Some dare call it what it is - genocide.
To anyone looking objectively at the wholesale persecution and slaughter of Christians in the Middle East, it's an easy call. But for a Democrat in Congress to use the term does carry some weight in that the term itself is so explosive.
I think it's been horrifying the absolute quiet that has accompanied this genocide in much of the West, especially from the Obama administration. I don't think the people in the White House can conceive a situation where the Christians aren't the bad guys.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that the persecution and slaughter of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in the Middle East is “genocide.”
Citing the attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Levant (ISIL) on the city of Mosul in Iraq in June, Eshoo said Christians were driven from their homes because of their faith.
“In June, at least a half a million people were forced from Mosul, including every Christian in the city,” Eshoo said at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) summit in Washington, D.C. “And mass, for the first time in thousands of years, could not be celebrated.”
She said ISIS has killed men and boys and kidnapped and assaulted women and girls in Iraq and Syria.
“The genocide of Christians – and that’s what it is – it is a genocide -- it is genocide,” Eshoo said, as she was interrupted by applause from the audience of religious leaders and advocates from the Middle East and across the U.S. “The genocide that’s taking place in the Middle East today is a repeat of the history of my family.”