From the Introduction:
My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? [ Matthew 27:46]
In the homeland of Christianity, war, intolerance, and political maneuvering are obliterating the Christian population. Killings and mass expulsion are the trademarks of the severest repression. Community after community is resorting to emigration to survive.
For Christians, the Holy Land means more than the Palestine where Jesus walked. It includes the places where the first Christian communities and churches sprung up, from present-day, war-torn Iraq and Syria across to tumultuous Egypt.
The territory is now an incubator both for anti-Christian violence and generalized terrorism across the globe. Christians are victims of expanded interpretations of jihad, the Islamic tradition of holy war. On the basis of these doctrines, radical armed groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) justify murder, looting, and full-scale expulsions of civilians. (Sham is an Arabic term for Greater Syria, which once stretched from the border of Turkey through Palestine.) Beyond the Holy Land, copycat murderous campaigns have spread to countries as far afield as Kenya, Nigeria, Libya, and France.