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Monday, March 14, 2016

House Unanimously Recognizes Genocide Against Christians

Public pressure has been rising through letters and petitions on Congress to formally recognize that Christians in the Middle East are the target of genocide. Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed that recognition. It was bi-partisan.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/14/house-poised-to-declare-isis-committing-genocide-against-christians-other-minorities.html?intcmp=hpbt2

This is an important step. As for our administration and John Kerry's feckless State Department....who knows?

9 comments:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

That's foolish. Genocide is genocide, religious persecution is religious persecution. These are too different things. The emotional satisfaction of equating them is a dubious high.

Gary Fouse said...

Siarlys,


You missed the memo. They are actually killing Christians in the ME.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I didn't miss anything Gary. Christians are not an ethnic group.

Words mean something ... don't you teach that in your English classes? The root word of genocide is genus. Daesh welcomes anyone who embraces their own peculiar version of Islam, regardless of race, color, or national origin. Who's that Adam guy you like to write about? Daesh is happy to kill anyone who does not embrace their own peculiar version of Islam, again, regardless of race, color or national origin. They do, obviously, discriminate on the basis of creed as to who they slaughter and who they do not.

So, my objection is to sloppy use of language to assuage an emotional desire to condemn in the strongest terms. Daesh is slaughtering people because of their religious creed, which is saying quite enough, without sloppily stretching the label "genocide" to cover it, just because "genocide" has a cachet and a street cred that tells you "these guys are REALLY evil." There are many ways to be really evil. Just call it for what it is.

Gary Fouse said...

As of today you can send a copy of your comments to Johnny Come Lately Kerry. The fact that Sunnis and Shia kill each other just shows what a murderous ideology Islam is.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

You never read the old Wobbly hymn, "Christians At War" did you? WW I was a perfect prototype:

Onward Christian soldiers, duty's way is plain,
Slay your Christian neighbors, or by them be slain,
Pulpiteers are spouting, effervescent swill,
God above is calling you to pillage rape and kill...

Gary Fouse said...

Nope. That's a new one on me. What is your idea-let them all be slain?

Gary Fouse said...

Nope. That's a new one on me. What is your idea-let them all be slain?

Siarlys Jenkins said...

More like, the fact that Catholics and Lutherans and Presbyterians and Baptists and Orthodox kill each other shows what a murderous ideology Christianity is.

Gary Fouse said...

But they don't kill each other. Nor do Reform and Orthodox Jews kill each other. Nor do different Buddhist sects kill each other.

So why do Sunni and Shia kill each other?