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Houses Passes Bill Declaring ISIS Atrocities Genocide

“The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution declaring that systemic violence committed by ISIS against Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide.” Read the rest at the Clarion Project.

May we continue to pray that the truth be proclaimed.

While America Waits

“At a recent news conference, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said “There are lawyers considering whether or not [the term ‘genocide’] can be properly applied in this scenario.” But, while the Obama administration “considers” the issue, the European Parliament recently adopted a resolution which, for the first time, called ISIS’ actions in Syria and Iraq a genocide.”

Read the rest at the Clarion Project.

Sunday AfterWords: Sing a Little Louder

Juliana Taimoorazy who is an Iranian refugee has made an incredible commitment for many years now to awaken our conscience to the plight of the persecuted minorities in Iraq and Syria.

She not only has raised our awareness but offers us a way to respond to the ongoing genocide that our nation refuses to recognize. Juliana is a Chaldean Catholic and Cardinal George of Chicago encouraged her to take upon herself this very vital mission.

Juliana and Catholic Witness produced a film based on the true story:

Inspired by the true story of an elderly man who in his youth witnessed the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust from the pews of his Church, Sing a Little Louder provides a stunning message for the twenty-first century and a revelation of the genocides that continue to exist today. From the creators of the viral hit Test of Fire, Sing a Little Louder seeks to embrace a culture of life and freedom.

This film helps us connect the dots and see the magnitude of the evil that has saturated the 20th century. We are no strangers to terrorism.

In all this discussion about immigration it is sobering to take a look at the facts, to see kind of life persecuted minorities must face because they hold fast to the faith.

Once again the Knights of Columbus give us a way to respond to those whose lives have been disrupted because of this ongoing genocide.

The Christian population during Saddam’s regime was in number at about 1.5 million. Because of the sectarian violence unleashed, the Christian population of Iraq today is less than 200,000. And Syria, four years ago before the Syrian war, over 10% of the Syrian population was Christian. Today so many have been displaced and are refugees due to this bloody conflict. In the meantime on November 21st a news article pointed out while Washington debates religious refugees Iraq’s Christians felt Uncle Sam’s boot and in October the US admitted 187 refugees from Syria. – only 3 or 4 from the community of persecuted minorities.
See: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419582/iraqs-christians-need-sanctuary-and-west-should-provide-it-nina-shea and
and http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/syrian-christians-are-greatest-peril-least-likely-be-admitted .

The Lord has given us the way to respond to help alleviate the suffering of those who hold fast to faith. Consider making a Christmas gift to either the Knights of Columbus or Juliana’s efforts or perhaps even both.

I would like to commend to your reading these articles and links from Nina Shea.