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Christians Don't Have 'the Right to Be Stupid'
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Christians Don't Have 'the Right to Be Stupid'


Mar 5 2013
Hey, John Kerry: Religious freedom is no joking matter.

I hope Kerry will learn this as he continues his Middle East tour, which began this week in Egypt, an area rife with protest, political struggle, and human rights investigations. Egypt is a place where protests continue to rock the country, often leaving violence, death, and rape in their wake. I hope he understands that lack of stability here involves the economy, a deeply polarized society, and troubling issues over religious discrimination, extremism, organized rapes, and excessive police brutality. He will face similar issues across the Middle East, particularly in Syria.

Christians who continue to face persecution around the world often look to American Christians to continue to uphold religious freedom and set a standard. Coptic Christians in Egypt have told me that one of their greatest fears is that someday America will no longer be a place where Christians can express and live out their faith as freely as we can now. If that ever happens, they expect persecution to worsen worldwide.

We have to uphold these rights not only for ourselves, but also as a symbol and sign of justice to Christians around the world. Our freedoms are their hope.

Tonyia Martin is a Christian writer currently living in Cairo, Egypt. She is a columnist at http://www.gracecentered.com.

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