Muslims persecutes Middle East Christians says Prince Charles
Prince Charles made the comments during a meeting with leaders of churches. Prince Charles accompanied by Prince Ghazi of Jordan, visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage and the Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in West London, where he learned more of the escalating violent conflict in the Middle East. Religious minorities are especially vulnerable to attack in the region as extremist Muslim groups have seized power in many areas.
In Egypt, members of the Coptic Church are suffering frequent violent attacks from Islamists. Church properties, homes and businesses of believers have been regularly attacked and robbed, violations of human rights are common. The situation is similarly grave in Syria, where almost a third of the Christians have fled the country due to fears of increasing attacks. Iran and Iraq are also particularly dangerous places for Christians to live, with Iranian Christians facing arbitrary arrests and Iraqi churches at risk of attacks.
Prince Charles said Christianity is disappearing from the Middle East — the very region of its birth — due primarily to a campaign of persecution by extremist Muslims and fundamentalist Islamists. Prince said, “it seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are increasingly being deliberately targeted by fundamentalist Islamist militants”.
He said, “Christianity was literally born in the Middle East and we must not forget our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ. … Yet today the Middle East and North Africa has the lowest concentration of Christians in the world – just 4 percent of the population, and it is clear that the Christian population has dropped dramatically over the last century and is falling still further.”
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