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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Oppression or oppression: The Christian dilemma in Islamic states


 It was reported in the New York Times yesterday that 'Fearing Change, Many Christians in Syria Back Assad'. It is a sad irony for Christians there that even Iran has called for an end to the Syrian crackdown despite oppression being the norm in that country.

While the Anglican church here contents itself with becoming a social club for non-dissenters, fellow Christians elsewhere are prepared to die for their faith subjecting themselves to endless harassment. [Caution: the harassment link shows distressing images.]

The unintended consequences of the Arab Spring have provided a stark reminder that Christians in Iraq were better off under Saddam Hussein leaving Christians in Syria impaled on the horns of a dilemma.

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