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Iraqi children displaced by the Islamic State (Photo credit: Dale Gavlak for CNS)

Countering Jihad Part 1: Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Iraq Can’t Wait

February 16, 2015

Christians and other minorities in Iraq cannot wait for the United States government to grasp adequately the ideology behind what it terms “violent extremism.”


Education: This Time It Really is About the Children

September 15, 2014

Few realms of human activity have such a profound impact on individuals, families, societies, and nations than the quality (or lack thereof) in education…


Mideast Christians, Immigration & Social Justice

August 20, 2014

As an Evangelical, I believed that “social justice” was meant especially for persons persecuted for their faith, including Mideast Christians…

Christians from Mosul took refuge in this Iraqi town before ISIS attacked, forcing them to flee again. (Photo credit:  Allen Kakony for Aletia)

What Can YOU Do for Persecuted Iraqis? (Part 2)

August 18, 2014

We can’t force the U.S. government to save Christians and other religious minorities of Iraq from ISIS, but we can do what we can do: pray, be a voice, and urge our government not to look the other way.


Indonesia Destroying Churches as Islamist Influence Grows

June 12, 2014

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world. Its decline into extremism and intolerance does not bode well for the future.

Photo Courtesy: Open Doors

More Muslims May Be Coming To Christ in Iran Than Anywhere Else

April 11, 2014

Open Doors estimates Iran has 370,000 “new Christians from a Muslim background.” The organization says many Iranians have become Christians because of Christian television programming from other nations.

Refugees from Iran say that Christians have boldly begun discussing their faith with Muslim neighbors.

Photo Credit: Eddie Petros

Religious and Political Leaders Warn of “Dying Middle East Religious Diversity”

March 27, 2014

Officials ranging from U.S. Catholic leaders to a former president of Lebanon are expressing concern about the increasing persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East.

"The world was not worthy of them." Malatya Martyrs: Necati Aydin, Tilmann Geske, and Ugur Yuksel, murdered on April 18, 2007. (Photo credit:

No Justice for Turkey’s Christian Martyrs?

March 7, 2014

Seven years have passed since the horrific deaths of Turkish Christians Necati Aydin, 35, and Ugur Yuksel, 32, and German Christian Tilmann Geske 46. There is still no justice for the families of the three men who were tortured and killed at the Malatya, Turkey offices of Zirve Christian Publishing. And now, thanks to changes in the judicial system passed by the Turkish Parliament, justice may never be meted out on the Islamist murderers.

Photo: Government of Israel Press Office

Which Way Are Christian Attitudes About Israel Moving?

March 5, 2014

Recently the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual policy conference in Washington, and stated that when it comes to public backing for Israel, by some measures, U.S. evangelical Christians are even more supportive of Israel than in recent memory.

(PHoto: Courtesy, Barnabas Fund)

Efforts Underway To Help Iraqi Christians Remain In Country

March 2, 2014

Al Monitor reports the Christian population in Iraq has decreased by more than 75 percent since 2003. Before that year there were around 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, and according to the latest reports from Christian leaders in the country, around 300,000 remain.

The proposed draft laws would include, among other things efforts to protect the language and cultural education and establish efforts to get religious minorities media representation nationally. Under this legislation minority languages would also be taught in the schools.

Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Safe Haven for Christians?

January 14, 2013

(Photo credit: Al Monitor) By Alan Wisdom The Christian community in Iraq has suffered great loss in the decade since the U.S. invasion of 2003. Is there a ray of hope now that Iraq’s…

Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy at Center of Catholic U Conference

December 18, 2012

By Rick Plasterer The global situation for religious freedom is deteriorating greater than commonly understood, especially in the Middle East, according to speakers at a Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of…