Obama Raises Concerns About Christian Persecution by ISIS
As Christmas quickly approaches, President Obama posted a statement rating concern over the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
“During this season of Advent, Christians in the United States and around the world are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,” Obama said.
“At this time, those of us fortunate enough to live in countries that honor the birthright of all people to practice their faith freely give thanks for that blessing. Michelle and I are also ever-mindful that many of our fellow Christians do not enjoy that right, and hold especially close to our hearts and minds those who have been driven from their ancient homelands by unspeakable violence and persecution.”
Obama is currently on vacation in Hawaii but took the occasion to note that, “In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL,” the president continued.
“We join with people around the world in praying for God’s protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths, as well as for those brave men and women engaged in our military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering and restore stability, security, and hope to their nations,” Obama said.
He ended the statement, “As the old Christmas carol reminds us: The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men.”