February 17, 2012
In the wake of the most recent incident of Iranian authorities raiding a house church and arresting members of the congregation, reports from the Muslim-majority nation indicate that the persecution of Christians there is growing worse each day, World Net Daily reports. "The forces of sharia Islam are in the ascendant all over the Middle East these days," said Clare Lopez, senior fellow with the Center for Security Policy. "With the newfound sense of empowerment combined with what is perceived as Western complicity and weakness in the face of that situation, it is to be expected that all religious minorities ... will feel the brutality of Islamic supremacism. ... Remember, pluralism and tolerance are totally Western ideas, completely foreign to Islam and certainly the Middle East."