iraqi-christiansLast year saw the highest level of persecution of Christians the world has seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a report by a Christian persecution watchdog group released Wednesday. Open Doors USA highlighted that in the 24 years that Open Doors has been tracking numbers on global persecution, 2014 was the most violent year of Christian persecution and was far worse than the year before.  “Perhaps most chilling is the fact that all the factors, all of the issues that made this a violent year for Christian persecution are still in place,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors, at the press conference. “During the past reporting period we can confirm that 4,344 people were executed or murdered for their faith in Jesus Christ. Over twice that of the previous reporting period.”  In an interview with The Christian Post, Curry explained that the common thread in both the state-sponsored and terrorist-based persecution documented was “ideology.” “There are indications that there are some nationalistic movements like Eritrea where the government itself has adopted the ideology,” said Curry. More