12/10/2013 Egypt’s Record Against Christians Called Into Question

Source:  Trans Talk Radio News Service  

Excerpt from article:

(TRNS) — Human rights experts and advocates said today that human rights and religious freedom in Egypt must improve under Egypt’s current military government.

“When religious freedom is protected, the rest of society will be healthy,” U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Vice Chair Zuhdi Jasser said at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “When it is not protected, society will deteriorate.”

Egypt’s transition to democracy following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak was expected to lead to an improvement in human rights, according to Human Rights First Policy Director Tad Stahnke. Instead, the rise and downfall of the Morsi regime has led to more religious freedom unrest.

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12/31/2013 Plight of Religious Freedom in Middle East

AIFD Wishes our Christian Friends and Readers a Blessed and Merry Christmas

AIFD wishes our Christian friends and readers a blessed and Merry Christmas.

As Americans, we are blessed to live in a nation where each citizen is free to practice the faith of his or her own choosing. This Christmas, we continue to hold in our prayers those Christians persecuted for their faith, who are not free and safe to celebrate Christmas with their families.  We think especially of Christians in places like Iran, where many are imprisoned for public practice of their faith (such as American pastor Saeed Abedini); Pakistan, where Asia Bibi remains  on death row; Egypt, where Copts attend church at great risk; Nigeria, where Christians are terrorized by Boko Haram; and Iraq, where just today Christians were targeted with bombs.

For those Christians persecuted for their faith, your oppressor is ours also: the dangerous ideology of Islamism, or political Islam. We remain committed to working for full religious liberty, individual freedom, and universal human rights, so that one day all may enjoy the freedoms we do as Americans. We stand firmly and steadfastly with you in this important fight.

May your day be filled with love, joy, and fellowship. Merry Christmas!