Many Iraqi Christians are facing persecution from ISIS militants, who are reportedly imposing unfair taxes, arrests and violence on the Christians.
Reports have also surfaced that ISIS militants are demanding that Christians renounce their faith and convert to Islam or else face arrest or death.
“In spite of the jeopardies they face, thousands of Middle Eastern Christians living in ISIS dominated regions are following suit in refusing to abandon their God and making the choice to put integrity of faith above all else,” according to an article at the Liberty Voice.
Many have fled the persecution to nearby countries or Europe.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has said that it is not just native citizens who could face ISIS persecution. According to the ACLJ website, the militant group has threatened to “drown all [American Christians] in blood.”
In late August, James Foley, an American journalist and Christian, was beheaded by ISIS.
Earlier this month, Pope Francis met with Mar Dinkha IV, the Assyrian Patriarch of the East, to discuss the violence against Christians. The pope said he would pray for those Christians.
Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.