Published On: Sat, Sep 12th, 2015

Lawmakers call on Obama to recognize Christian genocide  

Former Rep. Frank Wolf pointed out that the Obama administration didn't say that the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State were killed because of their religion, and instead called them 21 Egyptians.

Former Rep. Frank Wolf pointed out that the Obama administration didn't say that the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State were killed because of their religion,   and instead called them 21 Egyptians. (Screenshot)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a resolution Thursday to recognize the Christian genocide taking place in Iraq and Syria, in hopes that the resolution will force the Obama administration to act.

“Christianity in the Middle East is shattered, ” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., said Thursday at an event introducing the measure. “The ancient faith tradition lies beaten, broken and dying. Yet Christians in Iraq and Syria are hanging on in the face of the Islamic State’s barbarous onslaught. This is genocide.”

“Last year, the world watched in horror as ISIS initiated a political and religious insurrection in the name of establishing a caliphate across Iraq and Syria, ” said Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif. “We must not mince words, today a genocide is being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in their historic homelands throughout the greater Middle East. These crimes against humanity must be properly acknowledged in order for the global community to appropriately respond to these infringements on religious freedom.”

“Does this administration care?” asked former Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. “This is genocide.”

Read the full story at Washington Examiner, by Barbara Boland

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