France is opening her doors to Christians fleeing ISIS’s reign of persecution in Iraq. Al Jazeera has the story:
“France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, and Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said in a joint statement on Monday.“The ultimatum given to these communities in Mosul by ISIL is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat that jihadist groups in Iraq, but also in Syria and elsewhere, pose to these populations that are historically an integral part of this region,” they added, referring to the Islamic State’s former name of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.“We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their asylum on our soil.
France’s appreciation for Christians’ plight in Iraq and Syria is encouraging. We hope more Western countries will step up to help address the existential threat they face. Indeed, religious minorities are under attack in many parts of the world. As yesterday’s U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom found, the “largest international displacement of religious communities ‘in recent memory’ [occurred] in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.”
Not just Christians in Iraq, but Muslims in Burma, Jews in Europe, and Christians in China are facing varying degrees of persecution. The State Department report indicates that the United States is aware of these alarming trends and may be prepared to respond in some way. Moreover, President Obama has finally nominated someone (Rabbi David Saperstein) for the vacant post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
Not a moment too soon, the world is slowly waking up to the God wars.