Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your letter. There is no doubt that the Arab Spring has become a Christian Winter. It is not a movement for democracy in the sense that we understand it. It is an Islamic movement, an anti-western movement. And it is replacing governments that were more or less secular or pragmatic with hard-line, radical Islamicist regimes. In each case, the rebels who have overthrown the previous administration are far worse and more intensely hostile to Christianity.
Syria is an unusual state. It has 6% of its population as Christians. These Christians have been mostly left alone by Assad’s secular dictatorship. The rebels who are fighting for the overthrow of the government in Syria are engaged in vicious persecution of Christians and destruction of church buildings.