June 22, 2013

Lackluster U.S. response to Christian persecution around the world

Finally a congressman speaks up about the lame and feeble response the U.S. is taking on Christian persecution around the world.

Rep. Frank Wolf, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission,  criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mideast, urging the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities.

“America has always been a friend to the oppressed, the persecuted, the forgotten. But, sadly, today, that allegiance is in question, as religious freedom and human-rights abuses around the globe increasingly go unaddressed and unanswered,”
The congressman noted that the civil war in Syria has killed some 93,000. Its consequences for Syrian Christians are “largely unknown and, unfortunately, rarely addressed by Western media.”

According to Wolf, the plight of Coptic Christians has been neglected by successive U.S. administrations. They now face marginalization under Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government.
The congressman lamented the decline in the Jewish population in countries such as Iraq and Egypt and the marginalization of the Baha’i community in Iran.  “It appears a similar fate may await the ancient Christian community in these same lands.
The years-long vacancy of the United States’ ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom also gives the impression that religious freedom is not important, Wolf added.

He said that Congress should pass legislation to create an envoy dedicated to advocacy on behalf of religious minorities in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

Some 100,000 Christians killed per year over faith, Vatican says

A staggering 100,000 Christians are killed annually because of their faith, according to the Vatican -- and several human rights groups claim such anti-Christian violence is on the rise in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt…."Other Christians and other believers are subjected to forced displacement, to the destruction of their places of worship, to rape and to the abduction of their leaders,

Just in the past week:
Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs'

Putin backs Assad and berates west over proposal to arm rebels.  Russian president says backing 'those who kill their enemies and eat their organs' flouts Europe's humanitarian values.  "“You will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras. Are these the people you want to support? "

Iraqi MP: Syria collapse would endanger all Mideast Christians

Christian Beheaded for Refusing to Renounce Faith 

‘Pakistan Christian Women Abused For Faith In Christ’, reportedly beaten and forced to parade naked in a Pakistani village due to their faith in Christ.

Fifty-Two Churches Destroyed In Nigeria

Pakistan: A Christian Family plundered, Father abducted and tortured by Muslim Mob

Saudi Arabia declares destruction of all churches in region
Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, says, "The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia--the top Islamic official in the country of Saudi Arabia--has declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.'" Nettleton goes on to note that the report hasn't surfaced anywhere except on the Council on Foreign Relations Web site, which was then picked up by The Atlantic.

Posted by Jill Fallon at June 22, 2013 12:33 AM | Permalink