In a Christian Post article written two weeks ago, White House secretary Josh Earnest would not call ISIS’ persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria a “genocide” because a “specific legal determination… has not been reached.” Earnest initially answered the “genocide” question by saying that the Obama administration had long expressed concerns with the tactic used by ISIS to “slaughter religious minorities.” When asked again to address whether ISIS’ persecution of Christians should be considered a “genocide,” Earnest said his “understanding is that the use of the word involves a very specific legal determination that has, at this point, not been reached.”
“But, we have been quite candid and direct about how ISIL’s tactics are worthy of the kind of international, robust response that the international community is leading. Those tactics, include a willingness to target religious minorities including Christians.”
Is the reason the White House not willing to call ISIS’s atrocities “Christian genocide” political correctness, or just a refusal to admit what is really going on in the Middle East?
The Knights of Columbus recently released a 280-page report that undeniably lays out the ultimate goal of ISIS — to wipe out Christians and other religious groups in the Middle East and urged the U.S. State Department to use the term to describe ISIS’ actions.
According to the Gazette, Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said his Catholic fraternal organization did not contend that Christians alone are facing genocide from ISIS, but that it believes the State Department should include them. Anderson, who said the KOC was working in partnership with the group called In Defense of Christians (IDC), spoke about why the U.S. should do so at a news conference on Thursday, March 10.
“The United States government should not exclude Christians from such a finding. Doing so simply would be contrary to the facts.”
KOC issued the report to the State Department, which detailed how Christians have “been the victims of killings, kidnappings, rapes and destruction of religious property,” according to the Gazette. Gregory Stanton, president of a group called Genocide Watch, joined Anderson on a panel of experts who supported the findings of the KOC report and the use of the word “genocide” to describe the Christian persecution by ISIS. Stanton, who is also the former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, stated, “The truth is, the [world’s] moral force is the reason for this word to be used.”
Along with Anderson and others, Nina Shea, a religious freedom expert at the Hudson Institute, also spoke at the press conference, which is shown in the above videos. Shea called the report the “largest compilation in existence of what has happened to Christians in the path of ISIS.”
The report, released on March 9, and addressed to Senator John Kerry, includes witness statements and facts that support the “Christian genocide” perpetrated by ISIS in the Middle East. The report begins by quoting a statement by ISIS in their own magazine, Dabiq, that is addressed to Rome.
“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market. Finally, this certainty is the one that should pulse in the heart of every mujahid from the Islamic State and every supporter outside until he fights the Roman crusaders near Dabiq.”
With that clear statement from ISIS, will the U.S. finally admit that the goal of ISIS is to commit genocide in order to wipe out all Christian and minority groups from the face of the earth, or will the U.S. continue to refuse to say “Christian genocide” to keep it politically correct?
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