Middle East Christians praise Trump for saving them
Representatives of religious minorities praised President Trump at a State Department event for his effort to save persecuted Christians and Yazidis in Iraq from genocide.
â€śThe U.S. has always been a symbol of freedom for persecuted people around the world,â€ť Fr. Muntaser Haddad of the St. Ephrem Syriac Catholic Church told Breitbart News.
Haddad attended the three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom summit in Washington, which ended Thursday.
â€śIf minorities like Yazidis and Christians would have vanished from the Middle East, it would show the world the United States is not invested in promoting its values and a lot of people would lose hope,â€ť he said....
Emma Green wrote: .... The Trump administrationâ€™s commitment to supporting Christians in the Middle East has corresponded with a sharp drop in the number of Christian refugees admitted to the U.S. Under Obama, advocates howled that Democrats were refusing to take in persecuted Christians, but the number of Christians admitted from Iraq has dropped by 98 percent over the past two years. According to data from the U.S. State Department and the charity World Relief, only 23 Iraqi Christians were admitted to the United States in 2018, compared with nearly 2,000 in 2016. Families still in Iraq now look to Europe and Australia instead.
Trump-administration officials argue that a smaller Christian population in the Nineveh Plain will result in long-term damage to the region. In certain respects, they are right. Fewer Christians means less representation in the Iraqi government and less of a chance that Baghdad will heed Christian concerns. A smaller Christian community might also embolden the enemies of diversity. Countries with more religious freedom tend to have lower levels of xenophobia and faith-based violence....
excerpt from, "The Impossible Future of Christians in the Middle East"