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Obama policy made 2015 the worst persecution of Christians "in modern history"

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Raymond Ibrahim (GatestoneInstitute) is reporting that 2015 was the "worst year in modern history for Christian persecution," according to Open Doors, a human rights organization that has been documenting the persecution of Christians since 1955.

According to its latest data, more than 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2015 -- almost twice as many as in 2014. In addition, more than 2,400 churches were attacked, damaged or destroyed -- again, more than double the number of the previous year.

In the words of Open Doors' CEO, David Curry:

The 2016 World Watch List [which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted] documents an unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians, making this past year the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history. ... This research has concluded that after the brutal persecution of Christians in 2014, 2015 proved to be even worse with the persecution continuing to increase, intensify and spread across the globe. ... The level of exclusion, discrimination and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading and intensifying.

Who or what is behind these unprecedented levels of persecution? Some of it is related to the tendency of non-Western nations to associate Christianity with the "hated West." Four are Communist nations -- Vietnam (ranked #20), Laos (#29), China (#33), and North Korea (#1), where "Christianity is not only seen as 'opium for the people,' as is normal for all communist states, it is also seen as deeply Western and despicable," notes the report. Three are reclaiming their religious heritage in contradistinction to what is portrayed as a depraved West -- Hindu India (#17), Buddhist Bhutan (#38) and Myanmar (#23). And two -- Mexico (#40) and Columbia (#46) -- are fueled by organized crime and drug cartels.

"Islamic extremism" is cited as the source of persecution for the remaining 41 nations that make the list of 50 worst persecutors of Christians. North Korea aside, the rest of the eight nations where Christians experience the worst form of persecution ("extreme persecution") are all Islamic. In 35 nations, Islamic extremism "has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing" of Christians.

A close examination of the report indicates that something else stands behind this rise of genocidal "Islamic extremism": U.S. foreign policy. In every Muslim nation where the U.S. has intervened in the name of "freedom and democracy," Christian life has exponentially worsened. Put differently, among those who most despise "freedom and democracy" -- radical and jihadi Muslims -- tend to be the ones most empowered by U.S. foreign policies.

Iraq today, according to the report, is the second worst nation in the world in which to be Christian. Afghanistan is fourth, Syria fifth, and Libya tenth. A decade ago, none of these countries even made the top 10 list. Syria and Libya -- when they were ruled by secular autocrats who were eventually demonized by U.S. politicians and media, and then underwent U.S. intervention -- did not even make the top 20.

In 2004, Saddam Hussein's Iraq was ranked 32 and scored only 35.5 (out of 100). After a decade's worth of American lives and treasure were wasted, Iraq is now scores 90 and is the worst Muslim nation in which to be Christian. The situation is the same in those other Muslim nations that the U.S. government brought "freedom and democracy" to -- and with Syria, which it continues trying to bring "freedom and democracy" to:

  • Syria: A decade ago it was ranked #47 and scored only 24.5. A nation must score at least 50 to count as containing "sparse persecution." Today it is ranked #5 and scores 87 , or "extreme persecution."
  • Libya: A decade ago it was ranked #22 and scored 41; today it ranks #10 and scores 79.
  • Afghanistan: A decade ago it ranked #11 and scored 53; today -- a decade after the U.S. declared "victory" over al-Qaeda and the Taliban -- it is ranked #4 and scores 88.

Even in nations where U.S. intervention is not obvious, Christian persecution has reached unprecedented levels. In Nigeria, Boko Haram -- an Islamic group possibly more savage than ISIS -- slaughtered more Christians in 2015 than any other terrorist group. Yet for years the Obama administration has refused to list Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, and has argued that its violence had nothing to do with Islam and was a result of poverty and grievances. Instead, the U.S. pressured the Nigerian government to make concessions, including by building more mosques -- the very structures, as the Nigerian lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe said, where Muslims are radicalized and recruited for the jihad.

In May 2013, soon after Nigerian forces killed 30 Boko Haram members in a particularly strong offensive, Reuters reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "issued a strongly worded statement" to the Nigerian president: "We are ... deeply concerned by credible allegations that Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations, which, in turn, only escalate the violence and fuel extremism" from Boko Haram.

Those many Americans indifferent to all this persecution "over there" would do well to connect the dots: Globally empowering forces hostile to Christians is synonymous with globally empowering forces hostile to America. Those Muslims who hate and persecute Christians also hate, and seek to persecute, Americans for exactly the same reason: Westerners all are hated non-Muslim infidels.

In short, the primary achievement of U.S. foreign policies, apart from wasted American blood and treasure.

is the unprecedented rise in Muslim nations of Islamic forces outspokenly bent on destroying America.

Related:  House votes to condemn ISIS atrocities in Iraq and Syria as genocide

Now lets see if Obama calls the mass murders of Christians and other religious minorities by Muslims on the Mideast as genocide.

Any bets?

And what about Boko Haram? Are they getting a pass?



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"Outnumbered" hosts shred Obama over Christian "genocide" denial -- history won't be kind

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Michael Dorstewitz (BizPacReview) is reporting that the Obama administration has been under increasing pressure to call the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East for what it is -- genocide -- something that Barack Obama has been loath to do.

Harris Faulkner observed on Tuesday's "Outnumbered" that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are facing a March 17 deadline to determine how to define those attacks.

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros noted that the administration has continuously downplayed radical Islam's threat by calling Islamic State terrorists "JayVee" and denying the existence of a war on terror.

"You're not going to acknowledge that there's something being done to the Christians if you're not acknowledging who's committing the acts," Tantaros said.

"There's blood on this administration's hands ever since the 'red line' [drawn then withdrawn against Syria]," Meghan McCain put in. "History will reflect on this very badly."

My, how things change.

In 1995 the killing of more than 8,000 Bosniak ("Bosnian Muslim") men and boys, as well as the mass expulsion of another 25,000–30,000 Bosniak civilians, in and around the town of Srebrenica was described as "genocide."

The ethnic cleansing campaign included unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery and inhumane treatment of civilians; the targeting of political leaders, intellectuals and professionals; the unlawful deportation and transfer of civilians; the unlawful shelling of civilians; the unlawful appropriation and plunder of real and personal property; the destruction of homes and businesses; and the destruction of places of worship.

Since declaring the caliphate, ISIS has murdered more than 10,000 Christians.

"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has secret sources inside ISIS territory, said 3,207 have been killed in that war-torn country," notes the article. "Another 7,700 were executed in Iraq, according to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights [IOHR], which tracks ISIS violations."

"The soldiers and civilians who have been beheaded, shot dead, drowned, blown up, stoned to death and thrown off buildings for violating ISIS's twisted laws all contributed to this mammoth death toll," it adds. "The figure does not include the thousands more who have been killed in battle and suicide bombings -- or the innocent people mown down by ISIS extremists as they tried to flee."

And the millions of Christian and Yaziidi refugees driven from their homes by ISIS dwarfs the "ethnic cleansing" of 25,000–30,000 Bosniak civilians

And don't forget Boko Haram, that has pledged loyalty to ISIS, has murdered 8,000 to 10,00 more Christians.

But Obama doesn't see any genocide or ethnic cleansing.


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Nuns slaughtered by ISIS at charity started by Mother Teresa

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Douglas Ernst (WND) is reporting that a charity started by Mother Teresa of Calcutta came under attack by the Islamic State group yesterday. Witnesses said 4 nuns and 12 employees were shot in the head in Yemen after being placed in handcuffs.

Two gunmen surrounded the building in Aden while four others entered the building, officials speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press.

"On entering inside, [the terrorists] immediately shot dead the gatekeeper and started shooting randomly," said Vikas Swarup, spokesman for India's external affairs ministry, the Guardian reported.

One nun managed to survive by hiding inside a refrigerator within a store room.

Roughly 80 people live at the retirement home, which is run by Missionaries of Charity. The effort was launched in 1998.

Yemen, once touted as a counterterrorism success by Barack Obama, spiraled into chaos in January 2015 after Houthi forces seized the presidential palace in the capital city of San'a. The country's president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled soon afterward.

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"If it can't be reversed, the fall of Yemen takes the Mideast closer to a regional war between radical Sunnis and radical Shiites, with U.S. allies caught in the middle. It's an illusion to think that if we withdraw the carnage will stay over there," the Wall Street Journal warned Jan. 20, 2015.

Bodies from Friday's massacre were eventually retrieved and transferred to a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, Assocoated Press reported.

ISIS and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula currently control large swathes of southern Yemen as an internationally-recognized government attempts to exert its authority. Shiite rebels maintain dominance in the northern half of the region, which has come under constant bombardment by a coalition of Saudi nations.

Roughly 2.4 million people have been displaced and 6,200 civilians killed as a result of Yemen's civil war, Associated Press reported.

I don't expect Barack Obama to be on TV any time soon condemning this atrocity.

What does that tell you about him?



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Obama's spokesman says extermination of Christians by Islamic State is not genocide

Dave Blount (Moonbattery) says that given that the explosive growth of the Islamic State is largely a result of Obama prematurely withdrawing our troops from Iraq, you would think Team Obama would feel obliged to take meaningful action to stop ISIS's well-documented genocide against Christians. Sure enough, Obama spokesweenie Josh Earnest has addressed the issue, putting an end to the genocide by proclaiming that it is not genocide:

Asked whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is practicing genocide in its extermination of Christians in Syria and Iraq, Earnest said: "My understanding is the use of that word involves a very specific legal determination that has at this point not been reached."

In addition to defining the genocide out of existence, Earnest fires off some duckspeak for good measure:

"But we have been quite candid and direct exactly about how ISIL's tactics are worthy of the kind of international, robust response that the international community is leading."

Imagine taking Earnest seriously enough to try to make sense of his insincere blathering. If the "international community is leading," who is it leading? Maybe it's leading Obama, who by "leading from behind" is actually following. But that can't be right, because everyone else says that genocide is genocide:

In March 2015, a report from the United Nations Committee on Human Rights stated: "The acts of violence [by IS in Iraq and Syria] perpetrated against civilians because of their affiliation or perceived affiliation to an ethnic or religious group … may constitute genocide." …

Last December, more than 60 British MPs signed a letter written by Rob Flello MP and Lord Alton. They urged Prime Minister David Cameron to work with the UN to ensure the word "genocide" be used to describe the systematic killing of minority groups, including Christians and Yazidis, throughout Iraq and Syria.

This could explain why they disagree with Josh Earnest:

The 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, says genocide is "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group," including by means of "killing members of the group." …

The ongoing persecution of Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq has seen their numbers drop dramatically. In Iraq, Christians are down to around 300,000 from about 1.4 million in 2003, according to 2015 estimates from a UK-based Catholic NGO. In Syria, there are now just 500,000 Christians, compared to over 1.25 million in 2011.

Christianity, the report states, is on course to disappear from Iraq potentially within five years, and could face the same fate in most Middle Eastern countries.

Before it fell to Muslim invaders from Arabia, the region was mainly Christian. Whatever you want to call it, the Islamic State is putting the finishing touches on a fundamental transformation that was started centuries ago.

No worries -- Josh says it isn't genocide.


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Stilton Jarlsberg says that following his visit to a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday, Barack Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday to prove that, in the best tradition of what makes America great, he can be totally obnoxious no matter which faith he's pandering to.

Last year, Obama used the occasion to attack Christianity for violent acts committed during the Crusades. A sad, blood-soaked period which predated sensible gun control.

This year, Obama chose to describe our nation as one filled with "fear and anger" owing to the harsh voices on the Right, our overreaction to acts of terror, the vertigo-inducing nightmare of income inequality and, just as predicted in the final words of the Book of Revelation, "eroding shorelines."

Be it mosque, church, synagogue, or prayer breakfast, we find it impossible to take Barack Obama's faith or piety seriously. He displayed no interest in Christianity prior to seeking public visibility and political connections through Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church in Chicago -- and later claimed not to have heard or remembered a single (anti-American) sermon in the 20 years he sat in the front pew.

But lest we seem too cynical, Hope n' Change would like to point out that next year's breakfast will be hosted by a different president -- and to us, that's proof that prayers are eventually answered.


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Obama doesn't tell mosque to cover the symbol for Allah like he did for the symbol for Jesus at Catholic university

P.W. Adams (ProgressivesToday) says that if there was one word which could describe Barack Obama's reign (aside from failure, progressive hell, and nightmare) it would be anti-Christian. From declaring that the United States is no longer a Christian nation to denying Syrian Christians entry into the country Obama's distaste for the followers of Jesus are as obvious as the nose on your face, but with less than a year left, Obama hasn't given up on dissing Christians at every opportunity.

For example, Obama gave a speech at a mosque belonging to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday. While standing in front of a glass wall where the word "Allah" was written 99 times in Arabic calligraphy, Obama took a stab at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump by stating there was "inexcusable anti-Islamic rhetoric in the political sphere."

The White House staff were even gifted Qurans at the event:

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What makes this entire event a slap in the face to Christians is that while giving a speech at Georgetown University in 2012 the White House told the Catholic university to cover up all religious signs and symbols, including the small letters IHS displayed inside the triangular pediment directly behind and above where Obama would stand -- since the 3 letters signify the name of Jesus Christ:

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So it should now be obvious to everyone that Barack Obama does indeed have a double standard when it comes to religions. Because if you're a Christian organization you better cover up anything referring to Christ, even if it's just 3 small letters, if you want Barack Hussein Obama to give a speech.

But if you're of the Muslim faith it's ok to have a word wall with "Allah" written 99 times in large Arabic symbols directly behind where Obama is speaking.

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Because as we all know, Obama's America is no longer a Christian nation -- that is, not if he has anything to say about it.



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Obama's evil disregard of genocide

S. Noble says Barack Obama will never recognize the genocide of Christians and the eradication of Christianity in the very lands where it was born.

Nothing gets in the way of Obama's fundamental transformation of the United States or of his bias against Christians. He might declare Yezidis a minority suffering the genocidal wrath of the radical Islamists, but not if it means he also has to include Christians. He's still fighting the Crusades on the side of the radical Muslims of the time.

The horror that Christians face in no way reaches the heart of the narcissistic Marxist in the White House.

Sister Ban Saeed spoke about the horror Christians face with Carol Costello of CNN. They spoke about the genocide Obama ignores. The most Obama will say is more Muslims are killed by ISIS.

The smallest children want to fight ISIS so they can go home.

COSTELLO (voice-over): "What is happening to Christians in Pope Francis' words is genocide. Thousands displaced by ISIS, their lives forever changed. you can see in this child's face in a refugee camp under Kurdish control, see it in a play put on by refugee Christian actors who share a community's grief on stage. I talked with Sister Ban over the internet. Can you still hear me? A Dominican nun caring for Christian children at this refugee camp. The connection was tenuous, but we managed. Sister, how do you explain ISIS to the children?"

SAEED: "They understand to be very, very dangerous, they would say they would like to be an Assad soldier to find ISIS and we can go back to our home."

COSTELLO: "So everyone even the smallest children want to fight ISIS soldiers?"

SAEED: "Yes, the four to five years children."

They were middle class people living normal lives. They lost everything and ran for their lives. They now live in shipping containers as refugees.

COSTELLLO: "Millions of people of various religions have fled, among them hundreds of thousands of Christians from Syria and Iraq. Sister Donna is president of catholic charities USA.

MARKHAM: "August of 2014, August 6 to be precise, ISIS came in and all of the Christians were essentially evicted from their homes. So their contents, their schools, their hospitals, their everything, their mother house, everything was lost. So she left with they left with the closes on their backs and ran from their lives."

COSTELLLO: "They ran from their happy lives, nuns ran from their convent to a refugee camp. they now live in shipping containers, electricity goes in and out. food is scarce. but they have no choice."

It's interesting that they want to go home. They are not looking to come to the US. We need to secure safe zones for these people.

Watch:

Barack Obama lives as a king lives. He is spending millions on vacation in Hawaii without any hesitation. He could care loss that these people have lost their dignity. He certainly holds Christians in no regard.

According to figures obtained by Judicial Watch, over the past three years, Obama's Hawaii Christmas vacations alone have cost taxpayers $15,540,515.10 just in transportation expenses. This includes outbound and return flight expenses in 2012 totaling $4,086,355.20.

The Obamas Ireland trip cost $7,921,638.66.

See the extensive list at Judicial Watch.

The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the "most well-traveled, expensive" president in our nation's history, the Daily Caller reported.

He has the audacity to transform our country into his socialist/communist vision while ignoring foreign policy completely. At the same time he demands we give up our lifestyles and cut back on energy, he is living decadently and flying around on gas-guzzling planes.

Meanwhile, his incompetence has caused a mass movement of people who are escaping the disaster he helped create.


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"How much longer will you remain appallingly silent"

Michael W. Chapman is reporting that in a video address to Barack Obama, House Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) reminded the president about the brutal persecution of Christians, Yazidis, and other religious groups by the Islamic State, questioned why Obama has been so "appallingly silent" on the issue, and added that Obama's refusal to name these groups as "genocide victims" would be "one of the most disgraceful chapters in your administration's shameful and abhorrent response to the Islamic State." Franks said:

"Mr. President, it has now been more than a year since the Islamic State drove hundreds of thousands of Christians from the land of their spiritual heritage in Iraq and Syria. This year, the joy of Christmas will not be celebrated in the churches and places of worship that Christians have cherished there for thousands of years."

"Instead, they will observe this sacred holiday under the constant threat of being hunted down and slaughtered by terrorists simply because they're Christians. You are and have been fully aware that Christians, along with Yazidis, and other religious communities have been subjected to extreme brutality and barbaric attacks that should justly be considered and condemned as genocide."

"And yet, Mr. President, I am dumbfounded by recent reports which suggest that your administration may exclude Christians and other religious communities from the designation of genocide victims at the hands of the Islamic State.

"Sir, how much longer will you remain appallingly silent on the plight of persecuted Christians caught in this wake of unimaginable horror?"

"Your refusal to acknowledge and specifically name Christians, along with Yazidis and other religious communities in a designation of genocide would be one of the most disgraceful chapters in your administration's shameful and abhorrent response to the Islamic State."

"In the Name of God, humanity, and Christmas, Mr. President, please do not continue to stand by and let this evil relentlessly proceed."


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Only one Christian has been admitted into U. S. as a "refugee" since the Paris terror attacks

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John Binder is reporting that while Muslims are able to flow into  the country by the hundreds, Christian refugees have been largely ignored.

CNS News reports:

Since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the United States -- 236 Sunni Muslims and 1 Christian (0.4 percent), according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.

The Christian, a Greek Orthodox individual, is the sole non-Sunni Muslim admitted to the U.S. since the attack, which fueled concerns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) may move terrorists into Western nations under the cover of refugee resettlement programs.

Why doesn't Obama let Christians into the country too? Where's the equity?


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Genocide!

Ralph Sidway says while I prefer to speak of our age as the New Era of Christian Martyrdom, by the secular definition, the global Muslim persecution of Christians, especially that perpetrated by the Islamic State in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, clearly should be classified as genocide.

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Observers have been calling it genocide for years now, including the highly respected Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), head of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, and Pope Francis I of Rome.

Now the issue is front and center in a unique way, as the U.S State Department is set to release its findings on whether ISIS is indeed committing genocide against minority groups in the Middle East. This report will influence U.S. policy on everything from refugee issues, to immigration, to the war against ISIS, to aid to Middle East and African nations, and so on.

Kirsten Powers, in an important article in USA Today, emphasizes the urgency of the genocide ruling:

Invoking the "G word" to recognize this fact is not just a matter of semantics. "Groups that have been designated as genocide victims are much more likely to receive military protection, including arming and training their militias for self-defense, which is always the best defense against genocide," Gregory Stanton, the former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, told me. "Members of such groups are also much more likely to receive preferential treatment as bona fide refugees under the U.N. convention and protocols on the status of refugees."

An article in CRUX sets out the concerns many Christians have that the Obama administration is preparing to exclude Christians from its category of groups suffering genocide:

A group of 30 Christian leaders, including Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, has asked for a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in advance of the State Department's declaration of genocides taking place around the world.

The group believes Middle East Christians should be included in any listing of genocide victims based on their treatment by the Islamic State, commonly called ISIS.

"We recently learned that a State Department finding is imminent that ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis," an Iraqi ethnic group that traces its origins to biblical times, said the Dec. 4 letter to Kerry. "We would wholeheartedly endorse that finding, but we are deeply troubled by the prospect that the department's statement will either omit or reserve judgment on whether ISIS is committing genocide against Christians" in the Nineveh area since summer 2014.

The State Department seems to be paving the way for exclusion of Christians from its findings through a series of statements and press reports. The CRUX article continues:

One reason given for the State Department not counting Christians as genocide victims, according to the letter, is that it "lacks sufficient information about the experience of the Christian communities in Nineveh during that time to conclude that genocide took place." […]

Another reason is a press report indicating that "unlike Yazidis, ISIS gives Christians a 'choice': They can convert to Islam, pay an Islamic tax, or be killed, enslaved, tortured, or held hostage. The implication is that ISIS abides by traditional Islamic sharia, under which other 'people of the book' -- Christians and Jews -- pay a tax in exchange for protection by their Muslim rulers," the letter said. "We would like the opportunity to explain why this is emphatically not the case."

Note the naked hypocrisy here. The Obama administration steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the Islamic State as "Islamic," yet when it comes to the question of whether ISIS is committing genocide against Christians, the State Department presents ISIS' application of the terms of the dhimma contract in offering Christians the classic three choices mandated by Islamic law, as evidence that ISIS is not committing genocide against Christians, but showing them tolerance.

Only the devil himself would make such an argument.

The letter from the Christian leaders goes on to say:

"The world recoiled when it learned that ISIS jihadis had stamped Christian homes in Mosul with the red letter ‘N' for "Nazarene" in summer 2014, but the elimination of Christians in other towns and cities in Iraq and Syria began long beforehand. ISIS genocidal campaign against Christians continues today, with hundreds of Christians remaining in ISIS captivity, and with summary executions, including by beheadings and crucifixions, occurring as recently as only a few months ago."

It added, "Pope Francis has called ISIS' crimes against Christians by their proper name: ‘genocide.' The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Christian leaders in the Middle East have done so as well. We agree, and are hopeful that, once you have seen the evidence, you will, too."

In arguing for a meeting, the letter said it was "critically important that the State Department consider the best available evidence before making any official pronouncement that rejects allegations that Christian are, along with Yazidis, targets of ongoing genocidal acts."

In a similar effort reported on by the Daily Signal, a conference of academic, religious and media experts urged Secretary of State John Kerry to include Christians in the genocide ruling:

Last week, at a panel organized by The Heritage Foundation to discuss modern Christian martyrs, academic, religious, and media leaders discussed the persecution–as well as the inattention being paid to the issue by developed nations including the United States.

"I am always struck by how utterly abandoned the patriarchs and church leaders [in the Middle East] whose lives are on the line every day … how utterly abandoned they feel by the West, and particularly the United States," said Kathryn Jean Lopez, a senior fellow with the National Review Institute and one of the event's co-hosts.

According to recent estimates, the Christian population in Iraq has dropped to roughly 260,000, down from 1.5 million a decade ago.

The shift likely reflects continuing forced expulsions of Christians from northern Iraq and Syria, as well as abductions and murders by extremist leaders who, earlier this year, declared the coexistence of Muslims with Jews and Christians impossible according to the Quran.

"Forcing a population to leave [its homeland] is one of the five tests, and they don't all need to be met, but it's one of the tests for genocide," said Patrick E. Kelly, executive director of the St. John Paul II National Shrine and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Kelly was referring to the five tenets of qualifying characteristics that constitute Article II of the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention definition of genocide.

Those qualifying characteristics include murder, causing serious harm, imposing conditions of life that attempt to destroy, preventing births, and forcibly transferring children outside a specific national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.

"I think we have a tendency to think governments always know what's going on on the ground," Kelly continued. "They don't always have the best information. But churches often do, because of the grassroots, with-the-people nature of parishes and ministries. If governments say they don't have the evidence, they can do more to get the evidence, but they should be listening to the faith communities as well."

As of this week, according to sources, the State Department does not plan to include Christians in a statement to be released on the status of victims of ISIS-inflicted genocide in the region. The statement will include Yazidis, the Kurdish religious minority.

Carey Lodge, writing in Christianity Today, reports on the efforts of the European Syriac Union (ESU) to influence the Obama State Department's findings:

"It is our moral and historical duty" to acknowledge that "Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people face another genocide in the Middle East and existential threat," a statement from the ESU said.

"Commemoration of Victims of Genocides and Crimes against Humanity is [an] essential responsibility to the humanity and international community. Commemoration [of] past atrocities around the world is [a] strong sign of remembrance of the victims and solidarity with the current threatened groups, ethnic and religious communities."

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday called for groups systematically persecuted by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — Christians, Yazidis, Shi'as, Turkmen and Shabaks — to be recognised as victims of genocide.

"The hallmark of genocide is the intent to destroy a national, racial, ethnic, or religious group, in whole or in part," said USCIRF chairman Robert George.

"ISIL's intent to destroy religious groups that do not subscribe to its extremist ideology in the areas in Iraq and Syria that it controls, or seeks to control, is evident in, not only its barbarous acts, but also its own propaganda."

The population of Christians in the Middle East has fallen "in an incessant way" over recent years, the ESU said.

The fall of Mosul, once considered the heartland of Iraq's Christian population, and the occupation of the Ninevah plains by ISIS has led to a mass exodus of Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian people, the union added. They face "annihilation and destruction" under ISIS, it said…

In a statement to Christian Today, spokesman for the ESU David Vergili said:

"Christians face another genocide with a non state actor which aggravate and complex the situation. In this regards, the rapid action by the international community is vital in order to stop metastasising of the harm inflicted in these ancient communities.

Although the U.S. State Department has been seeding its reasons for probable exclusion of Christians from the genocide ruling through its various statements, they are not fooling anyone. Some Christian leaders, such as Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat of Michigan, sharply criticize the Obama administration for its persistent refusal to acknowledge Muslim genocide of Christians:

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church for Michigan and the eastern half of the U.S. sharply criticized the Obama administration Wednesday, saying it has largely ignored the suffering of Christians displaced by war in Syria and Iraq and should do more to protect and resettle them.

Testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee, Bishop Francis Kalabat of Southfield said while the State Department may soon declare that the Yazidi people, a religious minority in Iraq, face genocide at the hands of the Islamic State or ISIS, it leaves unaddressed problems faced by other religious minorities.

"There are more than 150,000 Iraqi Christians who are now displaced in northern Iraq or are refugees in other countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey," Kalabat said. "There are countless Christian villages in Syria that have been taken over by ISIS and have encountered genocide, and the Obama administration refuses to recognize their plight. … I say, shame on you."

Most likely, the Obama administration will not label Muslim persecution of Christians genocide, as it would be in direct conflict with Obama's narrative, that there is nothing inherently Islamic about the Islamic State. Admit genocide against the Yazidis, by all means. Give up a few points there to provide the appearance of action and toughness. But to acknowledge that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians would be to admit that there is a specifically religious dimension to the persecution, thus immediately bringing Islam itself under even greater scrutiny.

Too late, Obama. More and more people are waking up and coming to realize that there is something very dark and sinister at the core of Islam.

Islam is the problem. It mandates jihad and persecution against Christians, Jews and all non-Muslims. The Koran says what it means and means what it says:

"Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth [i.e. Islam] among the people of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (Sura 9:29)

Why don't you repent, Obama and Kerry, and join us? Call Muslim persecution of Christians by its name: Genocide. Your conscience will thank you for it. So will Christians the world over.

The Islamic State will continue committing genocide regardless of what you do -- unless Putin stops them.


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Patrick Goodenough is reporting that since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the United States -- 236 Sunni Muslims and one Christian (0.4 percent), according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.

The Christian, a Greek Orthodox individual, is the sole non-Sunni Muslim admitted to the U.S. since the attack, which has fueled concerns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) may move terrorists into Western nations under the cover of refugee resettlement programs.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Christians accounted for an estimated 10 percent of the Syrian population and Sunni Muslims for an estimated 74 percent when the conflict began in early 2011.

Of the 237 Syrian refugees permitted to resettle in the U.S. since November 13, 123 are male, 114 are female. Of the 237, 65 (27.4 percent) are men between the ages of 14 and 50, while 55 (23.2 percent) are women aged 14-50.

Another 107 (45.1 percent) are children aged under 14, of whom 54 are males and 53 females.

Obama plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. during fiscal year 2016. Since FY2016 began on October 1, a total of 528 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the U.S. They comprise 522 (98.8 percent) Sunni Muslims and six Christians -- three Catholic, one Orthodox, one Greek Orthodox and one simply described as "Christian."

According to Refugee Processing Center data, 137 of the 528 (25.9 percent) admitted since Oct. 1 are men aged between 14 and 50; 117 (22.1 percent) are women aged 14-50; 250 (47.3 percent) are children, of whom 132 are boys and 118 are girls; and 24 (4.5 percent) are older than 50, of whom 12 are men and 12 women.

Since the Syrian civil war began in mid-March 2011, a total of 2,401 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the U.S.  Of those, 2,241 (93.3 percent) were Sunni Muslims, an additional 60 were described simply as "Moslem," and 13 were Shia.

Only 54 (2.2 percent) were Christian (including five Orthodox, one Greek Orthodox and four Catholics). The remaining religious breakdown was eight Jehovah's Witness, six Zoroastrians, three atheists, two Baha'i, one Yazidi, seven "no religion" and six "other religion."

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Why Obama's government imports Muslims rather than oppressed Christians from Syria

Dave Blount says if you thought helping the desperately oppressed had anything to do with the importation of Muslim "refugees" through Syria, read this:

According to data by the State Department, the country has already accepted 2,184 Syrian refugees since 2011.

Of that number, 96 percent are Muslims, while only 2.4 percent are Christians. Syria's population breakdown in 2011 consisted of 90 percent Muslim and 10 percent Christian.

There is no more persecuted group in the world than Christians trapped in areas controlled by the Islamic State. Children are crucified or buried alive for the faith of their parents. Yet our government's emphasis is to import Muslims who are not particularly threatened and who have already made it safely to Turkey.

Why?

Much like the country's immigration system, the refugee process highly favors individuals who come from polar opposite mindsets and polar opposite cultures.

It is no accident that, in stark contrast to the policy back when America was a successful melting pot, those least likely to assimilate are given priority. This is applied cultural Marxism, which calls for playing off perpetually aggrieved minority groups against the core population.

If unassimilable is good, downright hostile is even better:

Since the 9/11 attacks, the country has taken in 1.6 million immigrants from predominately Muslim countries. That is double the amount of Muslim immigrants that the country was taking in before 9/11.

Not all of the bureaucrats involved see the bigger picture of the destruction of American society. Some just want more votes:

The purposeful changing tide of favoring Muslims over Christians may largely have to do with the fact that Christians generally vote Republican and Muslims heavily vote for Democrats.

In a new Pew Research Center, some 69 percent of white Christians relate or are affiliated with the GOP.

In sharp contrast,

Back in 2012, a study conducted by Wenzel Strategies found that a whopping 72 percent of American Muslims said they were "definitely" supporting Obama in his re-election. Only 11 percent said they were voting for the Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

In a functioning Republic, if the voters don't like those running the government, they replace their representatives. In what America has become, it works the other way around; the government is replacing the voters.

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VA bans "Merry Christmas" and Christmas Trees

Andrew Spalding says Team Obama's anti-Christian agenda has officially gone WAY too far!

Barack Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs has banned employees at its facility in Salem, Virginia, from saying "Merry Christmas" to veterans.

According to WSLS10:

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The "Executive Leadership Team" at the Salem VA Medical Center banned Christmas trees, as well as other Christian speech and celebrations.

…Public areas may only be decorated in a manner that is celebratory of the winter season. Displays must not promote any religion. Please note that trees (regardless of the types of ornaments used) have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year.

In other words, an employee could be punished for wishing “Merry Christmas” to a veteran in the lobby or any other public area.

The email also bars Christmas music, saying that if a supervisor has allowed an employee to have music in his workspace, such music must "be secular (non-religious)."


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Obama love jihadis -- Christians? -- not so much

Raymond Ibrahim says Barack Obama recently lashed out against the idea of giving preference to Christian refugees, describing it as "shameful."  "That's not American.  That's not who we are.  We don't have religious tests to our compassion," loftily added the American president.

Accordingly, the administration is still determined to accept 10,000 more Syrian refugees, almost all of whom will be Muslim, despite the fact that some are ISIS operatives, while many share the ISIS worldview (as explained below).

Yet right as Obama was grandstanding about "who we are," statistics were released indicating that "the current [refugee] system overwhelmingly favors Muslim refugees. Of the 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far, only 53 are Christians while 2,098 are Muslim."

Aside from the obvious -- or, to use Obama's own word, "shameful" -- pro-Muslim, anti-Christian bias evident in these statistics, there are a number of other troubling factors.

For starters, the overwhelming majority of "refugees" being brought into the United States are not just Muslim, but Sunnis -- the one Muslim sect that the Islamic State is not persecuting and displacing.  After all, ISIS -- and most Islamic terrorist groups (Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Hamas, et al.) -- are all Sunnis.  Even Obama was arguably raised a Sunni.

In this context, how are Sunnis "refugees"?  Whom are they fleeing?  Considering that the Obama administration defines refugees as people "persecuted by their government," most of those coming into the U.S. either aided or at least sympathized with the jihad against Assad (even if they revealed their true colors only when the time was right).

Simply put, some 98% of all refugees belong to the same Islamic sect as ISIS does.  And many of them, unsurprisingly, share the same vision -- such as the "refugees" who recently murdered some 120 people in France, or the "refugees" who persecute Christian minorities in European camps and settlements.  (Al Azhar -- the Sunni world's most prestigious university of Islamic law, which co-hosted U.S. President Obama's 2009 "A New Beginning" speech -- was just recently exposed as teaching and legitimizing all the atrocities that ISIS commits.)

As for those who are being raped, slaughtered, and enslaved based on their non-Sunni religious identity -- not by Assad, but by so-called "rebel" forces (aka jihadis) -- many of them are being denied refuge in America.

Thus, although Christians were approximately 10 percent of Syria's population in 2011, only one percent has been granted refuge in America.  This despite the fact that, from a strictly humanitarian point of view -- and humanitarianism (Obama's "compassion") is the chief reason being cited in accepting refugees -- Christians should receive priority simply because they are the most persecuted group in the Middle East

At the hands of the Islamic State, which supposedly precipitated the migrant crisis, Christians have been repeatedly forced to renounce Christ or die; they have been enslaved and raped; and they have had more than 400 of their churches desecrated and destroyed.1 

ISIS has committed no such atrocities against fellow Sunnis, they who are being accepted into the U.S. in droves.  Nor does Assad enslave, behead, or crucify people based on their religious identity (despite Jeb Bush's recent, and absurd, assertions).

Obama should further prioritize Christian refugees simply because his own policies in the Middle East have directly exacerbated their plight.  Christians and other religions minorities did not flee from Bashar Assad's Syria, Saddam Hussein's Iraq, or Moammar Gaddafi's Libya.  Their systematic persecution began only after the U.S. interfered in those nations in the name of "democracy," succeeding only in uncorking the jihadi terrorists whom the dictators had long kept suppressed.

Incidentally, prioritizing Christian refugees would not merely be an altruistic gesture or the U.S. government's way of righting its wrongs: rather, it brings many benefits to America's security.  (Unlike Muslims or even Yazidis, Christians are easily assimilated into Western nations due to the shared Christian heritage, and they bring trustworthy language and cultural skills that are beneficial to the "war on terror.") 

Finally, no one should be shocked by these recent revelations of the Obama administration's pro-Muslim and anti-Christian policies.  They fit a clear and established pattern of religious bias within his administration.  For example:

Most recently, as the White House works on releasing a statement accusing ISIS of committing genocide against religious minorities such as Yazidis -- who are named and recognized in the statement -- Obama officials are arguing that Christians "do not appear to meet the high bar set out in the genocide treaty" and thus likely will not be mentioned.

In short, and to use the president's own words, it is the Obama administration's own foreign and domestic policies that are "shameful," that are "not American," and that do not represent "who we are." 

Yet the question remains: will Americans take notice and do anything about their leader's policies -- which welcome Islamic jihadis while ignoring their victims -- or will their indifference continue until they too become victims of the jihad, in a repeat of Paris or worse?

1 Even before the new "caliphate" was established, Christians were and continue to be targeted by Muslims -- Muslim mobs, Muslim individuals, Muslim regimes, and Muslim terrorists, from Muslim countries of all races (Arab, African, Asian, etc.) -- and for the same reason: Christians are infidel number one.  See Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians for hundreds of anecdotes before the rise of ISIS as well as the Muslim doctrines that create such hate and contempt for Christians who are especially deserving of refugee status.


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Raymond Ibrahim is reporting that in recent months, Mideast Christians have been forming militias to fight the Islamic State (IS) and other jihadi groups in both Iraq and Syria -- even as the Obama administration -- that has been arming the "opposition" -- refuses to arm them.

In Iraq, some of the few remaining Assyrian Christians have formed militias under the name Dwekh Nawsha (literally meaning "self-sacrifice" in Christ's native tongue of Aramaic).  Most of these fighters are from among those Christians displaced from the Ninevah Plain due to the atrocities committed by IS and are on the frontlines fighting the jihadis.

They were formed soon after the U.S.-supported Kurdish Peshmerga, which is leading the fight against IS in the region, retreated from many Christian villages without a struggle last summer, declining to protect them from the IS advance which led to the usual atrocities.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, "Christians have taken up arms because they want to protect their own land, and many no longer trust the Kurds to do it for them." Indeed, the Kurds, including the Peshmerga, have been known to abuse and even persecute Christians.  Like IS, Kurds are Sunni Muslims too.

"We will stay here, and Christians will protect Christians. Not Arabs or Kurds protecting us, but Christians," said local commander Fouad Masaoud Gorgees.

In neighboring Syria, approximately 500 Syriac Christian fighters recently assembled and managed to prevent the Islamic State from entering the ancient Christian settlement of Sadad.  But on October 30, IS captured a town less than five miles away, leaving Sadad vulnerable to continued assaults.

Even the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox church, Ignatius Aphrem II, traveled to Sadad to boost the morale of Christian defenders.  Said Aphrem:

It was emotional but it was also very encouraging to see our young people determined to defend their land and stay in their homeland.  To see them ready to fight and to sacrifice for their land, I think that's what's very meaningful, that made me very proud of them.

There's a reason why Christians are frantically trying to save Sadad from the clutches of IS.  As one Syriac Christian fighter put it, Sadad "is a symbolic place for us and we will not allow it to fall again."

He is referring to the events of October 2013, when the U.S.-supported Free Syrian Army -- widely touted as moderate but in fact working with al-Qaeda's Al Nusra Front -- captured the town.  They made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they killed, the "dogs of Assad" -- "dog" being an ancient Islamic epithet for Christians -- while shouting Islam's victory-cry, "Allahu Akbar" (which John McCain equates to a Christian saying "thank God") and praise for the Free Syrian Army.

During their one week occupation of Sadad, the moderate/radical coalition tortured, raped, and murdered 45 Christians; the bodies of six people from one family alone, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for "subhuman" Christians).

At the time, Syriac Archbishop Selwanos Boutros called it Syria's "largest massacre of Christians."  Even so, this massacre was wholly ignored by the Obama administration and so-called mainstream media in an effort to maintain the narrative that the Free Syrian Army was "moderate."

Concerning the Sadad massacres, the archbishop had asked in 2013:

We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?

As persecuted Mideast Christians have well learned since, most Western governments -- the Obama administration at their head -- could care less about their fate.  They care only about one thing:  overthrowing Assad -- at any cost, including by directly or indirectly arming the Islamic terrorists that persecute Christians in horrific ways, including slaughtering those who refuse to renounce Christ for Muhammad.

Yet truly "moderate" Christian militias fighting the Islamic State are denied arms from Washington: "Lobbyists in D.C. are blocking weapons and equipment from reaching Dwekh Nawsha, the Christian militia force that has been fighting ISIS in Iraq's Assyrian Nineveh plains."

Retired Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, an Iraq war veteran who served 20 years in the army, says: "As much as you're giving money to all these individuals who are killing each other [the "moderate" terrorists, Kurds, etc.], why don't you try to give it to the Assyrians?"….  Currently, their [Christians'] lack of resources prevents them from launching an offensive."  U.S. funding, training, and equipment would allow these Christian militias to take the fight to IS, added Sangari.

Of course, all of this assumes that U.S. leadership actually wants the Islamic State and other "moderate" jihadis to be defeated in an offensive by anyone -- a dubious assumption.

Still, persecuted Christian pleas have not totally fallen on deaf ears.  A few Western Christians, mostly Americans, have traveled to the Middle East to help the indigenous Christians fight the jihadis.

Seeing their governments, which possess the military capability to annihilate the Islamic State, do next to nothing -- not even help arm Christians -- against IS, these Western Christians have decided to take it on themselves to fight the good fight on behalf of the weak and oppressed.

Brett Felton, a former American soldier who once served in Iraq, now sees himself as a "soldier of Christ" and has returned to help train Dwekh Nawsha against IS.

According to the 28-year-old, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. But here we're actually fighting for the freedom of the people … to be able to live without persecution, to keep the church bells ringing."

U.S. vet Jordan Matson, who has the words "Christ is Lord" inscribed in his vest, said: "I decided that if our government wasn't going to do anything about it, I would… We're getting shot at [by IS/jihadis] on pretty much a daily basis….  We don't have the technology that the United States military has to push our enemies away."

First the Christians of Iraq and then Syria implored the West for help against the Islamic persecutors that the United States unleashed by overthrowing secular strongman Saddam Hussein and now against Bashar Assad.

Brutally persecuted Christians were totally ignored by both government and media -- even as Obama and media now try to pull on the heartstrings of Americans to accept tens and hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

Then Christians implored the Obama administration to simply stop arming their persecutors.  When that too fell on deaf ears, vastly outnumbered and underequipped Christians gathered to fight the Islamic State head on, hoping the U.S., which showers the "opposition" with weapons, would help equip them against IS.

No such luck.  As a result, a few Western Christians who believe in religious freedom are risking their personal lives to help their Mideast brothers against the scourge of "ISIS."

In light of all this, to still fail to understand which "side" U.S. leadership is on -- they currently claim to be on the side of "democracy," "freedom," and "human rights" -- is to be beyond naïve.



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The first Muslim says "It's shameful to say we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims"

Melanie Hunter is reporting that Barack Obama, speaking from the G20 Summit in Turkey on Monday, said it was "shameful" that some political leaders are suggesting the U.S. should only admit Christian and not Muslim Syrian refugees.

"When I hear folks say that, well maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who's fleeing from a war torn country is admitted, when some of the those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that's shameful," Obama said.

"That's not American. That's not who we are. We don't have religious tests to our compassion."

Obama just admitted 1,500 Muslims into the United States. He plans to import another 10,000 next year and eventually 180,000.

Do you know how many Christians have been admitted to the United States in the last 5 years from Syria?

53! 

That's 10 per year.

Obama continues to demonstrate by his actions that he is unusually sympathetic towards Islam and Muslims and unusually hostile to Christianity and Christians.

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The National Review is reporting that 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.


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Raymond Ibrahim says wherever U.S. leadership has helped Islamic jihadis topple secular autocrats in the name of "democracy and freedom," indigenous Christian minorities are being forced to convert to Islam or die.

Many are accepting death -- and Barack Obama has never said a word about this genocide.

Most recently, on August 28 near Aleppo, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for saying "they would never renounce Christ" for Muhammad.

The jihadis took one group in front of a large crowd.  They cut off the fingertips of a 12-year-old boy, who steadfastly refused to submit to Islam.  They "severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam."  He refused, so they "also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion."

According to a Christian leader associated with the martyrs, "They were left on their crosses for two days. No one was allowed to remove them."  A sign saying "infidels" was placed next to their crosses.

The other eight Christians, including two women aged 29 and 33, were also ordered to renounce Christ and embrace Islam before a large crowd.  They refused:

The Islamic extremists then publicly raped the women, who continued to pray during the ordeal, leading the ISIS militants to beat them all the more furiously.

As the two women and the six men knelt before they were beheaded, they were all praying.

"Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord's prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus," the ministry director said. "One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, 'Jesus!'"

After they were beheaded, their bodies were hung on crosses, the ministry director said, his voice breaking.

The same is happening in the two other Arab nations where the U.S., under the pretext of "freedom and democracy," overthrew the secular dictators who had long kept a lid on the jihadis: Iraq and Libya.

Late last year, Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," recounted the horrific atrocities Christians in Iraq are suffering -- including seeing their children chopped in half for refusing to embrace Islam.  One of his anecdotes follows:

ISIS turned up and they said to the [Christian] children, "You say the words [shehada, convert to Islam], that you will follow Muhammad."  And the children, all under 15, four of them, they said, "No, we love Jesus.  We have always loved Jesus.  We have always followed Jesus.  Jesus has always been with us."  They [ISIS] said, "Say the words!"  They [children] said, "No, we can't."  [White starts sobbing] They chopped all their heads off.  How do you respond to that?  You just cry.  They're my children.   That is what we have been going through.  That is what we are going through.

It should be noted that the targeting of Christian children in Iraq goes back soon after the ousting of Saddam Hussein.  In June 2008, a Canadian parliamentary committee heard about how "militant Muslims" were crucifying Christian children: "Since the war began in 2003, about 12 children, many as young as 10, have been kidnapped and killed, then nailed to makeshift crosses near their homes to terrify and torment their parents."

In one of his Facebook postings, White, who regularly posted pictures of Christian martyrs, wrote:

Today's Pictures are too awful to show.  You know I love to show photos but the photo I was sent today was the most awful I have ever seen.  A family of 8 all shot through the face laying in a pool of blood with their Bible open on the couch. They would not convert it cost them their life.

White also told of how Islamic State members came to a Christian man saying, "Either you convert to Islam or we kill all your children."  The desperate father declared the words, the shehada, that "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah," thus becoming a Muslim.

Contrite at heart, he phoned White crying, "Father, father, I said the words! Does that mean Jesus doesn't love me anymore?  I've always loved Jesus but I said those words because I couldn't see my children being killed!"

White responded: "No Elias, Jesus still loves you -- he will always love you."

Aside from the numerous historic accounts of Christians slaughtered for refusing to renounce Christ for Muhammad -- whether 100,000 Georgians beheaded or burned alive, or a "mere" 813 Italians decapitated -- even in the very details, precedents abound: for example, remorse at converting out of fear.  Consider the following account from Medieval Egypt:

In 1389, a great procession of Copts who had accepted Muhammad under fear of death, marched through Cairo.  Repenting of their apostasy, they now wished to atone for it by the inevitable consequence of returning to Christianity. So as they marched, they announced that they believed in Christ and renounced Muhammad. They were seized and all the men were beheaded one after another in an open square before the women. But this did not terrify the women; so they, too, were all martyred (Crucified Again, pgs. 113-114).

Speaking of Egyptian martyrs, we come to the third "liberated" Arab nation where Christians are now being put to the sword for refusing to renounce Christ: Libya.

Earlier this year, the Islamic State released a video depicting 21 Egyptian Christians being decapitated in Libya.  While holding their victims' bodies down, Islamic State members shoved their fingers in the Christians' eyes, craned their heads back, and sliced away at their throats with knives.  As with the recent public rape, beheading, and crucifixion of those 12 Christians near Aleppo, some of the Egyptian Copts were also seen praying to Christ.  One Coptic priest later described the scene as follows:

The name of Jesus was their last word….  With that name, whispered at the very last, their martyrdom was sealed.

Over one month before the video appeared, the BBC had falsely reported that the majority of those now slaughtered Copts were "released."  Sadly, such downplaying of Muslim persecution of Christians is standard for the BBC.

When the Islamic State released another video in April of more Christians in Libya being massacred, a masked IS spokesman addressed "Christians everywhere":

We say to Christians everywhere, the Islamic State will expand, with Allah's permission.  And it will reach you even if you are in fortified strongholds. So whoever enters Islam will have security…. But whoever refuses will see nothing from us but the edge of a spear. The men will be killed and the children will be enslaved, and their wealth will be taken as booty. This is the judgment of Allah and His Messenger.

The next scene portrays captive Ethiopian Christians being shot in the back of the head or having their heads carved off.

The ongoing slaughter of Christians by the Islamic State and the destruction of churches and antiquities must be laid at the feet of those Western nations that, intentionally or unintentionally, paved the way for the Islamic State.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said before the United Nations, while addressing those nations that supported the "Arab Spring," chief among them America:

Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster -- and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life.  I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?

Whether they realize it or not, they continue to do it in Syria -- with Christians paying the highest price.

Aside from the Islamic State's slaughter of Christians who refuse to convert to Islam, Muslim individuals, mobs, terrorists, and governments all around the world have been known to try to force Christians to convert, sometimes on pain of death.  Some anecdotes follow:

  • Palestine: Christians in Gaza protested over the "kidnappings and forced conversions of some former believers to Islam."  The ever-dwindling Christian community banged on a church bell while chanting, "With our spirit, with our blood we will sacrifice ourselves for you, Jesus."
  • Pakistan:  In 2004, a-two-year old child was raped because her Christian father "refused to convert to Islam."  Another "devoted Christian" was butchered by Muslim men "with multiple axe blows [24 per autopsy] for refusing to convert to Islam." In April 2014, A Muslim security guard murdered a Christian worker who refused to convert to Islam.
  • Uganda: After a gang of Muslims brandishing machetes stormed a church during service, hacking one 18-year-old woman to death and leaving three others, including a one-year-old baby, injured, the pastor explained that the attackers belong to a local "group of Muslims" which seeks "to transform [Christian-majority] Uganda into an Islamic nation and would kill anyone who refused to convert."
  • Nigeria: A Christian teenage girl told of how Boko Haram came to her household and slaughtered her father and brother because they refused to convert to Islam.  After abusing her, they tied her up and left her in a state of shock between the two corpses.
  • Bangladesh:  After shutting down the construction of a church, a local government official threatened Christians with eviction from their village unless they renounced their faith and embraced Islam.  Said one of the Christians: "Their threats chilled me to the bone. That is why I pretended to accept Islam, but faith in Christ is the wellspring of my life." Another said: "The chairman is clipping the wings of our faith. I do not know how long we can grin and bear it. We want religious freedom. We want to practice our religion freely."
  • Russia: In Tatarstan, a Muslim-majority republic in Russia, seven churches were burned and "increased pressure on Christians to convert to Islam" was widespread.
  • Uzbekistan: A 26-year-old Christian woman, partially paralyzed from youth, and her elderly mother were violently attacked by invaders who ransacked their home, confiscating "icons, Bibles, religious calendars, and prayer books." At the police department, the paralyzed woman was "offered to convert to Islam." She refused and was accordingly fined almost two years' worth of her wages.

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What if the Oregon shooter had targeted Muslims?

B. Christopher Agee is reporting that after already sparking some criticism for previous remarks regarding the recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson added to the controversy on Tuesday in a Newsmax TV interview.

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Had the gunman targeted Muslims instead of reportedly focusing on Christians, Carson said, Obama's reaction would have been much different. 

"He would have had a seizure over it," the retired neurosurgeon said.

As for Obama's refusal to even address the shooter's apparent anti-Christian motive, Carson concluded that such a reaction is par for the course.

"Remember," Carson added, "he's been very reticent to mention Christians in the Middle East who are being massacred as well."

The fact that Obama "has so much trouble actually articulating the words," he concluded, "does make you wonder a little bit."

As the interview veered away from the massacre's religious aspect, Carson lamented Obama's knee-jerk advocacy of stricter gun control.

"This is not an issue of the gun," he asserted, "it's an issue of the gunman -- and we need to start looking at what are the characteristics of these people."



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Christian persecution, not guns, is the real UCC story

Tyler O'Neil says last Thursday, a lone gunman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, took the lives of nine people. The shooter targeted Christians for death and left non-Christians merely wounded, reports say. Despite this clear anti-Christian bias, President Obama used the occasion to push gun control rather than begin a "national conversation" about hatred toward Christians.

"This is something we should politicize," Obama declared. "It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun."

After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Obama called for a national conversation on race. After the racist massacre of a black Bible-study group in a historic Charleston church earlier this year, politicians, pundits and news outlets universally condemned the Confederate flag when the real culprit was a hateful racist, not the flag itself.

When black Christians are attacked, the discussion is about race. When Christians are attacked only for their faith, the discussion turns to gun control. How does that do justice to such horrific massacres?

Marking Christians for Death

According to witness Anastasia Boylan, the Oregon shooter asked his victims about their faith. To Christians, he said, "Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in just about one second," Boylan reported. "And then he shot and killed them."

Another witness, J.J. Vicari, told the same story. "Vicari said at one point the shooter told people to stand up before asking whether they were Christian or not," NBC reported. "Anyone who responded 'yes' was shot in the head. If they said 'other' or didn't answer, they were shot elsewhere in the body, usually the leg."

As news of the shooting broke, Franklin Graham -- son and heir of evangelist Billy Graham and president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse -- zeroed in on the real culprit behind this vicious attack.

"Persecution and targeting of Christians isn't just in Iran or the Middle East, it's right here in America," Graham declared in a viral Facebook post. "The bold souls of Umpqua Community College who stood up to say they were followers of Jesus Christ were heinously gunned down with no mercy."

Graham finished his brief post with a quote from Jesus, in John 15:18: "If they hate you, remember they hated me before they hated you."

Anti-Christian Bigotry in the United States?

Many have poo-pooed the idea that anything resembling persecution happens in the United States, but this shooting should serve as a wake-up call that many Americans view Christianity -- and religion in general -- as something fundamentally wrong with the world.

"The shooter in Oregon clearly had anti-Christian motives, which I do think are becoming more and more pervasive, especially in highly secular areas such as Oregon," Jay Richards, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and executive editor of The Stream, told PJ Media in an email statement. Richards said that the shooter's anti-Christian motives do not fully explain his actions, but they clearly contributed to his decision to engage in mass murder.

"What fascinates me is less the anti-Christian views of Chris Harper-Mercer than the tacit anti-Christianity of the mainstream media, which can barely manage to mention his Christian views," Richards added. He bemoaned a double-standard in modern media, where attacks on Christians are not remarked upon, but attacks on minorities -- especially Muslims -- are placed front-and-center.

"Just imagine if he had expressed anti-Muslim attitudes, on both social media and in the attacks themselves," Richards argued. Then, "the media would have lit up like a million roman candles reporting on the anti-Muslim attitudes in the U.S."

Richards pointed to "a strange mix of New Atheism and neo-paganism, especially in the Northwest," where he lived for a long time. While the mixture of atheism and spiritualism seems impossible, Richards argued that they fit together well, and offered Carl Sagan as an example.

"My sense is that an evangelistic New Atheism is ultimately an unstable and spiritually arid territory for most people, so that even many atheists inconsistently adopt pagan and pantheistic spiritualities to fill the void," he explained. While the ideas may not be consistent, a "strident anti-Christianity" pervades the movement as a whole, Richards argued.

Phil Cooke, a filmmaker, media consultant and co-founder of Influence Lab, also mentioned the tension between faith and science, exacerbated by the so-called New Atheists, as a cause behind anti-Christian sentiment.

Cooke criticized both Christians and atheists who argue vehemently against one another in scientific debates. "As a result, we criticize, demonize, and berate the other side, when we should be working together to discover the vast mystery of what it is to be human," he told PJ Media in an email statement.


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Why isn't Obama and the progressive Left demanding a "national discussion" on anti-Christian bigotry?

Robert Laurie says if Thursday's victims had been singled out because they were black, every left-wing talking head on the planet would be using the Umpqua Community College shootings as evidence of America's deep-seated racism.

If Thursday's victims had been singled out because they were Muslims, Obama would be blaming America for its xenophobia and anti-Islamic paranoia.

If they'd been targeted because they were Women, Democrat pundits would be screaming about the war on women and the misogyny inherent to our Neanderthal culture.

If they were targeted because they were homosexuals the media would be apoplectic.

Yesterday, though, victims were singled out because they were Christian -- and we haven't heard a peep from the oh-so-compassionate Left.

As the NYPost reports:

[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?' he would ask them, and if you're a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you're a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.' And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.

A Twitter user named @bodhilooney, who said her grandmother was at the scene of the carnage, tweeted that if victims said they were Christian, "then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn't answer, they were shot in the legs.”

Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer's disdain for religion was evident in an online profile, in which he became a member of a "doesn't like organized religion” group on an Internet dating site.

No interest in a "national discussion” about this monster's anti-Christian opinions because, by and large, they share them

Obviously, they're using this horror to advance their goal of disarming law-abiding U.S. citizens. It is, at least in that way, an exploitable tragedy and they have no intention of letting a good crisis go to waste. So before the bodies could be counted, the ghouls were talking gun control.  We even watched as Obama said "this issue should be politicized.”

While it's nice that he's finally admitting his habit of politicizing tragedy, he and his gun control cronies continue to willfully miss the point. They've certainly politicized the tool used in the attack, but the actual issue -- why this keeps happening -- is utterly ignored.

Also ignored are violent crimes -- predominantly in America's inner cities -- that don't serve their exploitation narrative. Chicago's rampant gun crime is always the prime example, given the city's long history of staunch gun control, but you can pick any Democrat-controlled dystopia and make basically the same point.Those crimes don't fit their narrative, so those crimes are largely ignored.

In the specific case of the Oregon shootings, the far Left wants to exploit the crime in an effort to push an anti-gun agenda, but they won't want to talk about the shooter's beliefs and motives. Mostly, that's because they agree with his anti-Christian attitude.

No, I'm not saying they want to kill Christians. I am, however, suggesting that the same kind of anti-Christian bigotry the killer allegedly espoused has become a rallying cry for the disaffected, anti-establishment, radical Left. In short, the base of the Democrat party despises Christianity, its values, and its practice.

So they'll downplay this killer's agenda, and they'll blame the weapon to advance their own.

They have no interest in a "national discussion” about this monster's anti-Christian opinions because, by and large, they share them.

Related:  Tennessee lieutenant governor tells fellow Christians that it's time to buy guns


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Debra Heine is reporting that the Islamic State has managed to destroy two thousand years of Christian civilization in the Middle East in just a couple of years, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters noted on The O'Reilly Factor last week. And he placed the blame squarely on Barack Obama's cowardly, feckless, incompetent foreign policy.

ISIS has been spreading across the Middle East like a plague of locusts, and as they have spread, they have targeted religious minorities, particularly Christians, for destruction. In Syria, tens of thousands of Assyrian Christians have been attacked and displaced.

They are the forgotten refugees.

A Catholic priest who visited Kurdish Iraq last fall described the wounded souls of the Christians who had taken refuge there. They had been forced from their homes in northern Iraq in the summer of 2014.

"Without question, we are talking about genocide here. Genocide is not only when the people are killed, but also when the soul of a people is destroyed. And that is what is happening in Iraq now," Fr. Andrzej Halemba, head of Aid to the Church in Need's Middle East section, said Oct. 28. "It is the most tragic thing that I have ever experienced."

"I have seen people who have been deeply wounded in their soul. In the various crises in this world I have often seen people who have lost everything. But in Iraq there are Christians who have had to leave everything and take flight three or four times. They can see no light at the end of the tunnel."

Last spring, hundreds of Assyrian Christians fled to Lebanon after ISIS jihadists stormed their villages in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakeh.

Members of Lebanon's Assyrian community did their best to welcome the new refugees, but the displacement had left them traumatized.

The group has seized at least 11 of the 33 Assyrian villages in the region, and kidnapped more than 200 members of the ancient Christian sect, which numbered around 30,000 in Syria before the war …

"The villages of Khabur are empty now, there is no one left except some fighters," lamented Chorbishop Yatron Koliana, as he oversaw the distribution at his diocese.

"Our people have experienced a great tragedy in Syria," he added with a sigh, saying that many of the new arrivals were traumatized. "They are depressed. Some of them have chronic illnesses. Their lives are difficult."

"How can we be comfortable, living on aid?" asked 50-year-old Simaan, who fled his village Tal Hormuz.

He railed against what he called international indifference to the plight of Assyrians under attack by ISIS in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

"The whole world, from the UN to the United States and Russia, is responsible," he said angrily. "They (ISIS) have destroyed our whole civilization…and the world is watching."

In July, 4,000 more Assyrian Christian families were among the 120,000 people who fled Hasakeh to escape ISIS forces who had entered the city looking to carry out a mass ethno-religious slaughter.

Fleeing Muslim persecution, Christian refugees are often targeted and persecuted anew by fleeing Muslim refugees.

An egregious example from last April: 12 Christian refuges lost their lives during a particularly harrowing trip -- not due to their boat capsizing, but through Islamic violence.

The International Business Times reported:

Italian police have arrested 15 Muslim immigrants in Palermo, for allegedly having thrown Christian refugees off the rubber boat that was taking them to Italy after a fight for "religious reasons", according to media reports.

Those arrested – from Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast – were part of a group of 100 that were rescued off the Libyan coast by the Italian coastguard.

The archbishop of Canterbury recently warned British Prime Minister David Cameron that his government's refugee policy was discriminating against Christians because Christians are not among the refugees being helped in UN camps. They're not in the UN camps because they fear persecution from radicalized Muslim refugees.

Related:  Team Obama ordered the deportation of Chaldean Christians who tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border


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Obama targets lawyer helping persecuted Christians

Leo Hohmann is reporting that living as a Christian in many parts of Iraq or Syria has become impossible -- a one-way ticket to martyrdom at the hands of ISIS -- yet it remains a near-impossible feat for these persecuted religious minorities to find refuge in America.

But if you can get to America and get your case in the hands of Robert DeKelaita, your chances are greatly improved.

As it turns out, this high-powered Chicago attorney may have been a little too successful. He's gained asylum for thousands of persecuted Christian from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and that caught the attention of the Obama Justice Department, which is known to be no friend of Middle Eastern Christians.

DeKelaita, 52, grew up in Kirkuk in the heart of Assyria, a portion of northern Iraq that is home to one of the world's most ancient Christian communities. Legend has it that the Apostle Thomas evangelized the long-pagan area shortly after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The Christians there still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

After Saddam Hussein took power, DeKelaita's family emigrated to the U.S. in 1973 and settled in the Chicago area. He was just shy of 11 years old at the time. He excelled in school, became a lawyer and vowed to use his legal skills to help his people escape religious persecution by the majority Muslims.

He's helped reunite hundreds of families in the U.S., most of them since 2003 when the U.S. invasion and overthrow of Saddam unleashed a wave of Islamic terror against Christians that far exceeded anything that was seen under the secular Baathist regime.

The Obama administration moved against DeKelaita in September 2014, raiding his office and scooping up whatever "evidence" they could find against him. He was indicted on charges of falsifying the asylum applications of 12 clients over a 10-year period, allegedly concocting "phony claims" of religious persecution. The government has delayed his trial twice while it seeks to firm up witnesses who will testify against him.

Each count of immigration fraud carries a maximum of 10 years prison and a $250,000 fine.

DeKelaita has been a pillar in the Assyrian Christian community in Chicago, founding the Ashurbanipal Library and donating to projects that celebrate Assyrian art and culture.

"Robert has been a very successful immigration lawyer for our people," said Ramon Michael, a fellow Assyrian Christian whose family came to the U.S. about the same time as DeKelaita's.

"I've known him since high school," Michael said. "He has a passion for what he does."

Some find it ironic that the Obama administration is going after a lawyer who helps persecuted Iraqi Christians gain asylum while it welcomed and granted cart blanch asylum for more than 68,000 unaccompanied alien children from Central America last summer.

At the same time Central Americans are being greeted with a "catch and release" policy at the border, a group of 27 Assyrian Christians who made it to the border earlier this year are being detained indefinitely.

"The way that some of our federal judges view the plight of Christians in Iraq and the way some of the adjudicators view them, you would honestly think 'what is wrong with these people?'" DeKelaita, who lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife of 25 years, Ester, and two sons, said. "Why can't they see what the rest of the world sees?"

He said one judge told him: "To argue that Christians in Iraq are being targeted for their religious beliefs is to appeal to either ignorance or emotion."

"That is absurd," DeKelaita said.

Though he's had his share of wins, it's the losses that stick with him.

Like the case in Detroit a few years ago.

"It was very disappointing to hear that judge, on Christmas Eve, deny your client asylum after his brother had just been killed in Baghdad," DeKelaita said. "He'd owned a CD store and the Muslims felt, you know, that's a sin, so they blew up his store and they killed several others with him."

But the judge ruled that because one Muslim had also died in the attack that there was no targeting of Christians. It didn't matter that seven Christians died and the owner of the store was a Christian selling Western-style music, which Muslims detest.

"I didn't know what to say to my client," he said. "We wished the judge a merry Christmas and just walked out of the courtroom."

Meanwhile, the slaughter continues in Iraq and Syria. Another 220 Assyrian families were kidnapped just last week in Syria and fears are growing that the men will face beheading, the women a life of servitude as sex slaves. Bishops in Syria and Iraq have put out desperate pleas for help, saying they feel abandoned by the West.

"Robert is our hero"

More than a few of the "lucky ones" say they owe their lives to Robert DeKelaita.

"My sister and her three young children are among the Assyrian hostages in Syria. We don't even know if they're still alive," said Mimi Odicho of Chicago. "Instead of trying to help save them -- save these innocent people -- the U.S. government is trying to take down a man who has been our people's only hope for years. Robert is our hero. I don't think anyone could possibly understand what he means to us."

"I think our community finds hope in Robert," added Narsai Oshana, also of Chicago, "because he is an attorney that is not foreign to our part of the world, to our plight and our history. He knows exactly what we have endured, because he's lived it himself. He represented me in my asylum claim when I didn't have any way to pay him except with thanks. That was enough for him. I will never forget that. To me, like many, Robert was light at the end of a very long, horrid tunnel. His name is known everywhere. I am forever indebted to him."

While it detains Iraq Christian asylum seekers, the Obama administration has been welcoming thousands of Muslim refugees from jihadist hotbeds in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, despite warnings from House Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul, R-Texas, that some of these refugee programs may become a "jihadist pipeline" into the U.S.

DeKelaita, after his indictment, learned that the FBI had been investigating him since 2008, soon after Obama took office.

"It seems like they have more leeway and power to do what they want and so they can," his old high school friend, Michael, said.

He points to the Obama administration's attempt earlier this year to block an Iraqi nun from entering the country to testify before Congress on the issue of Christian persecution in the Middle East. After coverage by WND and dozens of other news outlets created a public outcry, Obama relented and issued the visa to Sister Diana Momeka.

WND also reported that the Obama-led Department of Homeland Security has detained 27 Iraqi Christian asylum seekers in California for six months, despite the fact that most of them have family who are U.S. citizens living in San Diego.

"Dangerous people are allowed to come in across our borders and these people, I'd let these people babysit my kids, that's how much I fear these people," Michael said. "Something is up. I don't know what, but it seems to be very anti-Christian to me."

One of DeKelaita's biggest successes was in getting a judge to strike down an outdated and inaccurate report out of Europe that insisted there was no persecution of Christians in Iraq.

"This report was saying there is no persecution of Christians in Iraq and for many years they were using that to deny asylum and Robert was able to get that stopped, and that was when things started going bad for him," Michael said. "He was able to make a pretty substantial impact if judges were no longer able to cite that report."

DeKelaita said his business has suffered since the indictment was brought against him almost a year ago, but he has no plans to quit fighting.

"I think it's disturbing to me that a people so persecuted as the Assyrian Christians have come under such scrutiny, and especially when our involvement in Iraq bolstered the environment in which these people came under persecution from Islamic extremists," he said.

There were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq in 2003. Little more than 200,000 remain.

"Then they come here to escape the slaughter and we have to track them down and harass them, when they aren't any threat to anyone," DeKelaita said. "These are often old men, old ladies who are escaping persecution. Its' terrible. As an American I want my government to be involved in actions that protect the security of the United States, and there are priorities, as opposed to tracking down old ladies and decent hard-working people."

"Proud Americans"

He said there are thousands of Assyrian and Chaldean Christians in the U.S. with cases pending before immigration courts.

A few days after his indictment, thousands turned out for a rally to show their support. An online petition at StandWithRobert.com has accumulated 1,874 signatures.

"These are decent hard-working people," he said. "In Detroit our community is a model of wealth and prosperity, in Chicago they're very hard working people and uphold Christian values and uphold their churches and their communities and are proud Americans, and I'm proud of that. And no matter how my case turns out I will also be proud of my work. I think it can be vouched for by my clients."

DeKelaita doesn't make any assumptions about why he was charged or why he hasn't been granted a speedy trial, or why after one interpreter who did work for his office pleaded guilty, another interpreter was charged.

"The politics of charging people and the strategy of charging is a whole other game," he said. "Why do you charge a person, then circle back and charge his friend, one might say it was on purpose but I can't say that for sure. I just know I am very much looking forward to getting my trial on and I believe I will be vindicated and people will see the DOJ is not acting properly and I want this thing finished as quickly as possible."

His Grace Bishop Mar Gewargis Younan of the diocese of Chicago Ancient Church of the East, said DeKelaita represents the very best of the American dream.

"He escaped persecution as a child, and resettled in the United States. He had every reason to fail, but instead he went on to graduate from the prestigious University of Chicago and ultimately was considered the best attorney for Middle Eastern Christians," the Bishop said.

"His entire career has been aimed at giving back -- to his church, to his heritage, to his people," the bishop continued. "He is a role model for members of our community, both American-born and immigrants. I can say with confidence that every parishioner in our church has either themselves been represented by Mr. DeKelaita, or has a relative that was represented by him. When the charges were filed, the community was in outrage and disbelief, and rightfully so. There is not a single Assyrian family anywhere in Iraq or Syria that has not been directly impacted by religious persecution. The manner in which Mr. DeKelaita's case has been approached seemingly moves to challenge this truth. We are proud of Mr. DeKelaita's achievements, and will continue to support him during this time."


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