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Ray Flynn: Obama Ignores Persecution of Christians in Mideast

By    |   Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:59 PM

The former ambassador to the Holy See and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn tells Newsmax that the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria could become a Christian holocaust and the United States is doing nothing about it.

"It's happening right before our eyes," Flynn told Ric Blackwell and Morgan Thompson on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"The world is looking at this and hearing about it," he said. "It doesn't reflect the people, it's happening because the leaders are weak and ineffective.

"We have Prince Charles and we have Pope Francis and we have religious leaders speaking out as strongly and as articulately and as forcefully as they could possibly be, and yet at the same time we have the President of the United States and leading members of the Congress of the United States sitting in their seats silent as this world atrocity is taking place and they're saying nothing, doing nothing," the former Boston mayor contends.

"We're supposed to be the world's most important economic and military superpower and yet when it comes to persecution of Christians throughout the world, we're voiceless," he added.

"I talk to a lot of people every single day across this country, not just in Boston, and they don't agree with what's happening in the White House or in Congress," Flynn explained. 

"As a matter of fact, they probably empathize more with Prince Charles and Pope Francis than they do with their own government," he said.

On Nov. 4, Prince Charles spoke out on behalf of religious minorities who are being persecuted in the Middle East, including Christians, Muslims and Yazidis, in which he suggested "several tangible courses of action," charging religious leaders to teach their parishioners to "respect people of other faith traditions" and government leaders to practice freedom of religion, the Catholic Herald reported.  

Pope Francis also spoke out in October, according to The Jerusalem Post, saying that "this unjust situation requires, aside from our constant prayer, an adequate response of the part of the international community."

Flynn told Newsmax that "it really takes more than praying, and I have a great deal of respect for praying. It takes political leadership, and you need to bring people together."

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This was not the first time the Catholic leader addressed Christian persecution in the Middle East. And in August, the pope donated $1 million to aid religious refugees in the region.

Flynn, the ambassador to the Holy See under former President Bill Clinton, said that if he were president or in Congress he "would go right down to New York . . . before the United Nations . . . and make these speeches, and I would make the resources of the United States, not just the speeches, but the resources of the United States available, including military to go in and do something about these atrocities against persecuted Christians."

When it comes to the debate in the Catholic church over issues of homosexuality Flynn says that there's a lot of different opinions among the cardinals.

"There's always going to be differences of opinion ,but the final analysis, it makes the church stronger," he explained. It makes any organization stronger."

"The final analysis is going to be the Holy Father, it's going to be the pope. He's the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. It's his decision that is going to prevail," he said.

"In the meantime, there is nothing wrong with bringing people to the table, letting them express their selves, inviting them into the discussion, respect what they have to say," he contends.

"That doesn't mean, however, that you have to change the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church," he added.

According to Flynn: "We're talking about openness, we're not talking about structural change and reforms that will divide and drive Catholics away from the values that they believe."

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