Forsaken for their faith

“In short, my bill says, whether refugee or immigrant, a person targeted for genocide is granted priority status, and it declares Christians and Yazidis to be targets of genocide.”

“Consider the astonishing answer Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for our military operations in the region, gave to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who brought to his attention the slaughter of thousands of Christians and the forced flight of hundreds of thousands more: “Wolf, [the Islamic State] doesn’t care if you’re a Christian . We’ve seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting toward Christians.”

“You could almost hear journalist Raymond Ibrahim of the Gatestone Institute clearing his throat when he responded in his blog: “Except that roughly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christian citizens have been killed or forced to flee the country by ISIS and its jihadi predecessors over the past decade. This has nothing to do with their religious identity?”

“In fact, what is happening is genocide carried out before our eyes, and its ultimate target is us. Forgive the graphic image, but each day we do not act a jihadi blade is likelier to slice into a Christian neck. Each moment we try to avert our attention Christian flesh is about to be incinerated. When our policymakers adjust their morning showers from scalding to soothing, perhaps they should pause for a moment to contemplate the extreme fiery pain so many victims of ISIS are made to feel in those last moments of life.”

“Late last year I was among a handful of lawmakers who introduced urgent bills to respond as we are morally called to do, indeed, to preserve our very meaning as a people in the 21st century. Mine, H.R. 4017, is the only one actually to invoke the law so that persecuted Christians and Yazidis would be given emergency status.”

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