|Saeed Abedini and his wife, Naghmeh Abedini |
and children in happier times
The tiny Christian communities in Iran and Iraq can trace their roots back to the earliest days of the faith. It was the apostles themselves who journeyed to those lands in response to Jesus' command to bring his gospel to every corner of the world. Surely to God a community of faith that predates any other faith currently practiced in the Persian region must be granted the right to worship and pray as a pre-condition of Iran being allowed to participate in international organizations.
To fail to stand up now on issues such as this will create great problems for us down the road as a society. While Catholics are currently the fastest growing Church worldwide, it is not the case in North America and Europe when demographic trends have reversed what was the 'baby boom' into a baby bust. To maintain the economic capacity to fund our social and medical programs, these western countries are importing more and more Islamic followers as additional taxpayers. If trends hold as they are now, countries like France and England will count a majority of Muslims among their citizens. If we fail to negotiate now the appropriate set of rules for dealing with minority rights for countries to follow, it will be too late when we find ourselves among that minority in a generation or two.
So, do you want your kids and grandkids to have the same rights and freedoms that we enjoy now as the majority group? Then pick up a pen, a phone, or hit the keyboard and demand that the Canadian government intervene on Saeed Abedini's behalf.
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