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No Longer the Iraq I Loved

January 29, 2015

After many visits to Iraq, I now returned to face a genocide of the Christians in Iraq I loved and the realization the Iraq I knew no longer exists.

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THIS DAY WE FIGHT!

January 21, 2015

Some Christians are in denial about the evil we face, and pray passively “for peace,” but the Bible tells us do battle against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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The Lesson of Father Gleb

January 9, 2015

Today there are “Father Glebs” in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, and elsewhere, self-sacrificially speaking out for the persecuted. When they hear these voices, does the Western Church care?

International Coalition of Parliamentarians with Charter on Religious Freedom signed today (Photo credit: Embassy of Canada in Norway)

More Good News: International Coalition for Religious Freedom Launched

November 8, 2014

Oslo, Norway hosted a gathering of parliamentarians from the world over to discuss how to jointly combat rising religious persecution and protect religious freedom globally.

Poster for IDOP from University Bible Fellowship of Illinois institute of Technology.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

November 2, 2014

Today important issues clamor for our attention. In fact, many of those issues are represented in blog posts on Juicy Ecumenism. So it is a challenge to claim attention — even from Christians —…

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Twitter Rally Wednesday to Urge Congress Act Against ISIS

October 14, 2014

On Wednesday, October 15, from 12 noon to 10 PM Eastern Time, hundreds of concerned citizens will participate in a Twitter campaign on behalf of the persecuted and beleaguered people of the Middle East…

Freedom of speech defender Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and Sister Hatune Dogan at the Institute on Religion and Democracy (Photo credit: Baron Bodissey)

A Story by Sister Hatune

October 7, 2014

IRD hosted a meeting with Sister Hatune Dogan, a Syrian Orthodox nun that ministers to victims of persecution in Iraq and Syria.

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The Lost Boys and “The Good Lie”

October 6, 2014

I remember when the Sudanese Lost Boys arrived, with little more than the clothes on their backs. The one prized possession that many clutched was the Bible.

Senator Ted Cruz speaking at the White House rally for imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Fuller for IRD)

Unity with the Persecuted

September 22, 2014

“Speak up for your brothers & sisters. Repent of silence. Rejoice to be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Metaxas spoke of unity not because of nationality or politics – but because the Church must speak with one voice against evil.

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Five Eastern Christian Patriarchs Meet with President Obama

September 20, 2014

It should be our hope and prayer that this meeting with President Obama was more than simply a photo op used by the administration to pacify Christian critics.

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Pope Decries Persecution of Christians in Sunday Angelus

September 19, 2014

“While we contemplate and celebrate the Holy Cross, we think of so many of our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and killed because of their faith in Christ…”

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry displays the symbol for Christians painted by ISIS on their houses. (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

“Silence is Full of Blood”

September 16, 2014

“In the Middle East and in Africa, silence is not ‘golden’ anymore. Silence is full of blood.”