Leading Authority on Christian Persecution Offers Statement on Oregon Shooting

The following is a statement from Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry in response to the shooting at Umpqua Community College:

“The tragic shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, is an example of what is happening more and more in America. All lives lost in this act of violence are equally precious and the loss is heartbreaking.

“Unfortunately, this appears to be the latest example of growing hostility toward people who identify as Christian. Reports seem to indicate the shooter asked at least some of his victims if they were Christians and then killed those who affirmed their Christian faith. While this type of religious persecution is rare in the U.S., Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world.

“Open Doors has unfortunately observed devastating acts like this unfolding around the world for the last sixty years, and I am dismayed that they have come to our own nation. My hope is that, as we mourn this tragic incident, Americans will soften their hearts toward those around the world for whom this is a daily occurrence. I would also urge all of us to consider the privilege of religious freedom that we enjoy in the U.S., work to protect it and advocate for those abroad who do not have it.  

“We are praying for all those impacted by the shooting in Roseburg and for those who lost loved ones yesterday.”


About Open Doors USA:

For 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.