Although, more than 100,000 visas have already been granted this year to Muslims not facing persecution
by, Isaiah Narciso | The Gospel Herald | h/t Carrie Dedrick @ Christian Headlines and BCN
(Washington, DC)—The U.S. State Department may have sent a signal to an Anglican bishop in Iraq that despite persecution and harassment from the terror group known as ISIS, Christians in that country will not find any support from the United States government.
According to Faith J.H. McDonnell of Philos Project, the Rt. Rev. Julian M. Dobbs, bishop of the Diocese of CANA East (Convocation of Anglicans in North America), revealed that part of U.S. foreign policy during an interaction with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). Dobbs made his case to the State Department on behalf of a group of Assyrian Christians who are desperate to leave northern Iraq.
“There is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation,” the State Department said.
“Donors in the private sector have offered complete funding for the airfare and the resettlement in the United States of these Iraqi Christians… but the State Department—while admitting 4,425 Somalis to the United States in just the first six months of 2015, and possibly even accepting members of ISIS through the Syrian and Iraqi refugee program, all paid for by tax dollars, [said] they ‘would not support a special category to bring Assyrian Christians into the United States.'” –Faith J.H. McDonnell
McDonnell reported that the Assyrian Christians received both the permission and blessing from their own bishop to leave Iraq. Until recently, church leaders in the region have urged Christians to stay in the Middle East; now they have concluded that their chances of survival are much better if they left.
“Christianity in Iraq is going through one of its worst and hardest stages of its long history, which dates back to the first century,” Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil said. “Throughout all these long centuries, we have experienced many hardships and persecutions, offering caravans of martyrs. Yet 2014 brought the worst acts of genocide against us in our history.”
Warda added that “Christianity as a religion and as a culture from Mesopotamia [ancient Iraq]” now faced “extinction” due to the ongoing threat posed by ISIS.
McDonnell elaborated on the plight of Christians and other minorities in the region since ISIS took over the Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014.
“Christians, Yazidis, Mandeans and others were targeted for destruction, and within just the first week of ISIS’ occupation, more than 500,000 people fled the city,” McDonnell wrote. “The homes of Christians were marked with the Arabic letter ‘nun,’ standing for Nazarene. Christians were threatened with death if they did not convert to Islam, pay jizya and live as a subjected people—’dhimmi’—or flee immediately.”
According to McDonnell, Christians have even been threatened by some Muslims in the refugee camps run by the UN Refugee Agency, or UNHCR. However, the State Department has refused to resettle affected Assyrian Christians in the United States.
“Donors in the private sector have offered complete funding for the airfare and the resettlement in the United States of these Iraqi Christians that are sleeping in public buildings, on school floors, or worse,” McDonnell wrote. “But the State Department—while admitting 4,425 Somalis to the United States in just the first six months of 2015, and possibly even accepting members of ISIS through the Syrian and Iraqi refugee program, all paid for by tax dollars, told Dobbs that they ‘would not support a special category to bring Assyrian Christians into the United States.'”
McDonnell contended that the United States government made it clear religious affiliation does not mean support for Christians in the region in the form of asylum.
“The State Department, the wider administration, some in Congress and much of the media and other liberal elites insist that Christians cannot be given preferential treatment,” McDonnell wrote. “Even within the churches, some Christians are so afraid of appearing to give preferential treatment to their fellow Christians that they are reluctant to plead the case of their Iraqi and Syrian brothers and sisters.”
Such treatment by the State Department has even extended to Christian leaders in Iraq. According to a report on Fox News, the agency recently reversed a decision that denied a visa for an Iraqi Catholic nun who wanted to inform Americans of the persecution directed by ISIS against Christians.
“Sister Diana Momeka is a leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and chased from their homes in and around Mosul by ISIS,” Fox News wrote. “Momeka, who has been likened to Mother Teresa for her work with the poor and persecuted, was turned down, she said, because she was ‘internally displaced’ in Iraq, and deemed a risk to stay in the U.S., where she once lived and studied for six years.”
McDonnell reported that the nun was able to testify in a full committee hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on May 13. However, the State Department refused to comment on the decision.
“All visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and other applicable laws,” a State Department spokesman told Fox News.
Johnnie Wolfe, author of the book “Defying ISIS,” told Fox News that he advocated for Sister Diana when her visa was initially denied.
“People across the country raised a voice, including members of Congress and Senators, to put enormous pressure to change the decision. I’m glad she will be able to come and speak to leaders and the press, but it’s frustrating that it took thousands of Americans reacting in a significant way to make a sensible thing happen,” Wolfe said.
by, Suzanne Hamner | D.C. Clothesline
Has everyone heard about Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine backing Hillary Clinton for a 2016 presidential bid? According to a CBS news article, Kaine, addressing a Democratic women’s breakfast on May 3, 2014, in South Carolina, said that former Secretary of State Clintonhad shown grace in handling an array of problems and attacks in her 30 years of public life. The Democratic Senator from Virginia said it was never too early to start backing Hellary (yes, this spelling is intentional) and that she had “what it takes” to be president.
According to a statement by Kaine, “She’s got the accumulated backbone and scar tissue and wisdom and judgment – all of those things you need in a leader.”
Other Democratic supporters of a “Hellary for President” run in 2016 includes Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), former Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI), and Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO).
While Hellary decides on a run for the White House again later this year, a document dump by the Clinton Presidential Library released a handwritten note by Bill Clinton in March 2000 to Bassam Erstwani, chairman of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. The tone of the note suggests that then President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton “enjoyed a friendly relationship with the chairman of a mosque that counted 9/11 hijackers as worshippers and invited controversial Muslim Brotherhood-linked television preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi in for a meeting.” It appears that in the note signed “BC,” former president Bill Clinton indicated that having Muslim support would be good.
It seems Erstwani visited the White House multiple times during the Clinton presidency. Photographic documentation has Erstwani in the Oval Office shaking hands with President Clinton and, on another separate occasion, at a White House event smiling while next to Hillary. Erstwani has also been linked with Anwar Al-Awlaki – imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque from January 2001 to April 2002, a senior Al-Qaeda recruiter linked to several terrorists, preacher to three of the 9/11 hijackers, linked to the Fort Hood shooter by US officials and killed in a drone strike in September 2011 commanded by the CIA.
Yes, her stellar examples of wisdom and judgment are presidential quality as is her accumulated backbone. Her scar tissue of presidential quality ranks right up there with a case of the shingles. These are the things needed in a leader, according to Sen. Kaine, but Hillary’s example of these qualities is sorely lacking. In addition to her magnanimous qualities, her criminal, treasonous acts should be a prohibition for a presidential bid. However, Hellary’s lies, treason, and inaction resulting in the murder of four Americansmeans nothing to liberal progressive Democrats.
Instead of looking at the information that links another potential presidential candidate with known terrorists and the enemies of America, the liberal progressives take pot shots at those who speak in conservative tones. They deflect from the real issue to attack, malign and smear those who link the current corrupt government with American’s enemies and the heralding of the end of our nation. The current administration’s favoring of a special group means nothing to them even when that group seeks to subjugate the population and eradicate freedom. While they may believe in their mind they are supporting freedom, their continued support of individuals in government who do not support freedom suggests otherwise.
It has become an uphill battle to focus the attention of liberal progressives on true issues as they are more interested in promoting their agenda, defending criminals and those who seek to take freedom away and to use every tactic available to avoid facing facts.
Hellary’s friendly association with Erstwani, through Bill, has profound implications with regard to her actions in Benghazi, not to mention, her clear participation in a cover-up to conceal treasonous activities on the part of this administration and Obama. It also shows a clear intent to protect terrorists who commit atrocities, murder Americans and subjugate, rape, torture or murder Christians and other non-Muslims for sport – if that doesn’t satisfy this blood-thirsty group, they engage in cannibalism by eating the heart of their victims then play soccer and kickball with the heads of the murdered. This is whom the liberal progressives and Sen. Kaine, Sen. Schumer, Sen. McCaskill and former Gov. Granholm would support and back for a presidential bid – terrorist supporting, criminal,treasonous, corrupt Hillary Clinton?!
This is beyond ludicrous. And they call us insane.