December 10, 2015

Christians At Risk

Members of ISIS prepare to behead twenty-one Coptic Christian Egyptians.
Christians and others have become victims of religious cleansing in Iraq and Syria. For almost 2000 years, Christians have called Mosul Iraq home. Today, not one is left. The lack of international response has been shocking. If we don't come to their aid, who will?

Help the Knights of Columbus to provide support for terrorized Christian Communities. 100% of all donations directly supports humanitarian assistance and raising awareness for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities, especially in the Middle East.

The situation grows more dire by the day as last July's New York Times Magazine article, "Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?", ominously attests:
For more than a decade, extremists have targeted Christians and other minorities, who often serve as stand-ins for the West. This was especially true in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, which caused hundreds of thousands to flee. ‘‘Since 2003, we’ve lost priests, bishops and more than 60 churches were bombed,’’ Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil, said. With the fall of Saddam Hussein, Christians began to leave Iraq in large numbers, and the population shrank to less than 500,000 today from as many as 1.5 million in 2003.
The Arab Spring only made things worse. As dictators like Mubarak in Egypt and Qaddafi in Libya were toppled, their longstanding protection of minorities also ended. Now, ISIS is looking to eradicate Christians and other minorities altogether. The group twists the early history of Christians in the region — their subjugation by the sword — to legitimize its millenarian enterprise. Recently, ISIS posted videos delineating the second-class status of Christians in the caliphate. Those unwilling to pay the jizya tax or to convert would be destroyed, the narrator warned, as the videos culminated in the now-­infamous scenes of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians in Libya being marched onto the beach and beheaded, their blood running into the surf.
The future of Christianity in the region of its birth is now uncertain. 
Please visit and consider supporting them any way you can, including in prayer.

Icon of the 21 Coptic Christian Martyrs 
who have been officially recognized as Saints by the Coptic Church.

No comments :