FORMER SOVIET UNION
‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Warning Sounded

Western Christians are failing to respond to genocide of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, says Baroness Caroline Cox, who recently led a relief delegation sponsored by the Washington-based Christian Solidarity International (CSI).

Cox, deputy speaker of the British House of Lords, urged American intervention in the “ethnic cleansing” of Christian Armenians in the Azerbaijan enclave. Cox says the more powerful Muslim Azeris have killed 3,200 Armenian civilians in the past two years in Nagorno-Karabakh pogroms.

“The Christians of Karabakh feel fairly betrayed by international Christendom,” Cox says. “They are being slaughtered, subjected to ethnic cleansing.” In addition, Cox says Azeris have bombed centuries-old monasteries and defaced Christian cemeteries.

Azerbaijan has blockaded humanitarian aid efforts by international relief organizations. CSI delivered food and medicine by using a helicopter, despite Azeri gunfire risks.

SCOTLAND
First Religious Art Museum Opens

The world’s first museum devoted exclusively to religious art opened in April in Glasgow. The £4.5 million (U.S. $7.4 million) Saint Mungo Museum features works from the world’s “six major religions”: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam. Nearly all the financing came from government tourism and development dollars.

Although Christianity has dominated Scotland for the past millennium, senior curator Mark O’Neill says the museum attempted “an even-handed treatment of equal importance” in choosing displays. The collection includes both modern art and some pieces up to 3,000 years old, separated according to faiths.

O’Neill says a “strong Christian presence” may be apparent because 23 of the museum’s ...

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