The Belief blog of CNN admits that ‘Christians face rising persecution’ in the world.
A pastor sits on death row in Iran. His crime? Renouncing Islam for Christianity.
A Christian mother of two faces execution in Pakistan – and a preacher has put a price on her head in case the president pardons her. Her crime? Insulting the Prophet Mohammed.
In Iraq, dozens of Christians lie in fresh graves. Their fatal mistake? Going to church.
And these are not simply isolated incidents, but part of a broader pattern, experts say.
“There does appear to be an upsurge in violence directed against Christians,” said Leonard Leo, the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.