Vice President Mike Pence made a strong and crucial statement yesterday that the liberal mainstream media generally missed out on again because their focus is still on the unexpected firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Pence has raised the Trump administration's alarm about the Islamic State committing genocide against Christians.
In a speech on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence told the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians that atrocities are being committed against Christians across the Middle East, from Egypt to Syria to Iraq. Pence firmly said that the practitioners of terror have a special hatred for the followers of Christ, especially the barbarians of ISIS. Pence said that the brutal regime of ISIS shows a savagery that has not been experienced in the Middle East since the Middle Ages.
The Vice President called the crime of ISIS for what it is, saying the terror group is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith. He made a tough stand for the Trump administration- that it is time to call the crime by its name.
The previous administration of Barack Obama came to the same conclusion belatedly last year, and quite reluctantly at that. But Pence said President Trump is different as he won't stand for the persecution of Christians. Pence said that Trump made it strongly clear that America will stand by followers of Christ in this hour of need. He described the reality facing Christian faith today across the world as being "under siege."
The Vice President who called himself in the same event as a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order, said that Christians face greater hostility or hatred than any other faith. He said that Christians from more than 100 countries from across the globe from Iran to Eritrea, Nigeria to North Korea, over 215 million Christians face intimidation, imprisonment, forced conversion, abuse, assault, or worse, just for holding to the truths of the Gospel.
Pence said that from al Qaeda to al Shabaab, from Boko Haram to the Taliban, the extremist groups seek to eliminate all religions that are not their own, or even just a version of their own that they can approve of. He added that believers of other faiths from every background have suffered grievously at their hands. Pence said the world need to focus their attention to the tragic circumstances caused by extremist groups.
The Vice President also gave alarming numbers that should be condemned. He cited the case of Syria where the Christian population plummeted from a previous high of one-and-a-quarter-million to only 500,000 in just the past six years. Then there is also Iraq, where followers of Christ have fallen by 80 percent in the past nearly fifteen years due to the violence of extremism and atrocious acts against Christian communities.
Pence also expressed the administration's full commitment in bringing relief and comfort to believers not just in the Middle East, but across the world as well. Pence said that Trump knows the terrorists will not stop until "we stop them." Pence said that under President Trump, the terrorists will be stopped. Pence also reiterated Trump's tangible commitment to reaffirm America's role as a beacon of hope, light and liberty in the world.
Defeating and crushing the ISIS has always been one of Trump's strongest campaign promises. In his first speech to the U.S. Central Command in February, the President said that the IS "is on a campaign of genocide." Trump has also made the decision this week to send arms to Syrian Kurds fighting the extremist group, as U.S. backed Iraqi forces continue to wage war against the Islamic State around Mosul.