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Radical Muslims fomenting conflict in Lebanon

May 16, 2012

The director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Lebanon is warning that radical Islamic organizations are fanning the flames of conflict in Lebanon as well as in Syria.

“The conflict is spreading in Lebanon,” warned Father Paul Karam. “This happens because of political interests that trample human rights, and the fragility of our country, ethnic-religious composite mosaic. Herein lies the major component of fanatic Islamic movements that fan on the religious aspect, fomenting hatred among communities.”

“In Syria the faithful have freedom of faith and public testimony which is not guaranteed in other states in the Middle East,” he added. “We are concerned because the Christians, as a minority, are the easiest target. Syrian fellow priests tell us that the situation is dramatic: there are forces who want to turn the conflict into a religious war, and this would be a tragedy.”


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