by Katey Hearth
Mission Network News
Their cries have largely fallen upon deaf ears, but last month, the Center for American Progress (CAP) published a report calling for U.S. action on behalf of persecuted Christians.
“During the past decade, Christians around the Middle East have been subject to vicious murders at the hands of terrorist groups, forced out of their ancestral lands by civil wars, suffered societal intolerance fomented by Islamist groups, and subjected to institutional discrimination,” reads the report in-part.
“The United States needs to engage on these issues with great care and sensitivity…accusations from extremists should not be used as an excuse for silence, or for taking action only on the margins.”
The CAP compares the status of Christians as a “barometer” for regional trends, saying that“address[ing] the plight of Christians could help produce greater stability in the long run.”