Congress Passes Bill for Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in Mideast
By Mark Stricherz

President Obama has had bill almost a week but no word yet on whether he will sign

Congress approves legislation to create a special envoy to aid persecuted Christians that languishes on the President's desk. An influential lawmaker denounces all of Washington for its timidity and inaction in the face of genocide. And last-minute meetings at the Capitol are called without the presence of administration officials.

Congressional Hearing on the Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt
By Marina R. Thomas

Subcommittee of Congress Foreign Affairs Committee held on July 24 a hearing on the Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt.

At the outset, Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on the hearing:

Jizya: ‘Protection’ from Whom?
By Raymond Ibrahim

Is jizya—the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors—meant to buy them “protection,” including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain?  Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam’s scriptures mandate?

The Cry of Iraq’s Christians Heard in Front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
By Aleteia

"We are all Nazarenes," hundreds chant at protest.

Some 2000 people stood under the Paris summer sun for hours Sunday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral to express their solidarity with Christians in Iraq, an action which may have contributed to today’s announcement from the French government that it would grant asylum to those persecuted by the Islamic State.

Religious Freedom Report Highlights Discrimination in Egypt’s Judiciary
By EgyptSource – Atlantic Council

Released on July 28, the US State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report documents the status of religious minorities and religious freedom in Egypt over the course of the year, whether under former president Mohamed Morsi, or under the interim government after his removal.


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