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Putting Middle East Christians At Risk

James Zogby | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

This week a coalition of mostly far-right "Christian" organizations hosted a conference in Washington that claimed to be defending persecuted minorities in the Middle East. After examining the groups involved and list of invited speakers, the conference's purposes appear to be dangerously provocative and even sinister.

ISIS Destroyed An Ancient Christian Monastery In Syria With Bulldozers

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - The Islamic State group demolished an ancient monastery founded more than 1,500 years in central Syria Friday near a town where...

Syrian Archbishop On Christians Threatened By ISIS: 'We May Disappear Soon'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) In the weeks leading up to Easter, Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo was starting to sense, finally, that the war that had rav...

Activists Call On President Obama To Appoint Envoy For Persectued Christians

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Beheadings, enslavement, kidnappings and rape plague minority religious communities across the Middle East, and it’s time for Presi...

Iraqi Christians Ponder Their Future

Religion News Service | Cathy Otten | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

ALQOSH, Iraq (RNS) Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of M...

Vicar Of Baghdad: 'Every Christian Wants To Leave'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion

Canon Andrew White has witnessed a dramatic decline in the Christian population of Iraq since the Islamic State began its nation-wide sweep. Dubbed...

Ted Cruz: The Dangers of Not Listening

James Zogby | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

It is generally known that Ted Cruz can be a demagogue, a quality that makes him immensely disliked by his colleagues. He is also considered to be quite bright and calculating. And so as I have attempted to understand why he did what he did, two distinct scenarios come to mind.

How One Christian Group Is Supporting Brethren In Iraq

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christ...

Islamic State's Persecution Of Christians Is A 'Crime Against Humanity'

USA Today | Kirsten Powers | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in ear...

LOOK: How Christianity Is Disappearing In The Middle East In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land on May 24 has highlighted an increasing exodus of Christians from the Middle East, the very region that gave birt...

We Must Not Forget The Middle East's Persecuted Christians

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox leaders joined forces on Wednesday (May 7) to call for an end to the silence over persecuted Christ...

Christians In Middle East Slam Plans For Strike

Religion News Service | SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a global evangelical group said Wedn...

The Most Persecuted Religion in the World

Kelly James Clark | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Kelly James Clark

We have scarcely skimmed the surface of violence and intolerance to Christians in Muslims worlds. If it should continue at its present rate, Christianity will very soon be completely eradicated in its homeland.

Representing Egypt's Coptic Christians, After The Death Of Pope Shenouda III

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Kurt J. Werthmuller

In a sense, then, Pope Shenouda came to personify the collective struggles of the Copts -- and so his death has likewise been felt especially deeply by the community as a whole.

Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye On Arab Spring

Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion

By Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch USA Today CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary as visitors...

Getting Away With It: Egypt's Religious Minorities Need The Rule Of Law

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Kurt J. Werthmuller

It is still unclear how Egyptian legislation under increasingly Islamist influence might treat the Copts and other religious minorities, but it is an increasingly grim outlook.

Sat-7: Christian TV Expands Its Middle East/North Africa Footprint

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.14.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

In 15 years of existence Sat-7 has attracted over 15 million viewers in a region that's mostly Muslim -- not by converting Muslims, but by creating an environment that's less hostile towards Christians

Abrahamic Faiths Mocked By Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Canards

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Some Middle East church leaders, it seems, never embraced the Vatican's denunciation of theological anti-Semitism.

Christians Under Siege: The Challenge Of Religious Pluralism In The Muslim World

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

While entitled in many countries to equality of citizenship and religious freedom, religious minorities in the Muslim world increasingly fear the erosion of their rights -- and with good reason.

How To Save The Christians Of The Middle East

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It is less and less disputable that we are in the presence of what can actually and accurately be termed mass persecution. Hard to imagine, since we are dealing with a religion that has long been dominant.

Vatican Focuses On Troubles In Middle East

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) As descendants of the original Christians, Catholics in the Middle East occupy a uniquel...