Defend Christians around the world

 

The world recently witnessed the murder of Christians in several nations, including Egypt, Pakistan and Iraq. Many of the Christian minorities have a long history of being able to practice their religion in these countries.

However, because of these attacks, it is becoming increasingly difficult.

According to Human Rights Watch, in August 2013 Coptic Christian churches were burned in Egypt. In Communist China, officials attempted to raze a church, but the citizens surrounded the building to protect it from destruction. Such events must be exposed and Americans must condemn them.

The United States provides foreign aid to Middle Eastern nations where persecution is taking place. And China and the United States enjoy a longstanding trading relationship.

Congress and President Obama must demand that these systematic abuses of Christians, and any other religions, end. If these abuses persist, the United States should suspend foreign aid, and use economic trade as leverage against religious persecution.

Tim Seale, Miami

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