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By John Zmirak, a Senior Editor, The Stream, January 25, 2018

John ZmirakYesterday I wrote about how Turkey is attacking U.S. allies — the Kurdish and Christian militias that at last defeated ISIS, so American soldiers wouldn’t have to. I noted that Kurdish Christians are among the most terrified, especially since the Syrian branch of al Qaeda (called al Nusrah) has joined the fighting. One of al Qaeda’s slogans is “death to apostates.” That’s a direct threat to the thousands of Kurds who recently converted to Christianity. They are free to do so in the Federation of Northern Syria, an island of religious freedom in the Middle East.

Below is exclusive footage from one of these growing Kurdish Christian churches, which face extermination at al Qaeda’s hands if Turkey prevails. The pastor leads his congregation in a powerful prayer for deliverance.

Please join your prayers to his. And call the White House, along with your representatives in Congress. Tell them that U.S. allies deserve better treatment than this.


John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream, and author of the new Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, then his M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction and his Ph.D. in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University. His focus was the English Renaissance, and the novels of Walker Percy. He taught composition at LSU and screenwriting at Tulane University, and has written screenplays for and with director Ronald Maxwell (Gods & Generals and Gettysburg). He was elected alternate delegate to the 1996 Republican Convention, representing Pat Buchanan.

He has been Press Secretary to pro-life Louisiana Governor Mike Foster, and a reporter and editor at Success magazine and Investor’s Business Daily, among other publications. His essays, poems, and other works have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, FrontPage Magazine, The American Conservative, The South Carolina Review, Modern Age, The Intercollegiate Review, Commonweal, and The National Catholic Register, among other venues. He has contributed to American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought. From 2000-2004 he served as Senior Editor of Faith & Family magazine and a reporter at The National Catholic Register. During 2012 he was editor of Crisis.

He is author, co-author, or editor of eleven books, including Wilhelm Ropke: Swiss Localist, Global Economist, The Grand Inquisitor (graphic novel) and The Race to Save Our Century. He was editor of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s guide to higher education, Choosing the Right College and Collegeguide.org, for ten years, and is also editor of Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind