Nine out of the ten countries ranked the most oppressive for Christians to live in were due to Islamic extremism, according to Open Doors' annual World Watch List, which was released Wednesday.
With the exception of North Korea – ranked No. 1 for the 12th year in a
row – every other country on the top 10 list had as its source of
persecution, Islamic extremism. North Korea's persecution of Christians
was due to communist oppression and dictatorial paranoia, explained Open
Doors in its 2014 World Watch List. According to the report, the
countries with the most extreme persecution besides North Korea are:
Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan,
Iran, and Yemen, respectively.
Open Doors announced the rankings for its 2014 World Watch List, which
documented the 50 nations least tolerant of their Christian population,
at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Christian persecution
watchdog group's methodology involved measuring the level of Christian
freedom found in five spheres of life: private, family, community,
national, and church. A sixth sphere regarding degree of violence also
factors in to the rankings.