By Tony Perkins
After ISIS’s latest atrocities, it wasn’t what the President said that infuriated conservatives, but what he didn’t say. In a gruesome video released this weekend, 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were viciously slaughtered for their faith. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know that from the White House’s official statement, which went out of its way to ignore the Christianity they were targeted for.
“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” the administration said. Obviously, the omission of their faith was as significant as it was intentional. Outlets like the BBC and New York Post broadly reported that the beheaded were targeted for being Christians: “A caption accompanying the video made it clear the hostages were targeted because of their faith. It referred to the victims as ‘people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.” This is incredibly important because, if it’s true, then it supports the idea of a Christian genocide in the Middle East, which groups like FRC have argued all along.
Even the politically correct U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, which isn’t typically FRC’s go-to source, is highlighting the persecution of minority children under ISIS. For this administration to continually go out of its way to ignore a crisis that the rest of the world acknowledges is insulting, outrageous, and transparent.
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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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