Freedoms vs. Fundamentalists

The looming threat of a nuclear Iran or the almost complete absence of individual freedoms in most of the 21 Islamic nations in the Middle East seems of little concern to some U.S. politicians. Though the “Arab Spring” has toppled some repressive Islamic dictators, they are systematically being replaced by repressive Islamic fundamentalists.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports a dramatic drop in the presence of Christians throughout the Middle East, with Bethlehem’s Christian population now a third of what it was 35 years ago. The article relates one estimate that more than 200,000 persecuted Coptic Christians will have left Egypt by the end of last year.

The only exception is the freedoms-oriented, democratically-governed country of Israel, where Christians have more than quadrupled since 1948.  There, Arabs and Jews live together and guard the religious liberties and holy sites of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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