Christians are leaving the Middle East in record numbers, driven out by terrorism by the Islamic State (IS) and laws in countries the U.S. considers allies, the Newsmax website reports today (May 13, 2017).
By 2025, Christians are expected to comprise a mere 3 percent of the population in the Middle East, whereas they represented 13.6 percent a century ago.
Islam is the primary religion in the Middle East. Laws in some countries discriminate against Christians, denying them the right to government jobs or even to rebuild churches.
"The disappearance of such minorities sets the stage for more radical groups to dominate in society," said Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts.