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Exclusion as Discrimination
In a 13 November 2015 National Review article, the imbalance of Obama’s State Department has been put on display by their exclusion of Christians (you know, that group that has seen 100,000 martyrdoms per year since the third year of Obama’s presidency) from the US list of persecuted groups. The article begins:
A report by a renowned journalist states that Christians are to be excluded from an impending official United States government declaration of ISIS genocide. If true, it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors. (That a State Department genocide designation for ISIS may be imminent was acknowledged last week in congressional testimony, by Ambassador Anne Patterson, the assistant secretary of the State Department’s Near East Bureau.)
Yazidis, according to the story by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, are going to be officially recognized as genocide victims, and rightly so. Yet Christians, who are also among the most vulnerable religious minority groups that have been deliberately and mercilessly targeted for eradication by ISIS, are not. This is not an academic matter. A genocide designation would have significant policy implications for American efforts to restore property and lands taken from the minority groups and for offers of aid, asylum, and other protections to such victims. Worse, it would mean that, under the Genocide Convention, the United States and other governments would not be bound to act to suppress or even prevent the genocide of these Christians.
An unnamed State Department official was quoted by Isikoff as saying that only the attacks on Yazidis have made “the high bar” of the genocide standard and as pointing to the mass killing of 1,000 Yazidi men and the enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women and girls. To propose that Christians have been simply driven off their land but not suffered similar fates is deeply misinformed. In fact, the last Christians to pray in the language spoken by Jesus are also being deliberately targeted for extinction through equally brutal measures.
Christians have been executed by the thousands. Christian women and girls are vulnerable to sexual enslavement. Many of their clergy have been assassinated and their churches and ancient monasteries demolished or desecrated. They have been systematically stripped of all their wealth, and those too elderly or sick to flee ISIS-controlled territory have been forcibly converted to Islam or killed, such as an 80-year-old woman who was burned to death for refusing to abide by ISIS religious rules. Pope Francis pronounced their suffering “genocide” in July. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a broad array of other churches have done so as well. Analysis from an office of the Holocaust Museum apparently relied on by the State Department asserts that ISIS protects Christians in exchange for jizya, an Islamic tax for “People of the Book,” but the assertion is simply not grounded in fact.
ISIS atrocities against Christians became public in June 2014 when the jihadists stamped Christian homes in Mosul with the red letter N for “Nazarene” and began enforcing its “convert or die” policy. The atrocities continue. Recently the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo reported that 1,000 Christians, including two Orthodox bishops, have been kidnapped and murdered in his city alone. In September, ISIS executed, on videotape, three Assyrian Christian men and threatened to do the same to 200 more being held captive by the terrorist group. Recent reports by an American Christian aid group state that several Christians who refused to renounce their faith were raped, beheaded, or crucified a few months ago.Christian women and girls are also enslaved and sexually abused. Three Christian females sold in ISIS slave markets were profiled in a New York Times Magazine report last summer. ISIS rules allow Christian sabaya, that is, their sexual enslavement. Its magazine Dabiq explicitly approved the enslavement of Christian girls in Nigeria, and the jihadist group posted prices for Christian, as well as Yazidi, female slaves in Raqqa.
Please consider reading the rest of the article at the National Review.
Another Proof of Obama Administration Discrimination against Christians
In an 20 November 2015 article on The Stand, another proof of Obama’s directed discrimination against Christians is set out as follows:
The question of faith and immigration has jumped in the middle of the debate over admitting refugees to the United States. Candidates for president such as Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have argued, correctly in my view, that refugee resettlement should make admitting Christians our top priority.The sad reality is that Christians in war-torn Muslim countries have more to fear than anyone else. Upwards of 200,000 Christians have been killed by Muslims in recent years. Christian men have been murdered and their wives and daughters kidnapped, raped, and sold into sex slavery. Their sons have been crucified before their very eyes.If there are any refugees a Christian nation like the United States should put at the head of the queue, it would be our fellow travelers in the Christian faith.President Obama was scandalized earlier this week over suggestions that we should use a “religious test” in our immigration policy. But there is no ban in the Constitution on the use of a religious test for immigration, only for a position of trust in the federal government. We are free to use a religious test if we desire. Congress can establish any parameters it wishes in our immigration policy, and is perfectly free to use religious criteria if it wishes.And, contrary to what Obama has stated, using a religious test in immigration is in fact a very American thing to do. We have given priority to Christian immigrants and refugees repeatedly in our history.For example, under the 1990 law known as the Lautenberg Amendment, the federal government prioritized resettlement of Jews and Christians fleeing the Soviet Union and Southeast Asia. Obama himself extended this amendment just last year, to prioritize the resettlement of religious minorities fleeing Iran. Who would be the most endangered religious minority in Iran? Christians, of course.
In reality, Obama has been systematically discriminating against Christians from Syria. While they make up 10% of the population, and are at far greater risk than anyone, Christians represent less than three percent of all refugees admitted to the U.S. from Syria.