As the world hopes for peace in Syria and that all refugees can finally find safety from the brutal and ongoing war, we also continue to support and pray for the millions who've been displaced. But why isn't anyone talking about the Christians in the Middle East? Writing at theJewish Journal, David Suissa wonders why we have forgotten about the many persecuted Christians, who suffer oppression every day because of their faith:
In all the self-righteous talk we’ve been hearing about Muslim refugees from Syria, who’s talking about the Christians? Over the past several years, no religious group has been more persecuted throughout the Middle East than the Christians. And yet, hardly a peep.
Yes, the Jewish way is not either/or. We’re supposed to be inclusive. So, with all the beautiful, heartfelt sentiment so many American Jews are expressing for Muslim refugees, why are we not including oppressed Christians in our hearts?...
The irony is that the very persecution of Christians makes it harder to rescue them. As Patrick Goodenough reports on CNSNews.com, the U.S. federal government relies on the United Nations in the refugee application process – and since Syrian Christians are often afraid to register with the U.N., they and other non-Muslims are left out.
This means that refugees in most need of rescue are hardest to reach. But isn’t that the real meaning of compassion -- to go the extra mile for those in greatest need? Even if we put aside the charged issue of Muslim terrorists possibly infiltrating the refugees, and just look at basic human need, don’t we owe it to the Christians to pay more attention to their plight?
If the most powerful country on Earth can’t go the extra mile to rescue Christian refugees, who will?
If the most powerful man on Earth can’t bring justice to the most oppressed, who will?
Who will speak up for the most persecuted religious group in the world?