This is an adaptation of Rev. Johnnie Moore’s article published on February 21, 2017.
Christians from Syria to Nigeria continue to face an existential threat from varying kinds of Islamic extremists. The Christian population in Syria stands at less than 500,000 compared with 2 million five years ago. This weekend, ISIS released a video calling for the elimination of Christianity in Egypt.
While politicians, pundits and judges spar over whether religious minorities ought to still be prioritized in the latest iteration of President Trump’s executive order on refugees, Islamic extremists continue to follow through on genocidal threats against Christians.
Congress voted unanimously in 2016 to support a genocide resolution against ISIS. Similar resolutions were passed by the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the UK House of Commons, the Australian Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, and the French National Assembly. Secretary of State John Kerry broke with President Barack Obama to make his own official declaration of genocide against ISIS, noting that Christians had been subject to atrocities “for their faith alone.”
Despite this widespread acknowledgement of the genocidal threat faced by Christians, only 77 Syrian Christians were admitted into the United States between January and November 2016, compared to 13,210 Muslims.
The Islamic community also deserves assistance. Indeed, more Muslims have been killed or displaced by terrorists than any other ethno-religious community in the Middle East. It’s just that Christian communities have faced the threat of genocide in the Middle East ― total eradication.
Unlike some other groups, Middle East Christians have nowhere else to go . . . present policy does not take into account the uniquely precarious situation of displaced Christians . . . Christians are profoundly disadvantaged.”
Federal Law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide advise that religious persecution ought to be considered in questions of asylum.
It is ethical and legal for the United States government to provide special assistance to those religious minorities who have been displaced, whose children have been sold into slavery, whose places of worship have been destroyed, and whose countless family members have been thrown into mass graves.
A dear nun in Iraq after Mosul fell to ISIS in 2014 said: “I lived in America. You are wonderful people. You care for your pets so well. Can you please care for your Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering? Why are you so silent in the face of our genocide?”
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