Religious-based violence has existed for the duration of human history, in one form or another. (Think of The Crusades.) Suffice it to say, however, that the increasing number of people dying today because of their faith is worthy of comment.
This op-ed in today's New York Times, written by Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, does a good job of summarizing what's happening around the globe. The takeaway is that in some parts of the world, this type of extreme violence seems to be on the rise, especially so for Christians.
"This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.
"Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters. The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped."
-- Phillip Tutor