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175 Leaders Urge U.S. Support in Christianity's Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure

Middle East Christians appreciate prayers, but political action brings mixed feelings.
175 Leaders Urge U.S. Support in Christianity's Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure
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More than 175 Christian leaders crossed denominational and political divides this week to urge the United States government to do more to help the rapidly diminishing, historic Christian populations of Syria, Iraq, and Egypt.

The solidarity pledge—signed by National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president Leith Anderson, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler, and Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham, among other prominent names—presented on Capitol Hill asks for the appointment of a special envoy on Middle East Religious Minorities, a review of foreign aid, and refugee and reconstruction assistance. (Full text and signatories at bottom.)

"These defenseless religious communities are facing an existential crisis, which threatens their very survival in the lands they have inhabited for centuries," said Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), a longtime religious freedom advocate who helped create the ...

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