Yesterday Bishop Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land released a statement of solidarity with the church in Algeria which has been under pressure from the Algerian government to close churches. The most interesing portion of the statement for me was that it seems the Algerian government is not asking for expatriate (foreign, non-Arab) churches to be closed, just Arab Christian churches. Bishop Younan’s response touches on the long-standing history and importance of Arab Christians and the need for Freedom of Religion.

Read the full statement.