A rally organized by Coptic Solidarity in cooperation with Middle East Christians organizations was held on Saturday July 26 in defense if Iraqi and Middle East Christians.
Participants, who were between 800 and 1000 people, chanted slogans condemning the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Iraq.
It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith. But the conflict is also between militants and moderates, fueled by neighboring rulers seeking to defend their interests and increase their influence. Conflicts take place within and between states; civil wars and proxy wars become impossible to distinguish. Governments often forfeit control to smaller groups – militias and the like – operating within and across borders. The loss of life is devastating, and millions are rendered homeless.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today applauded the U.S. House of Representative’s unanimous consent of the “Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act,” which he introduced and U.S. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (Mich.) co-sponsored to encourage President Barack Obama to appoint a special envoy to promote religious freedom among religious minorities in the Middle East. The bill overwhelmingly passed the U.S. Senate on July 10, 2014, and will now head to the President’s desk.
Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced a bill on Friday to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
The bill, also known as the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014, will “impose sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents, and for other purposes.”
The faithful in Iraq still pray in Aramaic, the language of Jesus
The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul. The light of religious freedom, along with the entire Christian presence, has been extinguished in the Bible’s “great city of Nineveh” — the centre of Christianity in Iraq for two millennia. This follows the uncompromising ultimatum by the jihadists of Isis to convert or die.
Coptic Solidarity is a U.S. public charity organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible under Section 170 of the Code.
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.