by Michael Avramovich
In early January 2012, Harold Sterling of the Calgary Herald wrote an article in which he observed that the so-called Arab Spring has led to a chilling winter for Christians in the Middle East. Mr. Sterling wrote:
According to reports, non-Muslims, most notably Christians, are being increasingly harassed, intimidated and even subjected to persecution and violence, including murder, in a number of foreign countries. Paradoxically, one development which has un-expectedly worsened the situation for some Christian communities in the Middle East has been the dramatic Arab Spring revolutions which, while welcomed by many for overthrowing or weakening repressive and corrupt regimes, have also unleashed anti-Christian actions and violence against Christian communities.
In Egypt, following the fall of President Mubarak, Moslem clerics and politicians from the Moslem Brotherhood, have sought to severely restrict Christians (and Jews) politically. In Iraq, since the fall of Saddam’s regime, more than one million Christians have fled that country. In Syria, press reports have indicated that more than 7,000 have been killed in the past several months, including many children, by government forces against protestors seeking greater political freedom and the ouster of Syrian dictator Hafez Al-Assad. In Ethiopia, Iran, Nigeria, Algeria, Pakistan, Sudan and other Islamic nations, Christians are experiencing great persecution.
To educate American Christians on the threat posed by radical Islam to Christians in the Middle East, an important Conference presented by the Center for Security Policy will take place on Saturday, March 10th, 2012. The Faith Under Fire: The Global Threat to Religious Freedom Conference will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Crystal Palace Banquets, located at 1070 South Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect, Illinois, outside of Chicago. Among the speakers are the following:
- Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL)
- Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL)
- Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy
- Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Security Policy
- Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, President and Founder of the Voice of the Copts
- Juliana Taimoorazy, President and Founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council
- Very Rev. Father Roderick, Secretary General of the Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR)
Ticket prices, which includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch, are only $39.00 per person for this all-day event. Student tickets are only $25.00. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Conference website at: http://faithunderfireconference.org/. If you are interested in group pricing discounted rate tickets, please contact the Center for Security Policy at 202-835-9077, and I am sure that they will be happy to assist you in processing your order by phone.
I am certainly looking forward to participating and learning about what is going on elsewhere and what we as Christians can do to assist our brothers and sisters throughout the Islamic world. I hope to see many of you there, and if you cannot attend, please let your friends know about Faith Under Fire: The Global Threat to Religious Freedom. I hope to see you there!