By Tony Perkins
The White House may have a hard time saying the word “Christian” — but ISIS does not. When 21 Egyptian innocents were slaughtered in Libya because of their faith, the President’s inability to talk about the targeted attack on Christians said plenty. These were fathers, sons, and husbands just trying to support their families back in Egypt when they were brutally beheaded by Islamic terrorists. As ISIS’s own video makes very clear, these men were targeted because they were “People of the Cross” — a fact completely ignored by this White House.
While the rest of the world’s leaders speak out against the threat of Islamic extremists, this President continues to hide behind his politically correct rhetoric. While nearly 80% of Americans identify as Christians, the President seems determined not to link America to the Christian faith.
ISIS on the other hand, seems to understand the core of America better than the President. Although it was Egyptian Christians labors who were murdered, the video, “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross,” was clearly directed at the U.S. “Can you imagine the outcry,” Rev. Franklin Graham asked, “if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world?”
Unfortunately, most Americans are no longer surprised by the Obama administration’s indifference toward Christian persecution — especially when its own domestic policies have been hostile to Christians here at home. “The storm is coming,” Franklin warned. And he’s right. These are not random acts of demonic brutality by ISIS — this is a growing wave of evil, which, left unchecked could be unlike anything the modern world has seen. ISIS leaders have said, “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women.”
This isn’t play-acting; these people have committed their lives to seeing this happen. We better take it seriously. And “we” includes the President of the United States.
As I said last night on Fox News’s “Kelly File,” the U.S. should take its cue from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has called for the Jews being targeted by Islamists in Europe to move to Israel. In addition to stepping up our military actions against ISIS, we should offer safe haven to persecuted Christians who are being forced to flee their homes and countries. Why not say to these families of faith that they’re welcome to come here and find refuge in America?
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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