Posted by Desert News on September 11, 2014 in News Clips
A Washington conference aimed at spotlighting persecution of Christians in the Middle East collapsed Wednesday evening when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed off the stage for his support of Israel, whose Jewish citizens he said were equal victims of Islamic extremist persecution.
Cruz was the keynote speaker at a dinner concluding theIn Defense of Christians conference held in the capital to bring attention to the plight of Christians in Iraq, Syria and other areas of the Middle East where Islamic extremist forces are demanding non-Muslims either pay a special tax, convert or face execution.
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Posted by ABC News Radio on September 11, 2014 in News Clips
It’s not every day that you see a presidential contender getting booed off stage. But that’s what happened Wednesday night when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, widely viewed as a likely Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, addressed a group called In Defense of Christians at a gala dinner for its inaugural summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.
The video suggests, and Cruz’s office concurs, that the senator was booed and jeered for speaking favorably about Israel. The video is missing some context and begins after Cruz has already been interrupted and as an...Read more Original Article
Posted by POLITICO on September 09, 2014 in News Clips
As President Barack Obama prepares to unveil his strategy for turning back ISIL’s gains in Syria and Iraq, the headlines will most likely focus on expanding U.S. airstrikes and challenges of defeating the group without involving American troops.
But one potentially critical part of the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant also seems poised for a big new push: working to keep foreign fighters — including Americans — from joining the group in the first place.
Officials and outside experts say an essential part of fighting ISIL, Al Qaeda and similar groups is undercutting their propaganda...Read more Original Article
Posted by The Washington Post on September 09, 2014 in News Clips
Hundreds of activists, including Christian clergy from across the Middle East and more than a dozen members of Congress on Tuesday begin a three-day conference aimed at training a serious policy-impacting force in Washington to protect persecuted Christians overseas.
Concern has been building for two decades about the plight of minority Christians in certain hot spots in the Middle East and Africa, but upheaval across Iraq and Syria in the last few years has displaced hundreds of thousands, leading some U.S. faith leaders to frame this as an unprecedented new era.
“I don’t want to have on my conscience that...Read more Original Article
Posted by Newsmax on September 09, 2014 in News Clips
As President Barack Obama develops his strategy to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), he needs to be sure to include Arab nations in his coalition, says James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. "What I truly hope occurs is that in addition to whatever coalition the president is assembling, that Arab states, front and center, are a part of that coalition because they've got a lot at stake here," Zogby told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday. "This gang has to be rolled back, they have to be defeated, but they can...Read more Original Article
Posted by PR Newswire on September 09, 2014 in News Clips
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The deteriorating situation facing millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will be the focus of a bipartisan and ecumenical conference which starts today in the nation's capital. The three-day event sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) will feature speakers from all over the globe.
The IDC Summit for Middle East Christians, whose theme is "Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where It All Began," marks the first occasion in history where six Christian Patriarchs from the Middle East will gather together in the United States. 1,000 attendees representing over 20 states and 10 different countries are attending...Read more Original Article
Posted on September 08, 2014 in Washington Watch
Posted by National Catholic Reporter on September 08, 2014 in News Clips
Recent atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State have drawn attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. But the issue, with deep historical roots and myriad foreign policy implications, predates the incursions of the Islamic State. Who are these Christians? What is life like for them? And what should Americans committed to cause of assisting them keep in mind while attempting to raise awareness of the issue? NCR asked James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, for his thoughts.
NCR: Help us understand the bigger picture. How should we view the persecution of...Read more Original Article