The Genocide of Christians and religious minorities by ISIS is something that needs to be addressed not only so that we know exactly what is going on and where but so that we can come together and stop it and help those who are being displaced because of the violence.

Last week the American Center for Law and Justice filed a lawsuit against the State Department to find out exactly what is going on and what is being done to address the genocide of Christians and religious minorities by the hands of ISIS. Although the Obama administration has publicly recognized that there is genocide against Christians having Secretary of State John Kerry address the matter in a video saying that “Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control,” which includes Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims keep in mind that this is the same John Kerry that said this about terrorism, “Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.

It was reported by Breitbart in Aug. that in the 15th issue of the Islamic State propaganda magazine Dabiq, “the Islamic State calls on Christians to abandon Christianity, arguing that Jesus himself was “a slave of Allah” who will “wage jihad” upon returning to earth.” Not only is the Islamic State calling on Christians to abandon Christianity but the magazine, titled Break The Cross, “is dedicated to convincing Christians that Jesus was a prophet of Allah, was never crucified, and that most of the New Testament is a perversion of Jesus’s story orchestrated by St. Paul, a “criminal” “treacherous Jew” who gave up massacring Christians in order to subvert the religion from the inside. Its articles strive to depict Christianity as a pagan religion based on a false Jesus, arguing that the only true Jesus is the prophet of Islam.” So not only are they spreading false teachings but they are telling Christians to abandon their faith. If Muslims kill Muslims for leaving the religion of Islam what do you think ISIS is doing to Christians?

“Islamic extremism continues to be the primary driving force behind the expansion of persecution,” said Open Doors President and CEO David Curry. “It is no longer just a Christian problem, but a global problem that must be addressed.”

There was a total of about 1.4 million Christians living in Iraq before 2003 but after the U.S. invasion and the continuous fighting in the region the number of Christians in Iraq has dropped to somehwhere between 260,00 and 350,000. Due to the increase in violence and threat of ISIS more than 125,000 Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homeland in the past several years.

Open Doors USA states that, “According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians).  Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.”info_christian-persecution2

It was reported by Newsweek in 2015 that, “Christians are only one of the many religious groups in Iraq and Syria that have suffered atrocities at the hands of ISIS, other armed groups and the Assad regime. Many more Muslims have been killed or driven from their homes, but ISIS has repeatedly trumpeted its attacks on Christians, whom it often refers to as “crusaders,” as part of a holy war it claims to be fighting in the name of Islam.”

“These latest horrors build on the prejudice, discrimination and oppression that over the past few decades have steadily reduced the proportion of Christians in the Middle East from around 20 percent at the start of the 20th century to around 5 percent now. Less than 1 percent of the world’s more than 2 billion Christians live in the Middle East, and there are fears that number could dwindle even further,” the article stated.

Recently that ACLJ stated that they had “sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to the State Department asking for records that would indicate what if any action the Obama Administration is taking to stop, to respond to, or to provide relief to the victims of the genocide in Syria and Iraq. Regrettably, the State Department has ignored our request.”

Although the administraion has recognized that there is a problem has this administration done anyting to help or stop the genocide against christians? The answer is no. There have been no signs of this administraion trying to do anything to help Christians or any other religious minority group.

“Rather than offer a forceful response to a spate of terror in Syria, Iraq, Orlando, Nice, and Paris, Attorney General Lynch suggested that the “most effective” response is expressions of peace and love. It appears that members of the Obama Administration live in the world of make believe, wherein they are prepared to offer jobs, economic opportunity, and love as the solution to ISIS jihadists who have sworn an oath of hatred and world domination,” stated Harry G. Hutchison, Senior Counsel and Director of Policy for the ACLJ.

Part of the lawsuit that was filed by the ACLJ last week even points to the fact that, “In her book originally published in 2002, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power wrote that “[t]he United States had never in its history intervened to stop genocide, and in fact rarely even made a point of condemning it as it occurred.”

It is our hope that the [State Department] will answer our request with documents showing it is engaging this issue and working to end the genocide. While we are grateful to Secretary Kerry and the numerous others who have declared that genocide is occurring, more must be done. Now is not the time for comfort or complacency, but for active compassion. It is the time for justice.  – ACLJ

– Check out the 7 point plan to stop genocide and protect Christians and other religious minorities by the ACLJ here.

– Open Doors USA – The World Watch List is a ranking of the top 50  countries where Christians face the most severe  persecution for their faith.

– Stand with us against the genocidal slaughter and abuse perpetrated by ISIS. Sign our new Petition (below and) at today. Now there can be no doubt. It’s genocide. Join us as we demand that the U.S. lead the international community to stop the genocide and protect Christians. – ACLJ


(H/T – The Christian Post)

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