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This Mama Helps ‘Garbage Kids’ Dream Big
By Gary Lane CBN

In recent years, Egyptian Christians and Muslims alike have suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists.

 

But the light of Christ shines in the lowliest of places. One Egyptian woman picked up her cross and left an affluent life to bring hope to impoverished children surrounded by garbage.

 

 

 

Endangered Mid East Minorities
By Lofty Basta

The numbers of minorities especially that of Christians, are declining quickly in the vast majority of countries in the Middle East and the “Muslim World”. Christians used to comprise the vast majority of Constantinople residents until 1900, now the non-Muslims in Istanbul are less than 1/30. In Iraq the numbers of Christians dwindled from almost 1.5 million before the recent American invasion to less than 300,000 today.

 

 

Syrian Priest Reportedly Kidnapped as ISIS Moves Beyond Palmyra
By John Burger - Aleteia

Does abduction signal Islamic State’s move on Homs?

 

Local Muslims in Syria can help win the release of Father Jacques Mourad, a Syrian priest who was kidnapped Thursday, says a Swiss Middle East expert who leads a support network for Syrian monasteries.

 

 

 

 

Obama Cold to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
By Daniel Philpott - Aleteia

Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East — and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it.  Last month, journalist Kirsten Powers wrote in USA Today that President Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.”  Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Gets a Facelift
By Eric Trager and Marina Shalabi – Foreign Affairs

The Movement's Young Leaders Turn Revolutionary to Stay Relevant.. The Muslim Brotherhood’s “Office for Egyptians Abroad” is working to strengthen the organization’s relationships with other exiled oppositionists.

 

 

 

 

 


Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)

Hearing:

Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 334 Cannon HOB

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on threats to religious freedom in Egypt, including, the worsening plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.  At a time when the world’s attention is on Egypt as it undergoes historic but tumultuous political change, it is important that the U.S. continue to shine the spotlight on the difficulties confronting religious minorities in the country.  Egypt is on the cusp of a new era but the transition to a democratic society means more than just holding elections.  It means that basic freedoms—such as the freedom of religion— are protected.

The Coptic Christian community, which traces its origins back 2,000 years and is the largest religious minority in Egypt today, is under assault.  Churches have been bombed and citizens have been attacked while the Egyptian government seemingly encourages a culture of impunity for those responsible for these acts of violence.  This hearing will address the continued discrimination and physical threats to the Coptic community and consider how the United States can better support religious freedom.

We will hear from the following witnesses: ***

Panel 1:

Kathy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Panel 2:

Nina Shea – Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

Dina Guirguis – Egyptian American democracy activist, attorney, and member, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association

Panel 3:

Adel Guindy - President, Coptic Solidarity International

Cynthia Farahat – Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher

Raymond Ibrahim – Middle East specialist and Associate fellow, Middle East Forum

***Witness list subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact Kalinda Stephenson (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-5136 or Mike McVicker (Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599.

Frank R. Wolf                             James P. McGovern Member of Congress                  Member of Congress

Co-Chair, TLHRC                        Co-Chair, TLHRC

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