This last year has seen an apparent upsurge in violence against Christians around the world. Too often, American Christians are ignorant of these things, so I thought I’d simply post some links to relevant news articles from major secular publications on recent happenings in Egypt and Iraq, plus a few other things of note.
I am not alarmist about persecution, but I do think it is important that we pay attention to what is going on around the world and stand with our brothers and sisters at the very least in prayer. In a country like ours, which is known for standing up for equal treatment of people both at home and around the world – whether for political, social or religious reasons – I am surprised at the lack of significant attention being given to these situations.
Links on the recent bombing in Alexandria, Egypt:
- “Suspected Suicide Bomber Kills 21 at Egypt Church,” Reuters, 1 January 2011
- “In church attack, Egypt looking at Islamic hard-liners at home, possible al-Qaida influence,” LA Times, 4 January 2011
Links on the exodus of Christians from Iraq due to violence:
- “Church Attack Seen as Strike at Iraq’s Core,” New York Times, 1 November 2010
- “More Christians Flee Iraq After New Violence,” New York Times, 12 December 2010
- “Solemn Christmas for Iraq Christians,” (video), Wall Street Journal, 24 December 2010
Other articles of note:
- “Pope Speaks on Anti-Christian Violence,” Salon, 25 December 2010
- Violence against workers for International Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in August
- “Christian-Muslim clashes flare in Nigeria after Christmas Eve bombings,” Reuters, 26 December 2010
- “Blast in Philippine Chapel Injures 10,” CNN, 25 December 2010