To contribute a guest blog post to this page on a relevant topic, please send your submission, along with a brief bio, using the site’s contact form.
PETITION FOR THE CREATION OF A MIDEAST CHRISTIAN STATE
1) In recognition of the historical and continuous presence of Christians in the Middle East, where Christianity was born, and the countless Christian holy sites in the area, indigenous Christians deserve at least one Christian state in the Middle East, where they have lived for about 2,000 years.
2) For humanitarian reasons, and to ensure the long-term security and dignity of Christians in the Middle East, a safe haven for Mideast Christians in the form of a sovereign, independent state should be created, such that there is at least one state in the Middle East with a Christian majority and whose borders, army, and laws are controlled by Christians.
3) The states of Iraq and Syria are in the process of disintegrating because ISIS (also known as "the Islamic State," "ISIL" and "IS") has taken territory from both states by brutal conquest and terror. The land mass of Iraq is 168,754 square miles (437,072 square kilometers); the land mass of Syria is 71,498 square miles (185,180 square kilometers).
4) The United States and/or other world or regional powers will eventually defeat ISIS -- if only to protect their own interests by securing energy supplies and/or preventing the creation of a terrorist state driven by Islamist expansionism. Upon such defeat, substantial territory in what used to be Syria and Iraq will be under foreign control and the disposition of such territory will present a rare opportunity to correct the historic injustices suffered by Mideast Christians.
5) The combined territory of the states that will eventually collapse totals 240,252 square miles (622,252 square kilometers). Principles of justice and a fair per capita distribution of Mideast resources might warrant that a large portion of this territory be reserved for Christians, who have never enjoyed true independence, security, or dignity in their ancestral lands, which have been conquered and ruled by Muslims for centuries. But even a relatively small reservation of territory for a new and highly motivated Mideast state can suffice, as has been demonstrated by the State of Israel, which is the only non-Muslim state in the Middle East and North Africa, and has thrived with just 8,630 square miles (22,145 square kilometers) of land.
6) The new Mideast Christian state would be designed to welcome persecuted Christians from all over the world, with priority given to the estimated 12 million Christians in the Middle East. Such Christians should have the right to stay in their current home countries, including in the few Mideast Muslim-majority states where Christians have significant populations (e.g., Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq). But these Christians should also have a state in the region where they can seek refuge and/or start a new life as first-class citizens building a bright future for their community.
7) Just as the Jewish Diaspora helped to build, finance, populate, and defend the Jewish State in the Middle East, so too should the Christian Diaspora (whether or not directly related to Mideast Christian communities) be involved in building, financing, populating, and defending the new Christian state.
8) The new Christian state will:
--be a republic founded on democratic principles, with liberal institutions and traditions similar to those of democracies in Western Europe and North America,
--grant full and equal rights to women and religious minorities, and allow up to 25% of its immigrants to come from non-Christian minorities of every religion (with priority immigration for persecuted minorities and secularists from the Middle East and North Africa),
--have several official languages, including: Aramaic, Arabic, and English.
9) Geostrategically, the new Christian state would be a valuable asset to Western powers and forces of moderation because it will:
--promote democratic/Western values and religious diversity in the Middle East,
--contribute to a balance of power that serves as a bulwark against Islamist extremism in the region,
--be formally allied with the West (which sanctioned its creation), as well as Kurdistan and Israel,
--give long-term legitimacy to a Western military presence in the Middle East. Western forces will train the military of the new Christian state for an agreed period of time and thereafter, on terms to be negotiated, will be granted longer-term military cooperation and privileges.
10) Mideast Christians -- and Christians from around the world who want to join the struggle to defeat ISIS and create a new Christian state in the Middle East -- can be America’s “boots on the ground.” Thus, the future army of the new Mideast Christian state can be trained as part of the effort to destroy ISIS, and can provide much of the fighting force needed to vanquish ISIS.
May all people of good will, and of every faith, support this effort to provide a historically persecuted minority with justice, security, and dignity.