Did you catch this story? Over the weekend, in Mosul, Iraq, the newly proclaimed Caliphate that stretches from parts of Syria into Iraq, supported by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), a highly successful force of Islamic fundamentalists, declared to all Christians residing in Mosul that they had 72 hours to convert to Islam, pay a tax, or die. There are now thousands of Christians fleeing the area, some of whom come from families that have lived there since 100 AD… Anybody speaking out? How about the virtual exodus of Copts in Egypt? Around the world in 130 countries Christians are persecuted on a horrific continuing basis.
I remember writing about a Christmas Eve a couple of years back. After attending midnight mass, I stepped outside in the falling snow and heard a voice ask, “This is your line in the sand. Will you defend their right to practice their religion?” Yes. Yes, I will.
For right now, that defense may simply consist of speaking out and being sure that my small circle of the world is aware. That I can do.