Christians thrown overboard by Obama (COMMENTARY)

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President Barack Obama greets Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POWERS-COLUMN, originally transmitted on April 21, 2015.

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President Obama just can't seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.

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  • opheliart

    “Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the persecution and begged the world for help, but it has had little impact.”

    Why do you think that is, Kirsten? I am sure Christians and non Christians can think of a number of reasons for not paying attention to your pope.

    Peace

  • Frank

    How many so-called ‘mega-churches’ have paused every Sunday to pray for the persecuted?

    How many so-called ‘mega-churches’ are actively involved in ministering to the persecuted?

    How many so-called ‘mega-churches’ are really praying for the persecuted?

    Pastors are busy accepting or declining awards for themselves but none are interested in praying for Christian brothers and sisters around the world that are persecuted.

    Start the concern for the persecuted with your local church!

  • Larry

    Islamic State is murdering thousands of Muslims on a regular basis and people like the author don’t pay one bit of attention. But kill a handful of Christians and suddenly you become concerned with the Middle East.

    Where the hell were you when Kurdish and Shia cities were being overrun and its inhabitants killed by the hundreds?

    They weren’t Christians, why would you care?

    If you can’t work in an excuse for “All Islam is evil” what is the point of showing concern for the middle East.

  • Bishop Cardinal

    “Start the concern for the persecuted with your local church!”

    –Have *you* stopped to pray for the persecuted? 🙁
    Most Christians today live very cushy lives in the west with absolutely no idea as to what real persecution looks like. Almost every single disciple of Jesus faced persecution of the worst kind. The price to Christendom was paid with the blood of martyrs. Now more than ever Christians must remember the persecuted in their prayers every single day.

  • Jennifer

    You single out megachurches, but what about everyone else? I’ve never attended a megachurch, yet other than the church I am at now, do not recall any others saying much on the subject.

    David Platt’s former church was a megachurch, and you can’t say he was silent on the matter. Can you prove megachurches are any worse than everyone else on this subject? I doubt it.

  • Jennifer

    Did you even read the article?

  • Joe DeCaro

    They weren’t Christians?

    Although the majority of Kurds today are Sunni Muslims, before the spread of Islam in the 7th Century, most Kurds practiced Yazidism and Christianity.

    Kurdish Christians can still be found in Kurdistan, Iraq.

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  • Larry

    So is your concern is only for that minority of Kurds who are not Muslim?

    What about the Shia who are also under attack by I-S? The majority of Palestinians currently under siege outside of Damascus are also mostly Muslim.

    Fact of the matter is Islamic State has been committing acts of mayhem to pretty much everyone. But the West only seems to show concerns when its Christians on the receiving end of it.

    Portraying what is going on over there as “a clash of religions” is really missing the point and wallowing in unhelpful ignorance of the situation. Criticizing Obama for not following along with that narrative is merely an excuse for not wanting to cough up any kind of tangible actions over there.

    IMO, we should be working closely with the Kurds, Libyans, Jordanians and Egyptians on the refugee issues and forming a defense against Islamic State. But that involves not antagonizing the entire Islamic World.

  • Ben in oakland

    I’m very concerned about the acts of theocrats world wide, as they attack, denigrate, and murder everyone who doesn’t agree with them. But to lay the blame for the murders of these Christians on Obama is obtuseness bordering on the criminal.

    In 2000, George bush was “elected” by the actions of our Supreme Court. In 2001, we were attacked. Bush response was to invade first Afghanistan– always a mistake. He did this with the full support of the conservative Christian base of the Republican party. In 2003, when he invaded Iraq under false pretenses, he destabilized the entire Middle East, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims since. In 2004, he was re-elected due to conservative Christians obsessions over homosexuality and marriage. Our two undeclared wars have resulted in the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and the depletion of our treasury.

    And you want to blame OBAMA for not speaking out loudly enough for your taste?