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What the US Can Do to Help Christians in Egypt and Syria
Catholic World Report ^ | 8/28/13 | John Burger

Posted on 09/02/2013 6:16:02 AM PDT by marshmallow

An interview with Robert P. George, new chairman of US International Freedom Commission

Robert P. George is the new chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a panel on which he has served as a commissioner since 2012. Though he has a personal interest in religious freedom—his father’s family is Syrian Orthodox, and some of his relatives have fled Syria due to religious persecution—his outlook is global, overseeing research and reports on limitations on religion worldwide, involving Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and others.

The longtime McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, George is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School this year. He is the author of Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI, 2013) among other works. He spoke with CWR August 26, as the Obama administration weighed options on a military response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government against rebels and civilians.

The escalation in Syria came a week after tense fighting in Egypt between the country’s military and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. During the conflict, scores of Coptic Christian churches, institutions and businesses were attacked and destroyed by fire. One church that was razed, the Church of the Virgin Mary in Delga, had survived many upheavals since it was built in the 4th or 5th century. Now it lies in rubble.

CWR: What do we know about what’s going on with the Coptic Christians in Egypt?

George: The situation in Egypt and the equally horrific situation in Syria illustrate the general plight of Christians in the Middle East. These are very ancient Christian communities, going back nearly to the foundations of Christianity, in many cases. Yet, over a number of years now we’ve seen the erosion of these communities, to the point where one begins to become concerned that.......

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TOPICS: Catholic; Islam; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: egypt; iran; israel; lebanon; randsconcerntrolls; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 09/02/2013 6:16:02 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

The best thing one can and must is PRAY not only for the safety of the ME Christians, but conversion to Christ of the Muslims.

2 posted on 09/02/2013 6:19:50 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: marshmallow

Vote all RATs and RINOs out of office starting in 2014.

3 posted on 09/02/2013 6:34:02 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: marshmallow

Provide aid and escape?

Obliterate the Muslims in those lands? which means almost all of them? That is the ONLY way to assure the survival of others not Muslim.

4 posted on 09/02/2013 6:39:44 AM PDT by Netz
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Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat

Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.

[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]

Sen. Cruz Statement on Egypt (Suspend aid over anti-Muslim Brotherhood ‘coup’)

Ted Cruz blames Egyptian violence on Obama’s disregard for foreign aid law

5 posted on 09/02/2013 6:42:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: marshmallow

The US needs to protect Christian citizens at home before it worries about Christians in other countries.

6 posted on 09/02/2013 7:10:00 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: marshmallow
Pray for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

That might be one of the only things that will stop the persecution.

7 posted on 09/02/2013 7:33:28 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: Arm_Bears

Big difference though, Christians in the USA can at least be able to defend themselves, unlike Christians in other countries.

8 posted on 09/02/2013 7:44:08 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: marshmallow

Prayer for Peace in Syria


God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.

God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,

Petition: For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.

9 posted on 09/02/2013 8:02:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” Isaiah 27:13

Pray for those Christians suffering persecution in Egypt and those attempting to escape the fighting in Syria and in all of the middle east,

Pray for the the peace of Jerusalem,

10 posted on 09/02/2013 10:38:17 AM PDT by captmar-vell
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