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ICC Note: A petition signed by thousands of Christians in the UK is warning of the risk that Christians are facing and the need for more action to be taken to protect them. Though a small minority, “Christians are a glue that holds the region together.” 

04/28/2015 Middle East (Christian Today) The rise of extremism has left Christians without hope for a future in the birthplace of their faith, according to a new petition to David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.

Thousands of evangelicals who attended Spring Harvest are calling on the Conservative, LibDem and Labour leaders to set aside party differences and take new steps against persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

The 4,496 Christians warn that the faith is at serious risk of extinction in the region.

“Whatever the outcome in May, they are urging these leaders in the strongest terms to work across party and international lines to defend ethnic and religious diversity in the Middle East, which is crucial for the stability and prosperity of the region, said the charities Open Doors UK and Ireland, Bible Society and Spring Harvest.

A representative from Aleppo in Syria, whose name is not being disclosed for security reasons, told senior figures from all three parties about the work being done by the charities, the total devastation and the need for diversity if the region is to have a stable future.

Lord Feldman of the Conservative Party said the persecution was “terrible, shocking and catastrophic for the region, as Christians are a glue that holds the region together.”

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