Activists demand Obama appoint envoy for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

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Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media on February 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Social media via Reuters TV
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Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media on February 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Social media via Reuters TV *Editors: This photo is not available for republication.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) The blood of Christians and other religious minorities is reddening the Middle East. So why hasn't President Obama chosen a special envoy to address their plight?

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  • James Carr

    Do we really need a special envoy for this, another bureaucracy that does nothing? These are innocent people being murdered…..who cares why? Shouldn’t this be a grave concern to the UN? Aren’t these issues protected by the UNITED NATIONS?
    Do we save religious minorities while ignoring the murder of warring tribes in Africa…….what is the difference? Don’t spend years forming a new committee, use resources we have today and do something for God’s sake !

  • Hammondd

    Religious persecution must end. (period). This is the 21st century and we have no place for complacency when it comes to dealing with the lack freedom to practice of ones religion.

  • Diogenes

    The situation requires a changing of minds and hearts on the part of those who commit these acts as a matter of policy. Unfortunately, that tends to happen to one heart and mind at a time while new recruits to the legions of homicidal maniacs outstrip the repentant by a factor of ten, or a 100, or a 1,000. Appointing an envoy will accomplish precisely nothing. Skeptics and naysayers will scoff and sneer, but I suggest concerted prayer on the part of people of faith to whom this matters more than their next latte’, twitter message…or indeed, internet post. May God have mercy both on the slayers and the slain. That the slayers might repent and perform mercy…that they may receive mercy in Y’shua’s Name.

  • Greg

    It’s hard to believe Obama actually won two presidential elections. A first grader could have done a better job. His place in history will be a statue of BO wringing his hands.

  • James Carr

    He is the worst on all counts. Everything he has tried to achieve either fell flat immediately or is now being recognized as a failure. Yet, he still manages to be a guest on the Tonight Show. Pick the 1st Grader, Greg, he has my vote.

  • Thomas Mackiewicz

    The Obama administration has also faltered on speaking up for tortured, killed, and imprisoned atheists. We should be threatening to revoke our ally status if a country imprisons and whips a blogger for criticizing Islam. It’s almost as if a large percentage of Muslims are so insecure in their faith that they demand and must be protected from any and all critiques about Islam. Apostasy and blasphemy aren’t real crimes. Are they trying to protect an all powerful deity or someone’s feelings? Neither need or should be protected. When someone is offended, it’s due to their own need and willingness to react. Religionists that are strong in their faith easily brush off criticisms. I thought the freedom of expression and freedom of speech were considered human rights by the United States and the UN. If so, Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for imprisioning and torturing Raif. #freeRaif

  • James Carr

    Islam has a written precept that infidels should be killed. No other religion has any such commandment. Why this is honored as their relgious right is insane, because every non-Muslim is a target theoretically.

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  • Thomas Mackiewicz

    The Koran has around 100 verses calling for violence against non-Muslims. There might be peaceful, accepting, and moderate Muslims, but there is no such thing as a peaceful, accepting, and moderate Koran. Of course, this criticism also holds true for Bible too, even if it is too a lesser extent.

  • Diogenes

    Not true of the New Testament…any violence done to humanity via the Gospel is required in the hereafter, not this present world.

  • Greg

    Apparently Nigerian Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, when Jesus appeared before him with the solution to eradicating Boko Haram group. Interesting story; go to,
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/after-vision-of-christ-nigerian-bishop-says-rosary-will-bring-down-boko-haram-78382/
    But those poor people down in Africa, having their children stolen by this radical Islamic group… Ah! This is truly the Devil at work.

  • DougB

    The problem isn’t religious persecution. It’s the “my religion is the right one and yours is wrong” mentality. These people don’t just kill Christians, they kill anyone not in lock-step with their ideology. Everyone in America has a right to practice their religion. It’s when one religion believes it has the right to set itself above the others and then get legislators to make laws in an attempt to institutionalize theirs over others or no religion at all. That’s where the problems start,

  • RELIGIOUS DEFINITIONS…………………ON PATH TO PEACE OR WAR ?

    This is one of the biggest questions of this current period that would provide a great opportunity to the world community to explore beyond their faith and belief following both scientific and theological insight to secure the morality and safety of future generation. But we have already separated the existence of God in mazes of religious definitions, and ignored the true facts of the religions that navigating our life towards heaven or hell.

    Faith of an individual person evolves on basis of their inherited system of thoughts and genetic nature, within a tendency to fulfill the terrestrial desires. It is the genetic nature of mankind that forces them to utilize whatever they have innovated to secure their own physical world, eliminating the real potential of spiritual graces. At this rising period of science (mind), the sacred potential of theology (spirit) has fallen down bellow to its dangerous point.

  • Greg

    Ajay, there can only be One God, or else God wouldn’t be God. True, people are born into traditions, and cultures, but there should nevertheless be a quest for Truth, or a quest for Who it is that created all this inanimate matter, as well as Who gave certain matter animation. Think about the eyes, and how the light is magnified through a lens to rods and cones that absorb light in the back of the eye, and then how it is transmitted to the brain by nerves, to be processed from upside down imagery, to right side images in a way that we can actually see what’s in front of us. That is only the eyes; the rest of the human body is unbelievably complex, with centers that interact, and depend upon one another in a delicate balance. The blood system which has to maintain pH, but is also a buffer system. The list goes on. No, the human person is a dynamic creation, the design of God, and all humans naturally sense it, and have always pursued increased knowledge of that perfect One.