President Barack Obama has been silent about the persecution of Christians at the hands of Muslim extremists in the Middle East, and it's time for him to take a stand, said a columnist for USA Today
Kirsten Powers, author of the upcoming book, "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech,"
lays out a series of examples in which Obama has failed to speak out against the killing of Christians for their faith, most recently after a group of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard from a migrant ship traveling last week from Libya to Italy.
"Obama was mute on the killings. He failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith. If a Christian mob on a ship bound for Italy threw 12 Muslims to their death for praying to Allah, does anyone think the president would have been so disinterested?" Powers wrote in the column.
She noted that when three North Carolina Muslims were killed by an atheist, Obama spoke out against the killings.
"But he just can't seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace," said Powers, whose book is due out on May 11.
Persecution of Christians has now become rampant around the world, Powers said, and is particularly prevalent in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Pope Francis' protestations have had little impact, she said.
"Western leaders — including Obama — will be remembered for their near silence as this human rights tragedy unfolded. The president's mumblings about the atrocities visited upon Christians (usually extracted after public outcry over his silence) are few and far between."
Meanwhile, she said, the president appears preoccupied with lecturing Christians, such as when he made comments comparing Islamic terrorism to the Crusades at the National Prayer Breakfast
"Rather than hectoring Christians about their ancestors' misdeeds, Obama should honor these men and the countless Middle Eastern Christians persecuted before them," she wrote.
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