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Who Will Defend the Middle East's Christians?

Joseph Bottum wants to know.

10:45 AM, Feb 7, 2011 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Contributing editor Joseph Bottum has a piece in USA Today on the fate of Christianity in the Middle East:

More African than Arab, Southern Sudan might not provide much assistance to minorities in the Middle East. But its existence teaches the lesson that commitment from the United States actually works. In the 1980s and 1990s, a broad political coalition forced the Bush and Clinton administrations to treat Sudan as a rogue state for its oppression of minorities. The 2011 independence of Southern Sudan is a fruit of that effort — proof that, though it might take decades, international pressure can succeed.

Unfortunately, in the years since, America foreign policy has been little concerned with religious persecution. George W. Bush, for example, refused to insist on a non-Islamic constitution for Iraq. And Barack Obama has systematically watered down U.S. diplomacy: Where we once demanded "freedom of religion," a public liberty, we now speak only of "freedom of worship," a lesser and private right.

This American abdication has produced only more oppression — and it's accelerating at a horrifying rate. Nearly every day since Christmas, Christians have been murderously attacked for the simple fact of being Christians.

Whole thing here.

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