The Sad Plight of Christians in the Middle East

At this time of uncertainty and political vacuum in the Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East, more light should be shined on the disturbing and deteriorating situation of Christians in those countries.  It is unfortunate that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, created in 1998 to advise the president and Congress on the plight of persecuted religious groups, is being closed.  The president is now therefore unable to be given such advice and to take specific action, such as economic or other sanctions, travel bans on government officials, and limits put on foreign aid, against countries designated by the Commission as of "particular concern" because of religious persecution in their territory. Christians are not an exogenous entity intruding into a homogeneous Arab Muslim world; they have been present in these countries for two millennia. Christian communities and individuals have played a vital role in the Middle East, the cradle of...(Read Full Article)

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