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Congress Hears Testimony on ‘Flagrant’ Christian Persecution in Middle East

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Lawmakers listened to testimony from experts and religious leaders highlighting the persecution of Christians that is rampant across the Middle East. As a representative from the Vatican stated, Arab Christians “find themselves the target of constant harassment for no reason other than their religious faith.” The United States has an important role to play in leading the conversation to find solutions to religiously based discrimination and persecution.

Why Christians Are Crucial to the Middle East’s Future

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The following interview with Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, provides important insight into why Christians play such an important role in the Middle East and how the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of Christians specifically is in the best interests of all peoples in the Middle East, and even in the West as well.

Persecution of Christians: No Room at the Inn

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Slowly across the Western world we are seeing more and more political and thought leaders awake to the reality of Christian persecution, and the massive scale on which it is taking place across the Middle East. The horrific abuses have been largely ignored for a number of reasons from “political correctness,” fear of “doing God” in public, or taking sides in some sort of “clash of civilizations.” None of these, even if they were accurate, are justification for allowing massive crimes against humanity to take place with near total impunity and with little outcry from those countries who claim to be the defenders of human rights.  

Hamas Cracks Down on Christians; Pushes Conversion to Islam

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Christians living in the Gaza Strip live under the reality of ongoing attacks on both churches and individuals. Living under the control of Hamas which considers Christians as infidels, the situation is more serious than you can imagine, Hazem Shanab said. Hamas controls all churches and mosques implements their ideology in all sectors of life, even to rewriting textbooks to match their worldview.

Pope Says ‘No Middle East without Christians’

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Following a meeting with the leaders of churches across the Middle East Pope Francis spoke out calling for the church to support the continued existence of the church in areas that have increasingly become hostile to Christians. “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians,” Pope Francis said. This further highlights the work that is necessary to support the church and to address the political and cultural dynamics that are driving their exodus and in some cases martyrdom.

No One Wants to Admit That There’s a War on Christians

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

“We ignore too many things, and even more indefensibly, we pretend not to see too many things.” This is the reality for how much of the world has treated the intensifying war against Christians in much of the Middle East. Among many in the West there is a massive, and sometimes willful, ignorance of the realities confronting Christians around the world who are paying a high cost because of their faith. Many often thing of Christianity as a Western religion, though the reality is that nearly two thirds of the 2.2 billion Christians (Protestant and Catholic combined) live outside of the West and that number is rising. They are also far more likely to be the victims rather than the perpetrators of religious persecution.

Hamas Imposes Islamization on Schools in Gaza

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Christian Schools in Gaza Face Forced Closures

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Five Christian schools are set to be closed down in Gaza as a result of a decision taken by the Hamas government. The decision is to ban coeducational institutions as a reflection of an increasing conservative Islamic value system. While the law does not specifically target Christians the only coeducational schools are the two Catholic and three Christian schools. The two Catholic schools would be forced to shut down, ending their service to more than 1,000 students.

Christianity faces a Middle Eastern exodus

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

The Arab Spring quickly turned to winter for Christians following the political rise of Islamists and increased assaults on Christians and churches. As a result, thousands of Christians have fled or are preparing to flee Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries. The Kansas City Star takes an inside look at why Christians are leaving and what the future holds.

The Mideast’s Vanishing Christians

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Christians throughout the Middle East are being attacked and killed while thousands upon thousands have fled their homeland in hopes of finding a safe haven in western countries. For example, in Iran, the Revolutionary Guard has taken over the oversight of churches and has arrested scores of Christian converts from Islam. In Kuwait, the Saudi grand mufti told crowds that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula.” In Gaza, Christians have allegedly been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. These cases are just a few of many extreme acts and threats of persecution in the Middle East that The National Interest brings to light in this revealing article.

Tens of Thousands of Muslims Coming to Christ, Says Iranian Ministry Leader

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Gaza Under Hamas: A Taliban-like Regime?

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Christians victims in Palestinian controlled Gaza Strip

Deporting “Son of Hamas”

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

US officials want to send a Muslim convert to Christianity back to West Bank. He will definitly be killed if they send him back.

Vatican says world ignores Christians in Mideast

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

In preparation for the crisis summit of Middle East bishops to be held in October, the Vatican released a 46-page document explaining the persecution Christians face throughout the Middle East.

PA backtracks over Christian channel

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

A Christian radio station near Bethlehem that was shut-down by the Palestinian Authority, is now allowed to reopen. However, radio director, Samir Qumsieh, demands an apology before reopening, condemning the Palestinian Authority of suppressing religious expression.

Vatican blames Israel for driving out Christians

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

But locals say Muslim intimidation, persecution is main factor

Copt killings heighten Christian alarm

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Christians are on the run throughout the Muslim dominated Middle East.

Islamic Christianophobia

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The world ignores the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.

Persecution of Christians in Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Difficulty continues for Christians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Christians in lands across Middle East face uncertain time this Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009

In the birthplace of Christianity, present fear and future uncertainty threaten populations which have praised Christ for centuries.

The Forgotten Palestinian Refugees

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Even in Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians are suffering under Muslim intolerance.

Hamas disinters Christians in Gaza

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Reverend Majed El Shafie, President of One Free World International (OFWI), said “between 200-300 million Christians are being persecuted in the world, 80 percent of whom lived in Muslim countries and the rest in communist and other countries.”

Christians Suffer Under the Palestinian Authority

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The American government refuses to acknowledge the medieval abuses of Christians at the hands of the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinians Remember Murdered Christian Bookstore Leader

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Rami Ayyad was stabbed and shot to death in Gaza City

Gaza ‘Islamization’ Continues, Schoolgirls Told ‘Cover Up’

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The new rules are being enforced on members the region’s small Christian minority as well

Forgotten-Christians in Palestine

Monday, August 31st, 2009

“Today, Christians in Bethlehem constitute less than 15 percent of the population…five or six decades ago, the Christians living in the birthplace of Jesus made up more than 70 percent of the population.”

Fears in Gaza over Hamas’ intention to impose Sharia

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The move by Hamas to impose Sharia law in Gaza results in violation of human rights for people of Gaza, including freedom of religion for Gaza’s Christian minorities.

Vandals Attack Graves in West Bank

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

"When we arrived this morning to attend holy mass, we were surprised with the desecration of the graves of the Christian dead in this cemetery. Out of the 200 graves, about 70 were destroyed and their crosses broken. This is the first time Christian property has been attacked by trouble-makers attempting to create a bad mood in society here."

Muslims desecrate Christian graves near Ramallah

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Palestinian Christians continue to face persecution. According to this report, Christian graves and Christian symbols are vandalized in Jafna, a village north of Ramallah.

The Forgotten Faithful

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Arab Christians are one of the most persecuted Christians groups. Particularly following the growth of radical Islam, many Arab Christians have been forced to flee the Middle East.

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