The head of a global evangelical organization that represents over 600 million Christians worldwide is calling for global action to help stem the refugee crisis in the Kingdom of Jordan.
Geoff Tunnicliffe, chief executive officer and secretary general for the World Evangelical Alliance, told The Christian Post about the refugee situation on the Jordan-Syrian border. "There's a crisis here with the refugees. Imagine 30 million people arriving in the United States in the last six months as refugees. That's the kind of percentage of people that we're talking about that are now in Jordan," said Tunnicliffe.
"So you can imagine the strain that's on the government and the NGOs and so one of the things that we want to do is draw attention to this crisis and call upon our community to respond in a very significant way to help the refugees." more >>
Roma Downey, star of former television series "Touched by an Angel" and an executive producer behind the Emmy-nominated "The Bible" series, told The Christian Post on Thursday after returning from a meeting with Arab Christians in Jordan that she feels compelled to let it be known that the last thing anyone in the Middle East wants is more military action, despite the atrocities believed to have been committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States claims that more than 1,400 people, nearly a third of them children, were attacked on Aug. 21 by state forces with chemical weapons. However, Assad denies carrying out such an attack on his own people. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama has been pressing Congress and the global community for support to strike the Syrian government for its alleged violation of international laws in a civil war that has been waging for two and a half years.
Downey, who just returned from the two-day conference in Amman, Jordan, hosted by King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein to address "The Challenges Facing Arab Christians," told CP that her heart was full with an urgency to share what she had learned from her interactions and talks with leading church representatives from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan who also spoke at the meeting. more >>
President Obama bowed-up last year and said he had a "red line" he would not allow Syria to cross. As a result, and with his massive ego at stake, he feels he has to do something he never does: back up his rhetoric with action.
The Obama regime only knows one way to wage war, and that is to run attack ads in Iowa destroying an opponent's character. Trying to wage war by invading a country over WMDs has pitted President Obama against his fiercest ideological opponent on the matter - candidate Obama.
So our war-waging-invading machine has been dispatched to the Middle East to extract a pound of flesh from Syrian president Assad for probably gassing opposition. No penalties yet on this administration sending the IRS to attack Obama's opposition. more >>
Remnants of the chemical sarin have been found on articles of clothing and in soil near the site of the August 21 chemical attacks in Syria, Great Britain announced Thursday. The announcement comes four days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also said hair and blood samples from the region tested positive for the chemical gas.
The office of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced Thursday that tests conducted at the country's Porton Down laboratories found traces of sarin, a dangerous nerve agent that can kill a grown man with one drop, on clothing and soil in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus that suffered an intense chemical attack on civilians earlier in August.
Cameron told BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson on Thursday that the evidence of the gas "further shows the use of chemical weapons in that Damascus suburb," although he did not go as far to attribute responsibility for the chemical attack. The U.S., on the other hand, has openly accused Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime for the August 21 attack in the suburbs of Syria's capital city that reportedly left 1,429 dead, including 426 children. more >>
Christian leaders in the Middle East believe that a U.S. military intervention in Syria will have a "detrimental effect" on Christians in the region, Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance said in a statement to the White House on Thursday.
Tunnicliffe, who serves as the secretary general for the global evangelical group, is currently attending a conference in Amman, Jordan, to address the plight of "Arab Christians," particularly those in Egypt and Syria. The conference was convened by Jordan's King Abdullah II and attended by California's Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, Christian Hollywood producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, and several Middle Eastern Christian leaders.
After speaking at the conference, Tunnicliffe sent a letter to the White House and the United Nation's Security Council saying that the majority of Christian leaders he spoke to from the Syria region discourage military action in their country, saying such intervention would have a "detrimental effect" on Christians in the region. more >>
President Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of American military force in Syria against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Recent American history in the region demands that the United States exercise tremendous prudence and discretion in how it handles the war in Syria.
Syria is embroiled in a bitterly violent civil war that has claimed the lives of as many as 110,000 in a country of slightly more than 22 million. The conflict began in the spring of 2011 when revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt successfully challenged their respective nations' dictatorships. Largely peaceful protests against Assad's authoritarian rule quickly turned to armed conflict after the regime's violent response.
The conflict is further complicated by the fact that Syria is led by a minority Shia Islamic sect known as the Alawites while most of the citizens are Sunni Muslims. While the rebellion may have been initially fueled by an anti-Assad sentiment, sectarian division seems to have intensified the violence. The more-secular Alawite-led regime has cast the rebels as religious extremists committed to imposing Sharia law and attacking other religions. Assad has galvanized the Alawite base by spreading propaganda that an Assad defeat means the extermination of Alawites throughout Syria. more >>