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Senate Urged to Create Envoy for Christians in Middle East
Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/7/14

Posted on 03/07/2014 6:26:27 PM PST by marshmallow

Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2014 / 03:13 pm (CNA).- A Catholic bishop and a Baptist pastor urged members of the U.S. Senate to address the “dire situation” facing Christians in the Middle East, proposing a special religious freedom envoy to the region.

Increased “religious hostilities” around the world, “but particularly in the Middle East” leads Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Russell D. Moore to “believe that a Special Envoy is needed to focus on the dire situation affecting religious minorities.”

Among the minority groups, Christians are “most targeted for harassment and attacks in the largest number of countries,” the authors said in a March 4 letter to Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Lee of Utah.

Bishop Pates, of Des Moines, Iowa, is the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Moore serves as the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

The religious figures encouraged Sens. Coburn and Lee to hold a vote on a senate bill to create a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.

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1 posted on 03/07/2014 6:26:27 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

the Senate would probably go for a stooge like Barry Lynn!


2 posted on 03/07/2014 7:30:55 PM PST by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: marshmallow

The only Middle Eastern country with religious freedom for people of all religions is Israel.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 8:39:12 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: marshmallow

Russell Moore is solid. One of my favorite Baptists.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 8:49:39 PM PST by Gamecock
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