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Zogby: Donohue Wrong to Doubt Obama Supports Christians

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 04:52 PM

By Courtney Coren

Arab American Institute President James Zogby says Catholic League President Bill Donohue is wrong to question whether Christian lives mean anything to President Barack Obama in light of the persecution Christians are facing in the Middle East.

"President Obama has spoken up," Zogby told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

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Christians in Iraq have been facing increasing persecution by the jihadist group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Those living in the nearly 2,000-year-old Christian commmunity of Mosul were told by ISIS to convert to Islam or be killed — leading many to flee.

"I have a meeting with a group of Iraqi Christian leaders tomorrow at the White House because they are deeply concerned about this situation in Mosul," Zogby said.

"But here's the problem — there is limited leverage the U.S. has in this situation," he said.

In addition, the American people, along with the White House and the Pentagon, don't support or "see the wisdom" of the United States "going into Mosul and bombing the hell out of it or trying to overthrow ISIS."

Zogby says, however, that he is "a critic [of the White House] for . . . not moving more quickly in developing an alternative strategy in Iraq."

"But for Mr. Donahue to make the comments he's made are uninformed and dangerous."


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