Middle Eastern Christians

Advice for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Advice for the Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

While the work of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom is vital, the ambassador is most effective when he or she influences the department and US policy as a whole. The combination of ambassador-at-large and religion is thus a difficult one at State, so having someone as politically experienced as Brownback in the role is vital.

Christians Must Stand Against Iran
Christians Must Stand Against Iran

Surrounded by strategic threats and faced with an increasingly aggressive Iran, the security situation for both Israel and Christian communities in the Middle East has changed in an unpredictable and dangerous way.

Establish a Global Coalition to Save the Cradle of Christianity
Establish a Global Coalition to Save the Cradle of Christianity

Iraqi Christians in the Nineveh Plains require assistance, which can only be achieved by a coalition of states seeking the indigenous population’s best interest. President Trump and numerous European governments have made assisting displaced and persecuted Christians a top priority. These leaders have followed words with actions, but more must be done.

Dutch Government Takes Stance on Daesh Genocide
Dutch Government Takes Stance on Daesh Genocide

On December 22, 2017, the Dutch government published a letter recognizing that in all likelihood Daesh (ISIS) perpetrates genocide against religious groups in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey Starts Jihad on Syrian Kurds
Turkey Starts Jihad on Syrian Kurds

In October of last year, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the United States, liberated the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, who had proclaimed it to be the capital of its caliphate. Four months later, NATO member Turkey has opened a military campaign in the Syrian region Afrin against the same Kurds who led the fight against ISIS.

Middle East Christians Miss Opportunity with Mike Pence’s Visit
Middle East Christians Miss Opportunity with Mike Pence’s Visit

Christian leaders in the Holy Land were offered a remarkable opportunity this week when Vice President Mike Pence visited. But instead of seizing this occasion and making full use of it to save their brothers and sisters, Middle East Christian leaders chose to prioritize their opposition to Israel.

The United Nations’ Shameful Treatment of Persecuted Christians
The United Nations’ Shameful Treatment of Persecuted Christians

Discriminatory policies and negligence within the United Nations are aggravating a crisis among Christians in the Middle East.

Iraqi Christians: The Forgotten Refugees
Iraqi Christians: The Forgotten Refugees

We as Christians are called to remember that “if one member suffers, all suffer together,” so we cannot forget these Iraqi Christian refugees.

Helping Religious Minorities Persecuted by Daesh
Helping Religious Minorities Persecuted by Daesh

In the first part of 2014, Daesh (also referred to as Islamic State or ISIS) began to establish the so-called…