Islamist Extremists Main Cause of Aggression Against Christians

"The main engine: Islamic extremism. In 40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List, WWL, Open Doors said "Islamic extremism" was a primary source of pressure on Christian life. “It is fair to say that Islamic extremism has two global centres of gravity. One in the Arab Middle East, but the other is in sub-Saharan Africa, and even Christian majority states are experiencing unprecedented levels of exclusion, discrimination and even violence,” wrote Ron Boyd-MacMillan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors UK, in a report supplementing the World Watch List. Though violence against Christians made headlines throughout 2014, it was largely the same in most countries, with the exception of Iraq, Syria and Nigeria, according to the report. Instead, pressure on Christians increased mostly in less obvious ways: being shunned by family; losing a job and rejection within the community for faith related reasons. Such “squeeze” tactics, the report said, are especially hard on former Muslims who have embraced Christianity. “It’s important to understand this extremism is not only from the violent jihadists like the militant Islamist group Boko Haram."