Why have Christians in the west ignored the Christians in the Middle East? The Middle Eastern Christians are Orthodox or Coptic and that is probably why. The crusaders were more upfront about this. They thought the orthodox Christians were heretics and therefore worse than the Muslims.
Do not forget that all Protestant churches have their roots in the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church has been rather hostile to eastern Christian Churches since the 11th century. The Protestant Churches just seemed to carry on this hostility.
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