President Obama Talks About Persecuted Christians At The National Prayer Breakfast
February 6, 2014 by Open Doors in Persecution updates
Dr. David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA in Washington D.C. sharing his thoughts on President Obama’s remarks. Today, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama spoke about the global persecution of Christians. “Yet even as our faith sustains us, it’s also clear that around the world freedom of religion is under threat,” said President Obama. The President went on to speak about countries such as North Korea, Iran, The Central African Republic and Nigeria (where nearly 300 churches were attacked last year). During his speech, he highlighted the peril of those enduring religious persecution. He specifically urged North Korea to release Christian missionary Kenneth Bae and for Iran to release Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. “I am encouraged by President Obama’s support for persecuted Christians and other faith groups in such places as North Korea, Iran and other countries around the world,” Curry says. “With the number of martyred Christians almost doubling last year from 1,201 to 2,123, according to Open Doors researchers, it is past due for a new focus in the State Department and our entire government to support the value of religious freedom worldwide and in our own country.” Open Doors unveiled the 2014 World Watch List (which ranks the top 50 countries where Christians face the greatest persecution) in January at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Of the countries on the list, 66% saw an increase in persecution from the previous year. North Korea topped the list as the most difficult country in the world to be a Christian for the 12th consecutive year. The global persecution of Christians is increasing and cannot be ignored. Join with us in spreading the word about their plight and coming along side our brothers and sisters in prayer. You can sign up to receive more resources at http://www.worldwatchlist.us.