With the March 17 deadline approaching for Secretary of State John Kerry to declare the attacks on Christians at the hands of ISIS as genocide, The Knights of Columbus in coalition with In Defense of Christians (IDC) are running nationwide TV ad campaign. The EU, 200 plus Members of Congress, Hillary Clinton, and many others have found compelling evidence to call what is happening to Christians in the Middle East, Genocide.
View the ad:
America Must End Its Silence About The Ongoing Genocide
Why March 17th?
Under the omnibus bill signed by President Obama on Dec. 18, 2015, the State Department has 90 days from the date of enactment to determine whether the mass murder of Christians and other religious minorities happening in the Middle East “constitute genocide.”
Secretary John Kerry in 2014
“The stakes for Iraq’s future could not be clearer, and today’s crisis underscores the stakes profoundly. ISIL’s campaign of terror against the innocent, including Yezedi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide.”
Sec. John Kerry
August 7, 2014
Evidence of mass graves and mass killing:
Thousands more Christians flee ISIS
SYRIA: Death and destruction in Christian town of Sadad http://www.acnuk.org/news.php/455/syria-death-and-destruction-in-christian-town-of-sadad#sthash.BwNZuOn5.dpuf
Christians almost completely destroyed by ISIS fanatics in Syria, says Aleppo Archbishop
Presidential Candidates Who Have Called Persecution of Middle East Christians “Genocide”
Quotes from Dabiq – Islamic State’s glossy propaganda magazine named after a key site in Muslim apocalypse mythology.
In October 2014, under a cover photo showing a black IS flag flying over the Vatican. The magazine confirmed IS’ desire to conquer Rome and “break the cross.”
We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market” [Indeed Your Lord Is Ever Watchful].
In February 2015, the magazine published an article on IS capturing 21 Coptic Christians:
This month, the soldiers of the Khilāfah in Wilāyat Tarābulus captured 21 Coptic crusaders, almost five years after the blessed operation against the Baghdad church executed in revenge for Kamilia Shehata, Wafa Constantine, and other sisters who were tortured and murdered by the Coptic Church of Egypt.
Therefore, the Islamic State leadership decided to target the Catholic Christians of Baghdad so as to teach the tāghūt of the Copts – Shenouda – that the price of Muslim blood is costly and so accordingly, if his church persecuted any Muslimah in Egypt, he would be directly responsible for every single Christian killed anywhere in the world when the Islamic State sought its just revenge…
In November 2015, the IS magazine restated the intention of IS to fight against cross-worshippers (Christians):
And nothing changes for the Islamic State, as it will continue to pronounce takfīr upon the Jews, the Christians, the pagans, and the apostates from the Rāfidah, the Nusayriyyah, the Sahwah, and the tawāghīt. It will continue to wage war against the apostates until they repent from apostasy. It will continue to wage war against the pagans until they accept Islam. It will continue to wage war against the Jewish state until the Jews hide behind their gharqad trees. And it will continue to wage war against the Christians until the truce decreed sometime before the Malhamah. Thereafter, the slave markets will commence in Rome by Allah’s power and might.
Carl Anderson’s testimony on why “jizya” doesn’t exempt Christians from genocide:
A Dutch journalist reported just such an incident in Idlib in 2013 when a number of Christian families began to pay the jizya but, after the amount demanded kept increasing over several months, some Christians decided to flee, leaving behind their farms and property, while others who could not pay or escape were forced to convert to Islam. In the Christian valley outside Homs, an Orthodox priest reported that those who couldn’t pay the jizya and who were not able to flee were killed. In some places, ISIS rulers reportedly demand that the jizya be paid in gold, a tax that would be impossible to sustain. Middle East scholar and, until earlier this year, the coordinator of U.S. government ideological counterterrorism messaging, Alberto Fernandez, writing in a study for MEMRI, noted the absence of any open church or evidence of Christian life in Raqqa, where the jizya contract was reportedly drawn up between ISIS and local Christians. He found ISIS jizya to be “a Salafi Caliphate publicity stunt.” It should be needless to state that being forced to convert to Islam, under penalty of death or sexual enslavement, is evidence of religious genocide, not an alternative to it. Today any Christian who was not able to flee when ISIS took control of their area has been killed, taken captive, enslaved, or forced to live as a Muslim. There, no holy Masses or other forms of Christian worship are tolerated and its two thousand year old Christian culture and communities have been effectively eradicated.