December 12, 2011
Christian Solidarity International (CSI) has issued a genocide warning for endangered religious minorities in the Islamic Middle East, Mission Network News reports. Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs USA said, "When you look at elections in Egypt where 60-some-odd percent of the vote went to the Islamic parties ... there is fear among the church about what this means." However, he added: "I think [genocide] is a very strong word. ... I haven't heard it used by the Christians who are there. ... [It] goes a little beyond what we've identified at this point." Nettleton said it wasn't outside the realm of possibility that the Middle East could experience an exodus of Christians, but he said there still remained a remnant church in even the most difficult areas.