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Rep. Frank Wolf: Obama Should Speak Out on Christian Persecution

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 01:04 PM

By Courtney Coren

Christians in Iraq are fleeing Mosul because they are being forced to convert to Islam or be killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf wants President Barack Obama to end his silence on the persecution Christians are facing.

"Pope Francis has spoken out about this, but many of the religious leaders in the West have really not," Wolf said on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"The president ought to say something," The Virginia Republican said. "The president should say something, and he's been silent."

Wolf said that the silence of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry "brings to mind the words of Martin Luther King when he said, 'In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends,' and the silence of the president and the silence of this administration is unbelievable."

The congressman said that he plans to give a speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon with the aim of trying "to get the president to say something."

"I want him to urge the Kurds to continue to defend and protect the Christians," he said. "I want him to put pressure on the Malaki government to defend the Christians."

He said wants "this administration to reprogram some of this money and give it to a group like Catholic Relief or World Vision or Save the Children because we're getting reports that . . . there's no water, there's no food, there's nothing up there, no blankets, nothing."

Wolf called the persecution and aggression against Iraqi Christians "the end of Christianity in Iraq."

The lawmaker also detailed Iraq's biblical significance.

"More biblical activity took place in Iraq than any other country in the world other than Israel," he said. "Abraham's from Iraq; it's [called] Nazaria but it's in the Bible," Wolf said. "Ezekiel is buried there in Iraq, his tomb is there."

ISIS destroyed Jonah's tomb and the mosque built over the tomb with explosives on July 24 in Mosul, which sits across the river from the ancient city of Nineveh.

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