Egypt has ordered the arrest of seven U.S.-based Coptic Christians and an American pastor for their alleged involvement in the making of the anti-Islam film that has sparked protests from Muslims worldwide.
Among those charged is Florida pastor Terry Jones, who said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the video.
Demands like this, as well as the violent attacks on U.S. missions in the Middle East, have created a foreign relations crisis.
Now, many are wondering if more needs to be done by the Obama administration as well as the International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol.
Blasphemy laws restricting any negativity towards the Islamic faith are in place throughout the Arab world. Christians in these countries face continue persecution as a result.
Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, talked to CBN News more about these laws and their impact on Christians in the Middle East.
Shea also discussed the growing unrest in the region and how the United States has responded so far.
Click play to watch her comments, on CBN Newswatch, Sept. 18.