by Matt Lacy –
While President Obama boasted that Iraq is stable amidst the withdrawal of all U.S. forces, Christians in the country fear that is far from the truth.
Speaking at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Obama told troops that while “Iraq is not a perfect place,” that “we are leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people.”
While there were an estimated 1.6 million Christians in Iraq 15 years ago, today there are less than 400,000. Many of them have had to flee to neighboring countries, despite the presence of U.S. forces in the region. With the soldiers gone it is feared they will face even more persecution from Islamists in the country.
Patrick Mahoney, president of the Christian Defense Coalition said “How can we pull out of Iraq without a clear plan for protecting Christians and other religious minorities? America must realize that this horrible extermination of Christians is directly related to our failure in ensuring their safety.”
He continued, “The truth is, if the Obama Administration does not confront this crushing of human rights and religious freedom in Iraq the public expression of Christianity will be exterminated in that country. If that happens, the United States will have to shoulder much of the blame because our military intervention into Iraq created an environment for this horrible religious persecution.”
“How can we pull out of Iraq without a clear plan for protecting Christians and other religious minorities? America must realize that this horrible extermination of Christians is directly related to our failure in ensuring their safety.”
“It is a tragedy that America’s involvement in Iraq did not bring liberation for Christians but brutality, oppression and possible extinction.”
Making matters worse, the U.S. policy regarding refugee resettlement such as we see here in Greeley with Somalis, favors Muslims over Christians facing death and persecution. The State Department defers to the United Nations regarding who qualifies for status as a refugee.
The mandate of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to determine which of the world’s huddled masses comes to the U.S. as humanitarian refugees. The U.N. body will often favor Muslims, while Christians from Muslim lands are being refused refugee status.
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