Activists: West ignoring genocide of Middle East religious minorities

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  1. Mandy says:

    What can Lutherans do to help? How can we give Christian Syrian Refugees a safe camp to go to? There are many refugee camps, but even inside the camps they are persecuted by Muslims. How can Lutherans create a safe refugee camp for Christians and other minorities?

    1. LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Thank you for your comment. The LCMS is helping SELK, our partner church in Germany, with refugees that are converting to Christianity and are being persecuted for it. You’ll find a story at At our recent convention, the delegates passed a resolution applauding the effort. You will find other useful information on our website at

      You may also wish to review our Lutheran Witness magazine on the topic at

      Our Synod cares for those that are being persecuted and set up an opportunity for those wishing to financially support persecuted and displaced Christians. To make a gift online, please click here: Christ’s Care for the Persecuted and Displaced.

      To make a donation by mail, make a check payable to the LCMS and write the gift designation on the memo line of your check (e.g. Christ’s Care for the Persecuted and Displaced.) and send it to:

      The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
      Mission Advancement
      P.O. Box 66861
      St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

      To make a credit card gift over the phone, you may call the LCMS toll-free gift line between 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Central time at 1-888-930-4438.

      Click here to see what Lutheran Hour Ministries is doing in that part of the world.

  2. Jim says:

    Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948.

    Article 1
    The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

    Article 2
    In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    Article 3
    The following acts shall be punishable:

    (a) Genocide;
    (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
    (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
    (d) Attempt to commit genocide;
    (e) Complicity in genocide.

    Article 4
    Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private.

    So what is the UN doing nothing

  3. Keith Freie says:

    I don’t think the UN has any intention of doing anything. After all, Christianity is a road block to them. Most of the world could care less about this persecution and many promote it one way or another.
    This was all foretold in the Book of Revelations and other scripture. We will stand up for Christ and Christianity, but until His return things will get even harder for us here in the US as well. Don’t fool yourselves, the day will come when we suffer the same while our government watches in apathy.