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-Sec. Clinton: Religious Intolerance a Downside of ‘Arab Spring’

by Dr. D ~ September 15th, 2011

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007

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On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that growing religious intolerance was an overlooked downside to the ‘Arab Spring.’

While the popular revolts against longtime dictators in the Middle East and North Africa brought hope to millions of Arabs, Religious minorities in those countries, particularly Christians have seen an increase in persecution in the midst of the chaos which followed.

In presenting the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report, Sec. Clinton responded with the following:

“People have been killed by their own neighbors because of their ethnicity or faith. In other places, we have seen governments stand by while sectarian violence inflamed by religious animosities tears communities apart.”

The report reviews religious freedom in 198 different countries. While the worst offenders continued to be Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan, several countries involved in the ‘Arab Spring’ revolts showed an increase of religious intolerance and persecution.

Egypt in particular was singled out due to the numerous attacks by radical Muslims upon Coptic Christians.  The U.S. called on Egypt’s military government to be more vigilant in protecting religious minorities.

The U.S. has also expressed concern about treatment of ethnic minorities in Libya and sectarian violence in Syria and Iraq.

Response: We have posted a number of articles exposing the problems that minorities, particularly Christians have been experiencing in the midst of all of the chaos of the ‘Arab Spring.’

With the resulting breakdown of authority in some of these countries like Egypt, radical Muslims have been set free to attack Christian Villages including businesses, homes,and churches, resulting in hundreds of beatings and a number of deaths. As bad as some of these dictators were, at least minorities were better protected under their jurisdiction.

It is good to see Sec. Clinton coming out on the right side for a change. The last I saw of her she was promoting a possible UN ‘defamation resolution’ which would actually end up causing even more persecution of minority religions in the Middle east.            *Top

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