Monday, October 7, 2013

It’s Getting Worse for Christians in Syria

Syrian Christian Refugees

It’s very easy for Americans to forget what’s happening in the rest of the world with the government shutdown happening, the government default looming, Navy SEALs raiding, and Iran taking much of the attention in the world news, but there’s still a very ugly war happening in Syria right now and many Christians are seeing persecutions worsen every day. Here’s a reminder to keep them in your prayers.

The primary threat for Christians is the Islamic extremists that are piling into the country to support (or take over) the rebels’ causes. There’s a reason that the last phrase was done as a plural; there seems to be multiple causes and various groups of rebels, many of whom never actually coordinate or talk to one another. It’s open season for Christians in Syria. Here’s more from the Washington Post:

When radical Islamists tore down a cross and hoisted a black flag above a church in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah last week, their action underscored the increasingly hostile environment for the country’s Christians.

Although Syria is majority Sunni Muslim, it is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse countries in the Middle East, home to Christians, Druze, and Shiite-offshoot Alawites and Ismailis. But the country’s conflict, now in its third year, is threatening that tapestry.

Read More: Washington Post

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