Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday Thinking - About Persecuted Christians
From US Holocaust Memorial Museum - September 15
"According to the United Nations, more than 1.5 million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict since June 2014, most of them forced to flee because of their religious beliefs. Intentionally targeting a religious group for destruction constitutes genocide.
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"Known to many simply as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” Canon White has dedicated his life to fostering reconciliation between religious groups in a region where religion itself is one of the primary dividers of people. He is an eyewitness to the dangers so many face in a country that has seen ongoing sectarian conflict for more than a decade. For his efforts, he has endured great personal danger and has seen his staff targeted and even killed for their work.
"Canon White first went to Baghdad in 1998, where he took over the helm of St George’s Church. Since then, he has transformed its congregation into a thriving community that now includes hundreds of Iraqi Christians. He was named the Archbishop of Canterbury’s special envoy to the Middle East, has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and has received numerous awards, honorary degrees, and recognition for his reconciliation efforts."