CHRISTIANS are being persecuted for being Christian. The persecution, if not state sanctioned, is ignored and tolerated by many governments, especially in the Middle East, across the Maghreb, the Arabian peninsula, in the Indian sub-continent and the prc. The worst right now is for the Christians of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and disturbingly, Israel (state sanctioned discrimination, violence by Jewish extremist). Our government must act to defend Christians in these areas, to make governments know persecution of Christians must stop and that they must protect their Christian citizens and treat them as equals in their nations. Our nation must do more for Christian refugees, offer them asylum in the U.S. and work with the American religious community to provide housing, education, health care, job training, all the social services they need from the government and charities to settle all who want to come to the U.S. There is a lesson for all of us to learn also, not only from these Christian refugees but from the plight of the Muslim refugees from Syria flooding into Europe. The Muslim refugees aren't going to saudi arabia or the Persian Gulf states or Iran because they belong to the "wrong" sect and because these countries are governed by theocratic tyrants who consistently violate their citizens human rights. They are making their way to Europe where they believe they will be able to practice their religion and make a better life for their families and live under the rule of law. Right wing Christians in America frequently claim they are being persecuted for their faith. I'd like to hear them share their stories of persecution with the Christian refugees from any of the countries mentioned above, one would hope they would quickly be shamed into silence. One can also hope the plight of both Christian and Muslim refugees would make Americans of all faiths and of no faith realize how fortunate we are to live in a Republic, with separation of Church and state, and not a theocracy. kim davis, you are not being persecuted for your faith, you are in jail because you refuse to follow the law. This tweet explains it perfectly.
The following from the +Washington Post .....
Richard Cohen: The Islamic State is evil returned
David Ignatius: A strategy forms to combat the Islamic State
Michael Gerson: Can Muslim lands learn to tolerate Christianity?
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