photo of burning Christian Coptic church
Christians are being persecuted throughout the mid-East, Asia and Africa. The regions’ Christian population is down from 20% to 4% in the last century. It is the smallest minority population in the region. Christianity is all but eradicated.
The mass exodus of Christians from the Middle East post-Arab Spring is the largest reported and is being ignored or barely touched upon by the media.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reported that “the flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”
Obama has completely ignored the tribulations of Christians.
The Arab Spring has accelerated Christian and Jewish flight, what few Jews were left.
Up until 1995, Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, was a thriving suburb of Israel.
Since the PA took control of the West Bank in the early 90’s, they have tried to present a picture of Muslim-Christian solidarity. The fact is, however, that Muslims are pressuring the Christian inhabitants to leave. In 1960, 90% of the Bethlehem residents were Christians, today it’s about 10%. Many left homes their families owned fro generations. Christian churches and cemeteries have been attacked and Christian-owned businesses have been defaced.
Christians faced harassment, were threatened and shot at if they walked through the streets, most were afraid to wear crosses. People were murdered for inviting non-Christian children to a fabrication Bible School. The First Baptist Church of Bethlehem has been fire-bombed 14 times.
Palestinians see Christians as replacement Jews.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not protecting the Coptic Christians as promised.
In January, four Coptic churches were torched. A woman and her seven children were sentenced to 15 years in prison because they converted to Christianity.
One church bombing in 2011 left 23 dead.
Girls walking down the street are told to cover their heads and if they don’t, they are physically attacked. It will only get worse once Sharia’h law is entrenched.
Christians are fleeing Egypt in record numbers – 100,000 – since the Arab Spring’s Islamist takeover. In Pakistan, a Muslim Fatwa was issued that stated Muslims cannot celebrate Christmas. Christians celebrating Christmas mass were attacked by armed assailants in Islamabad.
In Mali, 200,000 Christians have fled mass killings by jihadists after the Islamic coup.
In European Bosnia, no permits for Christian churches have been approved in Sarajevo while dozens of Mosques have been built. The writing is on the wall. More than 400,000 Christians have fled the Balkans. History is repeating itself.
In Iraq, a Christian medical student was killed by a car bomb. A Christian teacher had her throat cut. To be fair, the NY Times has reported on the Iraqi exodus of Christians but not necessarily on the mass exodus from other areas.
Two attacks in Nigeria left 30 Christians dead at the hands of armed Jihadists.
In Iran, Saeed Abedini, an American-Christian pastor, has been tortured and jailed for “preaching.” The U.S. State Department’s “virtual embassy” to Iran, which highlights that country’s human rights abuses, has a site listing those jailed for dissent or religious beliefs. They have not listed Pastor Abedini.
Jihadist militias in Syria have been kidnapping, torturing, maiming and murdering Christians. The jihadists, whom we are backing in the Syrian civil war, are blocking the exodus of Christians. As twenty-five thousand recently tried to flee, their path was blocked by militia.
A recent Fatwa authorized the rape of of all non-Sunni women.
Christians are being persecuted in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Algeria, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, Tanzania, Uzbekistan and Russia (particularly the North Caucasus, where the Tsarnaevs trace their heritage).
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va) traveled extensively through the region and released a 14-page report warning of the oppression and the mass exodus of Christians. The report is titled, “First the Saturday People, Then the Sunday People: The Exodus of Jews and Christians from the Middle East.”
“Over the span of a few decades, the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, has virtually been emptied of Jews,” the congressman said in a recent report.
“While it remains to be seen whether the historic exodus of Christians from the region will prove to be as dramatic as what has already happened to the Jewish community, it is without question devastating, as it threatens to erase Christianity from its very roots,” he cautioned.
“Christian leaders in the West must begin to speak out about what is happening not only in Syria but in the Middle East and other parts of South Central Asia.”
He called for a special envoy at the State Department to protect and preserve religious minority communities in the mid-East and South Central Asia. He also asked for a relief fund to address their economic hardships.