We Must Act: Time Is Running Out to Stop the Christian Genocide in Iraq and Syria
by Katie Pavlich | March 10, 2016
When I went to Israel for the first time in the summer of 2014, I visited the Museum of the Bible. Inside I found a Bible from 9th Century Mosul, Iraq, carefully protected behind glass walls. The wood bound Bible’s handwritten and delicate pages, with a Syriac translation of the Gospels, struck me more than the rest of all the history in the museum as the Islamic State continued its march across Iraq, destroying centuries-old Christian sites and executing an entire religious population along the way.
According to a study released last year by the charity Aid to the Church in Need, Christians will be extinct in Iraq and Syria within five years. Today, there are fewer than 250,000 in the region, a fraction of the previous population of 1.5 million. This is genocide and it’s far past time the Obama administration and the State Department properly classify it as such.
This isn’t a partisan issue. House Speaker Paul Ryan, hundreds of House members, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton and others have called for an official genocide declaration. Acknowledging this genocide will allow the United States and the international community to take concrete steps to end it.
ISIS’s targeting and execution of Christians is horrific and something we haven’t seen in generations. History will not look kindly upon those who stood by as an entire religious population was wiped out of their centuries-old homes, especially if the reason lies in short term politics. It’s far past time for the Obama administration to call the actions of ISIS against Christians genocide in order to stop it before it’s too late. (Read More)
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