Syndicated NewsJohn Kerry Should Recognize Christian GenocideBy Kirsten Powers
2015-12-08 08:49 GMTIn October, Islamic State militants in Syria demanded that two Christian women and six men convert to Islam. When they refused, the women were publicly raped and then beheaded along with the men. On the same day, militants cut off the fingertips of a 12-year-old boy in an attempt to force his Christian father to convert. When his father refused, they were brutalized and then crucified.This has become the plight of Christians in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Beheadings, crucifixions and enslavement are visited on those who won't renounce their religious beliefs. The lucky ones are murdered in more mundane ways or driven from their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
This year, we've seen a Newsweek cover exclaiming, "The New Exodus: Christians Flee ISIS in the Middle East," and a New York Times piece asking, "Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?" The progressive Center for American Progress noted in a March report, "Some of the oldest Christian communities in the world are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born and first took root."
By Patrick Goodenough | December 7, 2015 | 3:54 PM EST
(CNSNews.com) – Since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the United States – 236 Sunni Muslims and one Christian (0.4 percent), according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.
The Christian, a Greek Orthodox individual, is the sole non-Sunni Muslim admitted to the U.S. since the attack, which fueled concerns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) may move terrorists into Western nations under the cover of refugee resettlement programs.