Many Middle East Christians were initially optimistic that the changes sweeping through their region as part of the ‘Arab Spring’ protests would usher in a new era of tolerance. But as the Arab Spring has congealed into a cold and dark regional winter, the FT reports that Christians in Egypt, Syria and Iraq find little to celebrate during this Christmas season.The last 150 years have witnessed the steady decline of once flourishing Christian minorities across the region as persecution and discrimination forced many to flee and, in some cases, led to widespread massacres. As Via Meadia has highlighted, in Syria some Christians find themselves reluctantly backing the status quo with ‘Butcher Assad’ rather than face an uncertain future with Islamists. The Coptic Christians in Egypt meanwhile, are struggling to understand what the new Islamist majority in parliament means for their position in society.As Christians throughout the world gather together with family and friends, we should spare some thought for Christians living in communities where they cannot safely practice their faith.
Another Grim Christmas In The Middle East