The Obama administration notoriously refuses to acknowledge that Islamists commit Islamist terror, so it logically follows that a Christian victim of Islamist violence should not address the issue lest it challenge accepted political orthodoxy.
Besides, the president reminds us, Christians are no saints themselves. They were responsible for the Crusades and the Inquisition in past centuries.
Such fallacious logic and moral equivalence is breathtaking, yet it is all too real.
The issue rose to the forefront recently when the State Department initially denied a non-immigrant visa application for a persecuted Iraqi Christian who is scheduled to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Before reversing its decision when faced with mounting public pressure, the government said that she might be lying about the reason for her visit.
Sister Diana Momeka intended to spend one week in the United States in May to meet with the House and Senate foreign relations committees, the State Department and USAID.
She would arrive with a delegation of fellow Iraqi minority groups to testify about the Nineveh Christians of Qaraqosh, Iraq, some 50,000 of whom have been tortured, killed, or deported by ISIS, also known as the Islamic State.
An official at State originally rejected her application on the grounds that she could be seeking political asylum. The State Department might warrant some level of understanding for doubting her sincerity at first if it didn’t stand in such stark contrast to those it receives without harboring reservations.
The administration has overturned decades of a clear and consistent bipartisan strategy in which America does not engage in dialogue with those who seek to obtain political power through force, including Islamist terrorists and those who support them.
The White House, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security regularly ignore red flags to welcome a steady stream radical Islam’s luminaries. They have granted them audiences at the highest levels of government and allowed them to freely roam the land to recruit, raise money for their causes, and espouse their worldviews.
The following three individuals are among the Who’s Who named in an upcoming report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that exposes many of the uglier personalities allowed into the U.S.
- Anas al-Tikriti — a top Islamist Muslim Brotherhood figure in the U.K., who met with President Obama in the White House on Jan. 22, 2014. Al-Tikriti notably justified the ongoing violence by Iraqi extremists against U.S.-led coalition forces by saying, “to expect to rule people with guns and missiles and not expect a reaction in kind is extremely foolish and naive. Also, to occupy a people and expect them not to retaliate is also unrealistic.”
- Hani Nour Eldin — a member of the outlawed Islamist group Gamaa Islamiya, met with government officials at the White House in Washington in June 2012. Gamaa Islamiya’s spiritual leader is Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the infamous Blind Sheikh), considered the inspiration behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and convicted of conspiring in a subsequent plot to blow up New York landmarks and tunnels. Eldin reportedly spoke with former White House Deputy National Security Advisor and current White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to plead for the Blind Sheikh’s release.
- Mohammed Rateb al-Nabulsi — a prominent Syrian sheikh who has endorsed suicide bombings, jihad against the West and the death penalty for homosexuals. He conducted a 15-city fundraising tour in January 2014 on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Syrian American Council, a major group lobbying for more U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war.
The U.S. should prohibit perpetrators and supporters of Islamist brutality from entering the country while embracing advocates for religious freedom. End of story.
That the administration initially refused a request by persecuted Iraqi Christian to visit the U.S. while seemingly at pains to accommodate enablers of 21st Century religiously motivated barbarity reeks of priorities perverted by politics.
A little common sense might go a long way toward righting the administration’s broken moral compass.
Pete Hoekstra represented Michigan for 18 years in Congress, including as chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and as a leading bipartisan voice on policy and oversight of national security, education, labor and economic issues. He currently serves as the Shillman Senior fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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