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Mufti Call to Destroy Churches Highlights Christian Plight

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Road signs in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Saicome.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, recently told a Kuwaiti delegation that, “Kuwait was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, and therefore it is necessary to destroy all churches in it,” reported Jihad Watch.

Highlighting the plight of Christians in Arab countries, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Christian population of the Middle East has dropped from 20 percent 100 years ago to less than five percent today.

“In Egypt, 200,000 Coptic Christians fled their homes last year after beatings and massacres by Muslim extremist mobs. Since 2003, 70 Iraqi churches have been burned and nearly a thousand Christians killed in Baghdad alone,” Oren wrote. However, “since Israel’s founding in 1948, its Christian communities (including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants) have expanded more than 1,000%,” he added.

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