When is genocide not genocide?
Answer: when it’s committed against Christians. That’s the current de facto policy of the Obama administration, which is clearing the way to admit thousands more Syrian Muslim refugees to the United States while blocking Christians.
The disparity exists because Syria is a nation-state whose government is abusing its own people, a situation that qualifies the victims for persecution status under U.S. law. Meanwhile, the Islamic State (ISIS) has conquered large portions of Syria and Iraq. Although it is operating like a government, it’s not an officially recognized state.
Christians who are crucified, tortured, raped, enslaved and suffer wholesale destruction of their communities by the Islamic State apparently don’t qualify for asylum.
To rectify this horrific disparity, Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California is sponsoring The Save Christians from Genocide Act (H.R. 4017).
Introduced on Nov. 5, the bill was assigned in early December to the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. It calls for designating Christians and Yazidis as targets of genocide and would, therefore, give them heightened refugee status. It also says, “ISIS and its leaders should be charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.”
Following the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump ignited a national debate by calling for a halt to Muslim immigrants to the United States. He and others suggested that Christians, who share America’s founding faith and are being singled out and killed by jihadists, would be more suitable candidates for refugee status.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas noted that Christians represent “no meaningful risk of committing acts of terror.” Former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush also weighed in, saying the U.S. should concentrate on helping “the Christians [who] are being slaughtered.”
Defending his plan to bring 10,000 Syrian Muslim refugees to the United States next year, President Obama told reporters on Nov. 16 at the G-20 conference in Turkey that such comments were “shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have a religious test for our compassion.”
Well, here’s the problem. The Islamic State, along with Boko Haram and other Islamic jihadists, has already imposed a religious test whose aim is a Christian holocaust.
Unlike Muslim refugees who could enter many nearby Muslim nations, Christians have no place to go. Israel, the safest place for them, can take only a few. Lebanon, which still has a substantial Christian minority, is extremely volatile, with numerous terrorist incidents.
The Islamic State is not the only threat. In April, Muslims in a boat that left Libya for Italy with 105 refugees from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal found a dozen Christians from Nigeria and Ghana among them. Failing the religious test, the Christians were thrown overboard to their deaths, Italian police reported.
At a Dec. 4 Heritage Foundation panel on the Islamic State’s persecution of religious minorities, Patrick Kelly of the Knights of Columbus said, “We have evidence that Christians in the camps are being…