By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security declined by 9 percent over 10 months, the Pew Research Center said, to 46 percent in January 2017 from 55 percent in April 2016.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide relief to victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria and to hold perpetrators, namely the Islamic State, accountable.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Five nations - Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma - have been recommended to be designated as "countries of particular concern" because of severe violations of religious freedom.
By: Elijah Brown
Iraq's religious and ethnic minority communities - Christians, Yazidis, Shabak and Turkmen - are living at the edge of extinction and face virtual non-existence without immediate action.
By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.
By: Chris Hall
Thousands of Christians have fled and been displace in Iraq in the wake of IS. Is Christianity breathing its last breath in Iraq. A Baghdad pastor shares four signs of hope.
By: Chris Hall
Instead of offering Christians in the Middle East visas to escape violence, European and Western governments should be lobbying for them to return to their homes in peace, a Baptist leader says.
By: Paul Hobson
For the first time, Mosul, a city in northern Iraq, has no Christians living there. Islamic State, a jihadist group, told all remaining Christians to leave the city by July 19 or be executed.
By: Ayman Ibrahim
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, wants to restore the earliest days of Islam by re-establishing Islamic rule. Underestimating the Sunni Muslim extremist and militant group is not wise.
By: Terence Ascott
Many Christians have fled Iraq. Those who remain fear for their safety even as government officials vow to protect them. Despite the uncertainty, many hope their nation can return to normal.
By: Claude Mariotinni
Everyone has an obligation to treat other people with dignity because they bear God's image. Jihadists kill because they do not recognize God's image in those whose lives they take.
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
The Christmas bells may ring "peace on earth," but the ringing has been drowned out by Christmas bombs signaling "no peace on earth." Perhaps we can echo the Christmas Day prayer of Pope Benedict XVI.
A multipurpose Baptist center will be built in northern Iraq and will include a church, seminary, school and medical clinic. The clinic for women and children will be completed in 2012.
A cross-section of influential faith leaders in Iraq have come together to call for peace through dialogue rather than military strength. One leader said they have a duty to initiate a "moral generation."
An archbishop's call for Iraqi Christians to seek asylum in Britain may give the green light to many who had been wavering. But Britain's treatment of asylum seekers has been shabby at best.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading Catholic bishop said the U.S. has failed to help Iraqis to protect its citizens.
We lived in a blessed time and place in the relative safety of the United States, but our brothers and sisters in Christ in war-torn corners of the globe aren't faring as well. When fear and anxiety grip us, we must stand firm.
It takes character and backbone to stand firm when under pressure. When push comes to shove, and one has no place to hide, one stands. When one must know who they are, they can stand. When one holds a truth deep in their hearts and believing means standing, one can muster the strength to endure.
The attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the loss of dozens of innocent lives, has focused attention once more on the plight of the Christian population in Iraq as well as the Middle East.
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to be spared the death penalty.
First Baptist Church of Baghdad suffered serious damage when a bomb exploded only a third-mile away from the building. The adults and children inside the building were not physically harmed.
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
Seven soldiers were reprimanded for violating the pregnancy ban in northern Iraq, Stars and Stripes reported. The ban reprimands any who become pregnant or impregnate personnel, even if they're married.
Many are angry about the cost to rescue a boy who turned out not to be in a runaway balloon. Do they know the daily cost of the war in Iraq? Or how many Third World children starve to death in an afternoon?
I want to go to Iraq. Not today, or tomorrow. Probably not for several years, and certainly not as a soldier -- but I want to go to Iraq. I want to go as a tourist, a student, a pilgrim of sorts.
I am praying and hoping that we find a way to get our troops out of Iraq. I know I already said that, but we really need to get our folks home.
There have been a lot of numbers thrown about recently regarding the cost of the war in Iraq. The estimates now suggest the war will run through trillions of dollars.
The war in Iraq reached a grim milestone Sunday, when four soldiers killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in south Baghdad brought the number of U.S. military killed in the war to 4,000.
The number of U.S. military killed in Iraq is closing in on 4,000 as this week marks the war's fifth anniversary.
The military surge that President Bush ordered 14 months ago in Baghdad has cut down on the violence, but our soldiers are still dying at a rate of one a day. Last year (year of the surge) there were more American deaths than any year of the war.
President Bush chose religious broadcasters as the first audience for a series of speeches linked to the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq next week and a progress report next month to Congress by Gen. David Petraeus.
More than 40 faith-based peace activists were reportedly arrested late Friday afternoon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill for civil disobedience protesting the war in Iraq.
A study released days before tonight's State of the Union address says President Bush and seven of his administration's top officials made at least 937 false statements about the national security threat of Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
In the Year of our Lord, 2050, a press conference at the ranch near the Crawford city limits was just beginning. By 2050, the Crawford air terminal had been named Heck-of-a-Job International Airport. The local school was named the Laura Bush High School.
I don't do New Year's resolutions anymore. However, I do have a few New Year's hopes and wishes.
Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a minority of Christian leaders protested the preemptive war. Among them were bishops of the United Methodist Church, President Bush's church. Many Christian denominations chose to remain silent.
The last few weeks I have noticed even less attention paid to Iraq in the newspapers and on the cable news channels. Then along came Thomas L. Friedman in this Wednesday's column in the New York Times titled "Remember Iraq."
President Bush recently demanded another $189 billion to extend his occupation of Iraq for another year--even as he stripped low-income children of their healthcare. The cost of funding an expanded State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP, pronounced s-chip) is only $12 billion per year, less than a tenth the money he wants for Iraq.
Rookie Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he doesn't think he waited too long to enter the race.
From the very beginning of the war in Iraq, faith leaders, and others, have raised concerns that the conflict did not meet the criteria for a "just war." Just-war theory has been taking shape for centuries. In its present form there are a minimum of five conditions to be met in order for an armed conflict to be considered "just."
A private security contractor at the center of a congressional probe of alleged war profiteering and misconduct objected to characterizations of his business as a "Republican" company that employs "mercenaries."
The Southern Baptist Convention spoke with a unified voice in support of the war in Iraq but failed to persuade Americans outside the denomination to join them in supporting an increasingly unpopular war, according to an article analyzing public statements by convention leaders.