One of the saddest unintended consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the progressive de-Christianization of the country, home to churches that trace their lineage to the earliest days of the religion. In reporting on Christmas Day bombings in Christian areas of Baghdad, the
The attrition of the Christian population may not have been foreseen by President
It's no accident that Pope Francis urged prayers for peace when it looked as if the U.S. might attack Syria to punish the
Not all Christians in the Middle East support dictatorial regimes. Some Coptic Christians joined Muslims and secularists in opposing Mubarak and calling for democracy. But in general, Christians have seen authoritarian and quasi-secular leaders such as Hussein and Assad as preferable to a more democratic polity in which political Islam would hold sway and Christians would be further marginalized, or worse.
Who's to say they are wrong?
It's ironic that many Americans who complain about a "war on Christians" in the Middle East supported Bush's invasion of Iraq and also agitate for