Shameful Indifference by US to Persecution of Middle East Christians

BOSTON, MA, October 11, 2011--The following statement was released by Catholics for the Common Good Adviser, Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn about the lack of response by the U.S. government to the "horrific mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East."

"I have been actively involved in politics at all levels for the last half century. I have never seen such little political interest expressed for Christians in the Middle East as I have the past two years. While the media has covered the horrific mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy has expressed very little concern, while our political officials have remained silent. Has American foreign policy lost it's moral compass, or do our leaders think that the people of our country no longer care about anything other than themselves?

"I have spoken out to various groups about what has been going on in Egypt, but the media doesn't seem interested. But the people do. Do Americans have to violently protest in the streets to focus attention on an injustice in the world? Religious extermination and the world turns it's back on it? What do we need a United Nations for?

"Maybe our President and candidates will realize that most Americans believe in international human rights and religious freedom, and want our country's leaders to reflect those cherished principles and values. America is more than about money and power."

Raymond L. Flynn is a member of Catholics for the Common Good's Advisery Board and is Former U.S. Ambassador to The Vatican and Mayor of Boston

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