WASHINGTON, DC - After much pressure, Secretary of State John Kerry finally acknowledged that ISIS is guilty of carrying out genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. This announcement was made after a press conference with the European Parliament, U.S. Commission on International Religious Liberty, and many other groups.
Just a few days before the welcomed announcement, the U.S. House unanimously passed a resolution 393-0, stating in part that the atrocities perpetrated "against Christians, Yezidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide."
For too long the United States has remained silent in the face of widespread genocide, where Christians and religious minorities are beheaded, roasted over burning flames, and drowned.
It is about time we acknowledge this as genocide.
Now that the State Department has acknowledged the ISIS genocide, the State Department and the Obama Administration need to take appropriate action. We must take aggressive action against ISIS.
Christians must not be pushed to the back of the refugee line.
Christians must be represented in any peace plan or land division in Syria and Iraq. Now America voters demand concrete action to stop the genocide and to give Christians the opportunity for their future.