). Both end up getting you killed on the spot.

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Solaratov on January 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Go visit the Creationist Museum in Kentucky and drink in the Christian Love of All Things Science. Captain Smarmy Pants.

thejackal on January 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

…Crucify them!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM