In an important act of unanimity, the Australian Senate has passed two motions condemning violence towards Christians in the Middle East.

In a resolution passed unanimously and sponsored by the Government’s Senator Glenn Sterle and the Opposition’s Senator David Fawcett, the Senate called on the Australian Government to speak out about the plight of Egypt’s Coptic Community.

Senators condemned, “the tragic violence towards Coptic Christians in Egypt,” and expressed, “grave concerns for the safety of Copts in Egypt.”

Senators also called on the Australian Government to make representations on behalf of a Christian Pastor in Iran, Youcef Nadarkhani, sentenced to death for the crime of apostasy.

Whilst it is positive to see the Federal Parliament raising the issue of religious persecution overseas, there is much more that can be done to make direct representations to foreign governments on behalf of persecuted Christians.