I don’t often hear of people talking about Christian genocide. While we get geared up to fight our not-a-war, I still have not seem many (any?) denunciations of the mistreatment and killing of Christians from this Administration.
What seems especially strange is the White House stays silence even in the face of acknowledgement of the issue by members of their own party.
As CNS News reports,
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that the persecution and slaughter of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in the Middle East is “genocide.”
Citing the attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Levant (ISIL) on the city of Mosul in Iraq in June, Eshoo said Christians were driven from their homes because of their faith.
“In June, at least a half a million people were forced from Mosul, including every Christian in the city,” Eshoo said at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) summit in Washington, D.C. “And mass, for the first time in thousands of years, could not be celebrated.”
She said ISIS has killed men and boys and kidnapped and assaulted women and girls in Iraq and Syria.
“The genocide of Christians – and that’s what it is – it is a genocide — it is genocide,” Eshoo said, as she was interrupted by applause from the audience of religious leaders and advocates from the Middle East and across the U.S. “The genocide that’s taking place in the Middle East today is a repeat of the history of my family.”
Eshoo comes from an Assyrian father and an Armenian mother. So the genocide of the Armenians in Turkey is a galvanizing memory. Her activism makes the White House’s silence seem all the more strange because they also seem to be passively resisting a law that she sponsored:
In August, a bill to establish a special envoy at the State Department to oversee the cause of religious liberty in the Middle East – sponsored by Eshoo and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) — was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The president has yet to name the new envoy, according to Eshoo.
So President Obama is not only silent on the issue, but as far as we can tell he made his signature on a bill the effective equivalent of a veto. Just another law he is not following.