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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Arab spring could threaten Christians, warns archbishop of Canterbury

The archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Arab spring could lead to increased hostility towards Christians in the Middle East, describing their position as "more vulnerable than it has been for centuries".
In a House of Lords debate, Dr Rowan Williams said such communities faced a "painful dilemma" in the wake of revolutions across the region.
He told around 80 peers last Friday: "Under some of the discredited regimes of recent years, they have enjoyed a certain degree of freedom from aggression or discrimination.
"The first tremors of political change were felt by some Christians as a bit of a threat to a status quo that, while anything but ideal, was a bit more bearable than some alternatives.
"At the moment, most of these communities urgently want to know whether the Arab spring will be good or bad news for them, and for other non-Muslim or non-majority presences."
The region, home to millions of Christians, has seen its communities dwindle in number because of low birth rates, emigration, persecution and violence. Read more...

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