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Latest on persecution of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq
· August 12, 2014 10:00 AM
Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she gives an update on the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq. Ms Kendal says tens of thousands of Christians have fled Qaraqosh which is a significant Christian town in Northern Iraq. Many of the Christians have sought refuge in Arbil.
ACL’s Lyle Shelton addresses rally for persecuted Iraqi Christians in Melbourne
· August 05, 2014 10:00 AM
Last Saturday, ACL's managing director Lyle Shelton called for an increase to Australia’s humanitarian intake when he addressed a crowd of about 4,000 who rallied in Melbourne to condemn the persecution of Christians in Iraq.
The rally was organised by leaders from Australian churches with Middle Eastern roots as a show of solidarity with the hundreds and thousands of Christians who have been driven from their homes in northern Iraq under the threat of 'convert to Islam or die' by Islamic state militants.
Mr Shelton said he wants the government to increase its intake from the current 13,700 refugees a year it takes. ACL has launched a campaign calling on the federal government to increase Australia's humanitarian migrant intake and to offer asylum to those fleeing persecution. You can add your voice by signing the petition at
"The Australian Christian Lobby is calling upon the federal government to increase our humanitarian intake so that we can take some of these refugees and share some of the burden," Mr Shelton told the crowd.
Other speakers on the day included Bernie Finn MLC, Bishop Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Father Geoff Harvey of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, as well as other leaders from the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean churches.
ACL supporter Collin Nunis, who was also at the rally, said that "Though this rally was born out of very unfortunate circumstances, the rally was also a blessing as it brought Australian Christian churches together in solidarity and spirit; Christians from all walks of life professing one faith."
We continue to hear stories of persecution Christians are facing in Syria and Iraq.
An ACL supporter in Victoria said he has received a text message from a Syrian business associate based in Abu Dhabi about the continuing persecution of Christians in his homeland.
The text message he received from the associate said:
Yesterday my relatives - a woman and child - were killed in Damascus and terrorists gunmen now occupy their home.
The situation is very bad in the capital.
I told you more than 120,000 Syrian Christians threatened with death in the coming days.
It's really holocaust for the Christians in Syria and Iraq.
I have no home to go back to it, but we trust in Christ to help us.
Last week, ACL's Katherine Spackman interviewed religious liberty analyst Elizabeth Kendal about the plight of Iraqi Christians who have been ordered by ISIS militants to leave the city of Mosul or convert to Islam. You can listen to the interview
Time to stand with the persecuted
· July 31, 2014 10:00 AM
rally in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians
this Saturday, 1:30pm, Federation Square
We thought we had learned from the ethnic and religious purges of the Holocaust and the Balkans.
‘Never again’ was the vain refrain.
But this week hundreds of thousands of Christians have been driven from their homes in northern Iraq under the threat of convert to Islam or die by Islamic state militants.
Chilling images of decapitation, crucifixions and summary mass executions have filled news websites all week.
The images are hard to verify but the reports indicate that the killings include Shiites, former Iraqi army members and Christians.
Churches are being ransacked and destroyed.
In alarming echoes of the Holocaust where Jews were marked with the Star of David, Christian homes have been marked with the Arabic letter ‘N’ to signify that they are followers of the Nazarene, Jesus.
Christians have been in this region for 2000 years and now almost all have fled.
Many of my Facebook friends have changed their profile picture to the Arabic letter ‘N’ as a show of solidarity.
It was also good to see prominent global
Muslim leaders condemn the violence
With world leaders understandably paralysed by the other numbing tragic crises in Gaza and Ukraine, much of what is occurring in northern Iraq is going on under the radar.
However, it was also good to see the Australian
government pledge $5 million in aid
This week, religious liberty analyst
Elizabeth Kendal spoke to ACL’s Katherine Spackman
about the plight of Iraqi Christians who have been ordered by ISIS militants to leave the city of Mosul or convert to Islam.
Leaders of Australian churches with Middle Eastern roots are understandably very concerned. Many have loved ones in war-torn Syria and Iraq.
They have organised a
rally at Melbourne’s Federation Square
this Saturday at 1:30pm.
ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn and I will be there. If you can, please join us as a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering.
Religious Liberty Analyst Elizabeth Kendal discusses abduction of school girls from Nigeria
· May 06, 2014 10:00 AM
Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she discusses the abduction of school girls from Nigeria on the 14th of April. Some have since escaped but nearly 190 girls remain missing.
Religious liberty analyst on report showing Christianity is the religion most countries are hostile too
· January 21, 2014 11:00 AM
Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she discusses the recent
from Pew Research which showed that Christianity is the religion most countries are hostile too.
Elizabeth Kendal on the Political Spot
· February 19, 2013 11:00 AM
Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. The ACL's Katherine Spackman spoke to her about the conflict in the middle Eastern country of Syria that's been going on for two years. The UN estimated 70,000 people have died as a result of the conflict between the Syrian Army and rebel forces.
Elizabeth Kendal on The Political Spot
· November 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Elizabeth Kendal is a researcher at the Melbourne School of Theology and a religious liberty expert. She spoke with Daniel Simon about the civil war in Syria.
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