Voicing concern for “this wicked and systematic attack on our faith”, Bishop Richard F. Stika has called for prayer and action after Christians and other religious groups have been targeted with violence in the Middle East and Iraq in particular.
“We should remember those who have been chased to remote regions in the mountains and desert and those who have been threatened with death,” said Bishop Stika in an OpEd column published Sunday in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Thousands of Christians have been killed or forced to flee after the militant group known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, went on a violent push through the region.
“While governments, including our own, have finally started to take notice, support has been slow in coming,” said Bishop Stika. “I urge you to contact your congressional representatives, affirming your grave concern and desire to provide aid and protection.. ,” he added.
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