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.