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November 4, 2014 9:54 pm

Prince Charles to Muslim Leaders: Stop ‘Indescribable’ Persecution of Christians

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Prince Charles celebrating the induction of the UK's new chief rabbi, on September 1, 2013. Photo: Screenshot.

Prince Charles celebrating the induction of the UK's new chief rabbi, on September 1, 2013. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org Prince Charles called on Muslim leaders throughout the world to stop the “indescribable tragedy” of the persecution of Middle East Christians.

“It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East—an area where Christians have lived for 2,000 years, and across which Islam spread in 700 AD, with people of different faiths living together peaceably for centuries,” Prince Charles said in a video statement ahead of the release of a report on religious freedom by the Catholic charity group Aid to the Church in Need.

Reflecting on his own faith as a Christian, Prince Charles called on religious communities to work together to stamp out extremism and uphold freedom of religion.

“The horrendous and heart-breaking events in Iraq and Syria have brought the subject of religious freedom and persecution to the forefront of the world’s news,” he said. “We have learnt with mounting despair of the expulsion of Christians, Muslims, and Yazidis from towns and cities that their ancestors have occupied for centuries.”

“Sadly, incidents of violence in Iraq and Syria are not isolated,” added Prince Charles. “They are found throughout some, though not all, of the Middle East; in some African nations; and in many countries across Asia.”

According to the religious freedom report, Christians—especially those in the Middle East—are the most persecuted faith group in the world.

The report listed 20 countries with high levels of impairment of religious freedom, including 14 countries linked to Islamic extremism: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Maldives, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The other six countries on the list have authoritarian regimes, such as China and North Korea.

The report also noted that Jews in Western Europe have been subjected to increased violence and other persecution, forcing many of them to immigrate to Israel.

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  • Daniele Flammia

    It is good that a country’s leader would speak up on behalf
    of what is believes are. Good Prince Charles. I hpo more leaders would follow his example.

  • Barbara

    Thank you, Prince Charles. If only our President would do the same….

  • Patrick Moyal

    Prince Charles is right, Like all résonable intelligent honest people who want the world to be better for our children and grandchildren who like life and not death. Wanting to leave in peace not in terror cause by that inhuman cancer calling themselves Islam. Speaking from all four sides of their mouth. Their only purpose is death so they say. Sending their brain washed youngsters to die for no purpose. Proving nothing. Only their ignorance madness lack of education used by their so called brothers in death. They act and dress like the Devils that they represent. Their are inhuman cruel and cowards
    We need more people with they head on they shoulders who sees the things like there are not like they will like to be. The world need to open theirs eyes and stop their racism and hypocrisy against the great leader of this world. I congratulate the prime Minister of Israel and all the Jewish people and the few Nations who really honestly see the real problems.

    • nora schwartz

      Patrick Moyal I love the clarity of you message.. they act and dress like the devils that they represent .. they are inhuman cruel and cowards… bravo !!!!!

  • june bertos

    These muslim people like to be treated well in our place and they cry for injustice if something not good happened to them and they always make it a reason that they are being discriminated because they are muslim. Their voices are too loud but look at what their kinds are doing to the Christians in their country. They are being killed like chickens but chickens are better because they pray for the chicken before killing them. muslims in general are good and they are so good that they keep their silence with what their murderous brethren are doing. They may contradict what others do but they do not have voice to say it, why, they are also afraid that they will be called anti-muslim. What a shame to you who read your quoran.

  • Nelson

    It took them a longtime to respond. A very longtime however in good faith i’ll say we appreciate what prince Charles has done.

  • z

    Interesting, considering it is the US and Britain that sponsor these Jihadistinis. And they do this not just in the ME but in Britain and the US as well. All you have to do is look at the immigration and welfare rolls.

  • Jonah

    Talk is cheap, even though you have good intentions. Take your harriers and bomb every masque in Europe…that would be a good start. If you don’t Russia will be forced to.

  • Cherian P.V.

    I am so happy a descendant of the devout Queen Victoria finally spoke up for Christians!
    Let more leaders do the same!!

  • Vittore

    Somebody should enlighten Prince Charles on the reality of Freedom of Religion in Islamic countries.