The Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East

Children receive oxygen at a hospital in Taza, Iraq, March 9, after Islamic State militants fired mortar shells and  rockets filled with "poisonous substances" into their village. (CNS photo/Stringer, Reuters)

Children receive oxygen at a hospital in Taza, Iraq, March 9, after Islamic State militants fired mortar shells and rockets filled with “poisonous substances” into their village. (CNS photo/Stringer, Reuters)

On behalf of the Church of Washington, and personally, I would like to express my appreciation for the U.S. State Department’s official recognition that the violent atrocities and persecution being perpetrated by ISIS against Christians constitutes genocide. This legal action follows the declarations of Congress and the European Parliament condemning as genocide this aggression by the forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

For some time, the world has witnessed the deliberate and organized effort by ISIS to eliminate Christians from the Middle East. For the U.S. government to call this savagery by its proper name – genocide – is a welcome step in what must now be a more committed effort at bringing peace and security to that beleaguered land. These words must now be translated into action. The innocent Christian women, men and children of the region who are being killed or have fled to escape the violence have a right to survive and return to their homes where they have lived in peace with their neighbors for centuries.

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