Embracing the Cross – Christians in the Middle East

The ongoing debate about Syrian and Iraqi refugees continues to escalate; however even if the US decided to open its doors to these refugees it would not have any effect in relieving the suffering of persecuted minorities.

The Obama administration simply echoes the Bush administration’s attitude to the Christians.

“It has been one year since Islamic State began its conquest of a third of Iraq and its destruction of that country’s ancient Christian civilization…. And there’s no reason to think that America would shape its defense policy to specifically help Iraqi Christians. This was true even during the Bush administration. When I asked about a safe haven for Christians in 2007, when mounting kidnappings and terrorism were directed against the Christians of Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood, the State Department’s coordinator for Iraq policy told me that it is “against U.S. policy to further sectarianism.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confirmed that this was “the policy,” arguing that reducing violence would help all Iraqis, even though the U.S. helped empower, in turn, Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419582/iraqs-christians-need-sanctuary-and-west-should-provide-it-nina-shea

Since the Civil War erupted in Syria in 2011 only 3% of the 2184 Syrian refugees resettled in the United States have been persecuted religious minorities, therefore Christians and all people of good will who wish to respond to this crisis can respond to the invitation of such organizations as the Iraqi Christian Relief Council.

We can share in their mission of assisting persecuted religious minorities and can encourage others to relieve human suffering.

See: Embracing the Cross – Christians in the Middle East