The Obama Administration’s War on Persecuted Christians

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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The Obama administration’s support for its Islamist allies means lack of U.S. support for their enemies, or, more properly, victims—the Christian and other non-Muslim minorities of the Muslim world.  Consider the many recent proofs:

According to Pete Winn of CNS:

The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline Congress set for the release of these reports.  The new human rights reports—purged of the sections that discuss the status of religious freedom in each of the countries covered—are also the human rights reports that include the period that covered the Arab Spring and its aftermath.  Thus, the reports do not provide in-depth coverage of what has happened to Christians and other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East that saw the rise of revolutionary movements in 2011 in which Islamist forces played an instrumental role.  For the first time ever, the State Department simply eliminated the section of religious freedom in its reports covering 2011… (emphasis added).

The CNS report goes on to quote several U.S. officials questioning the motives of the Obama administration.  Former U.S. diplomat Thomas Farr said that he has “observed during the three-and-a-half years of the Obama administration that the issue of religious freedom has been distinctly downplayed.”  Leonard Leo, former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, said “to have pulled religious freedom out of it [the report] means that fewer people will obtain information,” so that “you don’t have the whole picture.”

Of course, censoring information is a regular theme under Obama: if the administration is suppressing knowledge concerning the sufferings of religious minorities under Islam, earlier it suppressed knowledge concerning Islam itself (see here for a surreal example of the effects of such censorship).

In “Obama Overlooks Christian Persecution,” James Walsh gives more examples of State Department indifference “regarding the New Years’ murders of Coptic Christians in Egypt and the ravaging of a cathedral,” including how the State Department “refused to list Egypt as ‘a country of particular concern,’ even as Christians and others were being murdered, churches destroyed, and girls kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. ”

And the evidence keeps mounting.  Legislation to create a special envoy for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia—legislation that, in the words of the Washington Post, “passed the House by a huge margin,” has been stalled by Sen. James Webb (D-Va):

In a letter sent to Webb Wednesday night, Rep. Frank Wolf [R-Va, who introduced the envoy bill] said he “cannot understand why” the hold had been placed on a bill that might help Coptic Christians and other groups “who face daily persecution, hardship, violence, instability and even death.”

Yet the ultimate source of opposition is the State Department.  The Post continues:

Webb spokesman Will Jenkins explained the hold by saying that “after considering the legislation, Senator Webb asked the State Department for its analysis.”  In a position paper issued in response, State Department officials said “we oppose the bill as it infringes on the Secretary’s [Hillary Clinton’s] flexibility to make appropriate staffing decisions,” and suggested the duties of Wolf’s proposed envoy would overlap with several existing positions.  “The new special envoy position is unnecessary, duplicative, and likely counterproductive,” the State Department said (emphasis added).

But as Wolf explained in his letter: “If I believed that religious minorities, especially in these strategic regions, were getting the attention warranted at the State Department, I would cease in pressing for passage of this legislation.  Sadly, that is far from being the case. We must act now….  Time is running out.”

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  • southwood

    Obama is pro-Islam. He has blood on his hands. A lot of blood (e.g. Christian persecution ignored (especially in Sudan), abortion, not fully endorsing the Iran uprising a couple of years ago where people were brutally tortured, bloodied, even killed). A dreadful guy and a bad president. I wish he were gone from the seat of power.

    • tom4you

      I can't believe it's just Obama…it's got to be the entire Democratic party or some shadow Government.I don't think a President is absolute, he's the visual to background Elitists that pull the strings….OR God is indeed manipulating things to bring in the final plan of Man….either way, nothing a mortal Man can do about it, just watch,. pray, and look on.

    • Dr. Howard Garber

      I regard "socialist dictator" BHO as worst & most dangerous pres in US history !!! He was elected by an
      increasingly ignorant, permissive ("open borders") US that's irreversibly changed culturally, morally and politically. (A good portion of my city (Anaheim) has become a "Mexican Barrio", with rioting gangs we've all been reading about – and leftist CA is fast becoming an "extension of Mexico".)
      I've called it a national demographic disaster. (God help this once greatest of nations.)
      I've given out several copies of "The Obama Nation" –
      Lefist Politics And The Cult of Personality – by Jerome Corsi, Ph.D.

  • Gamaliel

    In 2006 Obama went to Kenya and campaigned for Raila Odinga, a pro-communist candidate running against Nairobi's pro-American government. After Mr. Odinga lost the election, he said the vote was rigged and incited his supporters to riot. As a result, Muslims set churches ablaze and hacked Christians to death.

    Obama argued that to end the attacks by Mr. Odinga's supporters, he should be given a position in the Kenyan government. Obama's outrageous behavior did not prevent the left from voting him in and so he's continuing it now except as president of the United States.

  • Katharina

    Dictator/War Criminal Obama, I suspect was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood since his young days at the University. We have been dupeed all along thinking he was a Socialist. But actually he's using the Socialist fools to launch the Jew/Christian/women/girls-hating Nazi Saudi/Qatar royals-sponsored Muslim Brotherhood conquest of the US and non-Arab but Oil/MINERAL-RICH Islamic-ruled countries. It's like watching the Omen!

  • Andrew Corsi

    _Not only has Obama been friends with various terrorists and terrorist supporters, he has propped up two Jewish puppets to give the impression that he is pro Jewish, namely, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod. For example, Rashid Khalidi who presides over a $300,000 annual grant from the U.S. federal government, and he and his wife (who used to work for WAFA the terrorist "news" agency), founded AAAN, (Arab American Action Network), which is noted for its view that Israel’s creation in 1948 was a “catastrophe” for all Arab people._Also, let's not forget the Khalidis used to babysit the Obama daughters, when they went out many times, and the Khalidis sat at a table of four, with the Obamas at a dinner honoring Louis Farrakhan._ ._

  • Andrew Corsi

    Mr. Obama is now saying almost the exact same sentences he spoke three and a half years ago, when he said that America should give the Iranians time to stop their nuclear program. Most of you can guess what Iran was able to accomplish with 3 and 1/2 years of worry free time for “construction.”_So, YES! Of course Mr. Obama is pro Islam, and anti Christian and anti Judaism. _You can tell a person by the company he keeps. Look at some of his other pals…_Hugo Chavez, Hatem El-Hady, Louis Farrakhan, Bernadette Dohrn, Jamal M. Barzinji, Ahmed Yousef, Jodie Evans, Malik Zulu Shabazz, Sam Graham-Felsen, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Muhammad Yunus, Tony Rezko, Evo Morales, Father Michael Pfleger, George Soros, Maria Isabel, Khalid al Mansour (a.k.a. Don Warden), Hashim Nzinga, Daniel Ortega, Ahmed Yousef, Khalid Abdul Muhammed, and various ACORN managers who were hand chosen for their positions._ Mr. Obama has loads of friends and look above to see some of them. You are invited to look up those names and you will find that they really are Barry Soetoro's (a.k.a. Barack Obama), friends.

  • Matt Ogilvie

    This is easy. Obama hates Whitey. Christianity is Whitey’s religion, as far as he is concerned.

  • jonmc

    Maybe this is a particular problem with Obama and "lefist" Gov.t's in the U.S., but as a Brit. I have to point out that here and in Europe it doesn't matter whether the Gov.t is "left" or "right" – it always ignores the persecution of Xtian and other minorities by Muslims, whereas it highlights any such persecution against Muslims – aided and abetted by the Media who also seem utterly blinkered where this is concerned.
    I suppose that what I'm saying is twofold: the PC paradigm has infected all UK politicians and thus they can't see, hear or speak about Islamic atrocity (only those done by Xtians) and: can you guys be sure that you don't suffer the same problem?

    • LindaRivera

      Hi jonmc! Vote for British Freedom. They are Britain's last great hope! Read their 20 Point Plan! It should be passed out every day, everywhere! http://britishfreedom.org/

      We must save our countries from Muslim conquest!

  • LindaRivera

    Article: After describing the sheer carnage of thousands of Christians at the hands of Muslim militants, lamented that Obama’s response was to pressure the Nigerian president to make more concessions, including by creating more mosques (the very places that “radicalize” Muslims against “infidel” Christians). End of article quote.

    The Obama-Clinton administration have an intense, rabid hate for Christians (and Jews). They are adamantly opposed to religious freedom for Christians and other non-Muslims and support and empower the most devout, Quran-obedient Muslims in their many jihads and goal of Islamic conquest over hated non-Muslim infidels.

  • AntiSharia

    Just the kind of behavior you should expect from a dhimmini administration.

  • watsa46

    Pr. O and his administration are involved in a war of deception against the US.

  • Gene W 1938

    Satan’s attack on God’s people started with Adam and Eve and has continued since. Satan is in so rush and continuously fails [especially when Christ rose again and the Bible was canonized]. In response to the Bible, Satan authored another ‘holy book’ and that cult believes their prophet also arose on a white horse. Millions died along with the Jews in Germany, Biblical Christians were publically eliminated [secretively they still met and prayed] in Russia, China and North Korea.

    As more people groups, nations and national leaders reject God and His protection, we will continue to see this persecution increase throughout the Islamic world, Europe and USA is not far behind.

    Because the plans and deeds of our atheistic one world leaders are evil, they are vexed by Christianity. As such the will encourage, ignore, and might even rejoice, in the plight of Judeo-Christians. People who never experienced the life-changing experience of becoming a Biblical Christian do not comprehend the significance of this truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    Obama and Hillary are definitely a huge problem but the problem runs deeper at the State Department.
    Admins come and go but career bureaucrats out last them.
    They are the ones who subsidize and help build up nuke weapons platforms for countries like North Korea and Pakistan.
    They think if they just call it Humanitarian Aid no one will notice.
    They are the mental giants who advocated advanced weapons and tactics training for the PLO.
    And they are the ones who began to drive American foreign policy into the hands of the Mo Bros even before Obama. Once the One got elected, they had the green light they needed to kiss out in the open.

    And once one of the weapons they so generously provided funds for reaches an American city and turns it to ashes, they will immediately blame the Jews and Israel.
    That in a nut shell sums up the current administration's entire foreign policy posture vis a vis Iran.

  • Lou

    / Preach it, Raymond! And Bravo! What's seen below is what I stumbled upon while on the computer. Enjoy. /

    THE BARACK-COLI PLAGUE

    (Some definitions from A Kansas Patriot)

    (1) Barack-coli: a veggie the first George Bush hated – or a lowdown bacterium that has become a national plague.

    (2) Mecca wafers: Barack's favorite candy.

    (3) White House fence: a well-known border fence not high enough to keep out criminals and anyone who's illegal.

    (4) Nancy Pelosi: BO-toxic.

    (For more on BO, Google or MSN "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up" and "The Anti-Chick-fil-A Jihad.")