Christians in Iraq at risk from ISIS

Mar Mattai monastery outside Mosul, continually inhabited by monks since the 4th century A.D. Chris De Bruyn / cc

Under Saddam Hussein, Christians in Iraq were not well-loved but they were tolerated. However, following the military adventurist campaigns of the United States and its allies, the situation for Iraqi Christians has become increasingly dire. A few days ago, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over the Iraqi city of Mosul (incidentally, this city was once called Nineveh) and displaced over 500,000 people including most of Iraq’s remaining Christian population.

Interventionism often escalates extremist activity, and the Iraq War has spawned a variety of spin-off terrorist groups. Many of these groups strike out at their own people, including Christians. ISIS, remarkably, was even renounced by al-Qaeda for being too brutal.

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Christians for Liberty Conference Date: August 2nd, 2014

We received a very positive response from everyone regarding the Christians for Liberty Conference to be held this summer. Initially, we had not set a date and we asked you for your input through a brief survey. Many thanks to all the respondents who took the survey. If every single one of you shows up, there will easily be over 100 people present already!

More importantly, we are now ready to announce that August 2nd, 2014 is the date set for the conference. It will be indeed be in Austin, Texas, and we are fervently planning for your arrival even today.

Registration will be open this week, but we are not 100% ready to open the gates quite yet. Still, I am so excited about what is going to happen that I could not resist posting a little more about it for you. There will be more to come in the very near future as well!

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U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be a Criminal Act


The Catholic Patriarch of Syria has recently stated that a United States attack on Syria would be a “criminal act,” highlighting how U.S. government interventionism not only affects millions of innocents negatively but also has a drastic effect upon the church in those countries.

Quoting Patriarch Gregory (from

“We must listen to the Pope’s appeal for peace in Syria,” said Patriarch Gregory III. “If Western countries want to create true democracy then they must build it on reconciliation, through dialogue between Christians and Muslims, not with weapons. This attack being planned by the United States is a criminal act, which will only reap more victims, in addition to the tens of thousands of these two years of war. This will destroy the Arab world’s trust in the West.”

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