CEO Lisa Pearce of Christian charity Open Doors UK, along with an Iraqi pastor Father Daniel and Conservative Member of Parliament Dame Caroline Spelman presented the Bible to Mrs Theresa May(Theresa Mary May is a British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2016) on Wednesday in Parliament. The charred Holy Bible was an Arabic Bible.
Their objective was to highlight the dangerous situation of Christians and minorities in the Middle East and ask for help in securing a better future for them.
Father Daniel from Erbil in Iraq gave Mrs May the Arabic Bible, which was found at St Mary’s shrine in Karamles, Iraq.
Open Doors said the survival of the Bible symbolizes the hope which the Christian community in Iraq continue to hold on to.
Fr Daniel later spoke in Parliament to assembled MPs, Peers and church leaders along with Caroline Spelman, Labour MP Kate Green, Conservative MP Alistair Burt and Open Doors CEO Lisa Pearce.
The event came after 808,172 people from 142 countries signed a petition, launched by Open Doors, asking the UK government and the United Nations to ensure that Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities enjoy the right to equal citizenship, dignified living conditions and a prominent role in reconciling and rebuilding their society.
In a news published on 16 Mar 2016, ISIS terrorists cut a video showing the burning of hundreds of Christian Bibles and literature in Mosul(Mosul is a major city in northern Iraq). One analyst said that ISIS this stunt and propoganda shows that this group is very serious about eradicating all faiths outside of the Islamist sect. In the video, terrorists are seen piling up hundreds of books with Christian crosses on the cover and lighting them on fire.
The Christian population in Iraq which was once a stronghold in the region for the faith has fallen from 1.5 million to 275,000 since ISIS set itself up as a caliphate.
The stated purpose [of ISIS] is to eliminate and force the Christians and Yazidi people out of the region. The West has realized that they cannot deny it any longer.