Open Doors Responds to Pakistan Bombing: Another Example of Why More Must Be Done

The following is a statement from Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry in response to the bombing in Pakistan targeting Christians as they celebrate Easter: 

“Open Doors USA is calling on all lawmakers and presidential candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, to take a stronger position on Christian persecution. Today’s suicide bombing in Pakistan, which was specifically targeted at Christians celebrating the Easter holiday, is one of the countless examples of the escalating global persecution against Christians. Each life lost is precious. I’m disappointed that the Western world only seems to pay close attention when attacks happen here in the West. The lives lost in Africa, the Middle East or Southeast Asia are just as valuable as those lost in Europe or the United States. We should be equally outraged by their loss.

“Countering the kind of terrorism we saw today in Pakistan will take strong leadership and skilled diplomacy from the United States with other like-minded nations. Together, we must speak out against religious persecution wherever it may be found.                             

“Let us all work together—citizens, lawmakers and leaders of every ilk—to protect religious freedom and advocate for those around the world who do not have it.”

Pakistan is No. 6 on the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List. Its main driver of persecution is Islamic extremism and the level of persecution as a whole is rated as extreme.

About Open Doors USA:

For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.

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