Why are Syrian Christians fleeing ISIS, who have American sponsors, being held at the U.S. border? Why aren’t the GOP contenders addressing this issue?
Democratic candidate for president and former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley called on the U.S. to do more to stop the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
Saying that “genocide” is not a “word to be used lightly,” O’Malley stated, “We should have the courage to call ISIS’ barbaric acts — targeted specifically against Christians and other religious groups — what they are. ‘Genocide’ is not an overstatement. It is ‘acts committed with the intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.’”
Writing in the Detroit Free Press, O’Malley notes that the Islamic State’s (ISIS) “plan to destroy Christianity in the Middle East is more ambitious than simply wiping out the Christian population; it also aspires to erase any semblance that Christianity ever existed in the Middle East.”
O’Malley cited last September’s bombing of the 7th-Century Green Church in Tikrit by the Islamic State and the destruction of 45 Christian institutions when the Islamic State took over Mosul last summer.
“Protecting religious minorities against ISIS and facilitating the safe passage of those in the most precarious circumstances is a moral imperative. We can and must do more,” wrote O’Malley.