Michael O. Garvey | August 27, 2014
The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world.
The $1.1 million grant will fund “Under Caesar’s Sword: How Christian Communities Respond to Repression,” a project that center director Daniel Philpott regards as both unprecedented and overdue.
“In recent years the persecution of Christians has grown more and more widespread,” Philpott said. “The sad fate of Christians in Egypt, Syria and Iraq are only some of the latest episodes. Only in the last couple of weeks, the extremist Islamists who control Mosul, Iraq, have told the Christians remaining there to convert to Islam, live as second-class citizens, leave or die. The denial of the religious freedom of Christians is one of the largest classes of human rights violations in the world today. Yet, the phenomenon is underreported in the mainstream media and the human rights community.”