Click to enlarge. Source: Newsweek.
The Christian community in Syria dates back to the time of St. Paul, who was converted on the road to Damascus.
Today the survival of Christianity in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries is under threat. Syria has lost 700,000 Christians in the past five year, nearly two-thirds of its Christian population. Iraq has lost more than a million Christians since the 2003 invasion.
The so-called Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Da’esh) singles out Christians for beheading and rape. It calls them “crusaders,” meaning that they are supposedly part of an age-old European invasion of the Middle East. Yet Syria was a Christian country for centuries before Mohammad was even born.
Many religious scholars fear for the survival of the ancient Christian communities in Syria and Iraq. This is something new, not a centuries-old conflict.
Christians and Muslims mostly lived together in peace during the Arab Caliphates, the Ottoman Empire and European colonial rule, and, if there was persecution, it fell short of genocide.
Despite all this, there are relatively few Christians among the Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees knocking on the doors of Europe and the United States.
An estimated 10 percent of Syria’s population is Christian, yet they constitute only 2.5 percent of the Syrian applicants for asylum in Europe. I would have expected more, if only because, unlike with Muslims, there are no predominantly Christian nations in the Middle East region.
I don’t think this is because of intentional discrimination. Asylum seekers are screened in refugee camps, and Middle Eastern Christians reportedly are reluctant to enter refugee camps because of persecution and abuse by Muslim refugees.
Certain American and European politicians have called for asylum of Syrian refugees to be limited to Christians. 
Barring refugees solely on the basis of religion is wrong and possibly a violation of international law. But there surely is justification for an affirmative action program for some of the world’s most persecuted people.
The New Exodus: Christians Flee ISIS in the Middle East by Janine Di Giovanni and Conor Gaffey for Newsweek.
Syria’s Beleaguered Christians by the BBC.
Christian refugees discriminated against by US and UK governments by Harry Farley for Christianity Today.
Why So Few Syrian Christian Refugees by Jonathan Witt for The Stream.
Why the question of Christian vs. Muslim refugees has become so incredibly divisive by Michelle Boorstein for the Washington Post.
 Actually, I think it would be a fine thing if Texas, Hungary or some other place became a haven for the world’s persecuted Christians.