Being a Christian in a Muslim country is usually a difficult thing. The more a country follows Sharia law, the more Christians suffer. The situation in Iraq has gone from very bad to much worse with the rise to power of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
When Saddam Hussein was in power there were about 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. In the last 11 years the number has dropped to less than 500,000, perhaps as low as 200,000. With the rise of Islamic sectarianism, Christians have been an increasing targeted for violence, so more than half of Iraqi Christians have left for Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. Those that remain have seen little government protection. Now in areas controlled by ISIS the orders to Christians are to convert to Islam, move out, or be killed. There have been Christians in Mosul for 2,000 years. Now they have all been driven out or killed.
A petition has been submitted to the White House requesting that the United States use some of the $80+ billions in frozen Iraqi assets to come to the assistance of Christians enduring a holocaust in the making. I encourage you to take a few minutes to sign the petition before it expires on August 20.
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