The Monthly Newsletter of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute
August 2012 - Volume 2, Issue 16
Promoting Human Dignity based on the recognition the Man is made
in the Image and Likeness of God
As the brutality in Syria shows no sign of relenting, and the initial optimism surrounding the Arab Spring gradually fades, observers are now finally beginning to wake up to the violent epidemic of Christian persecution emerging across the recently freed nations of the Middle East.
The dictatorships of the past were never friends to Christian communities. A history of suppression and subjugation precedes the Arab Spring. And yet, this brief opportunity to forge a future greater for all faiths and communities in the Middle East is quickly disappearing as fresh waves of sectarian violence sweep the region.
Such a lost moment has precedent. In the Balkans, the downfall of the Communist empire was met by many observers with elation, observers who were then quick to turn their backs on that region as it disintegrated into hyper-violence and ethnic cleansing.
To prevent a similar tragedy, the new democracies of North Africa and the Middle East must enshrine in their foundations the inherent freedom of religion and the freedom of worship. Speaking on this matter to Imago Dei, Lord Alton, Chairman of the British Parliament's Cross-Party Working Group on Human Dignity affirmed, "We must do all we can to raise the plight of these religious minorities, to urge the architects of the new nations to honour this, and to prevent the Arab Spring turning into what is quickly becoming termed 'the Christian winter.' "
Editor, Imago Dei
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