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Life for Christians in the Middle East: From Bad to Worse

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Life for Christians in the Middle East: From Bad to Worse

Here's a story from the Washington Post: Egypt's Christians were worried about their safety as they marked the first orthodox Christmas under Islamist rule. Some complained their lives have gone from bad to worse in the nearly two years since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. They are not alone.

As Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia has noted, Iraq's Christian population has fallen from as many as 1.4 million in 2003 to between 500,000 and 700,000. Churches have been targeted, believers kidnapped for ransom, families threatened with violence if they stay. In October 2010, Islamists attacked a Catholic church in Baghdad, killing more than 50 worshippers and wounding dozens more.

ABC News recently reported that Syrian Christians are fearful their country could become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between Islamic groups.

Congressman Wolf wonders where are the voices of Christians speaking up for their brothers and sisters in these troubled lands? He is right to ask. Will he get an answer?

I'm Cal Thomas.

Publication date: January 9, 2013