As the world continues to look on in dismay at the barbaric atrocities committed against Christian minorities by the Islamic State—the self-proclaimed new "caliphate"—today, April 24, marks the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities by Turkey's Islamic Ottoman Empire—the last caliphate.
Most American historians who have examined the question agree that what the Armenians experienced was a deliberate, calculated genocide:
More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [that is, 2,500 years before the Islamic Turks invaded and occupied Anatolia, now known as "Turkey"] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000. more >>
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a prominent social conservative commentator, asserted Wednesday that the Obama administration's limitations on religious freedoms domestically is "emboldening" the Islamic State's attacks on Christians abroad.
Perkins, who testified before a Senate subcommittee in March and stated that the U.S.' growing intolerance toward religious freedoms in the domestic marketplace and public sector is "giving rise" to religious persecution abroad, further claimed in an email to FRC followers, which The Christian Post obtained, that the Obama administration has done little to deter Islamic extremism abroad.
"Ask Christian Wives, mothers and daughters overseas. Their husbands, sons and fathers are being beheaded or shot by radical Islamic jihadists like ISIS. They are being driven from their homes. Children are being martyred," Perkins explained. "And our administration has done little to help, and for months resisted calling this massacre of Christians by Islamic jihadists what it is." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has warned that pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans imprisoned in Iran seem likely to be forgotten by President Barack Obama's administration in the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
Beside Abedini, the law group has identified Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson as three other U.S. citizens being held in Iranian prisons.
ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow wrote for Fox News on Wednesday that forgetting these Americans in the negotiations would be "outrageous," but the signs are showing that it might very well become a reality. more >>
Armenian-American activists have said that it's a "national disgrace" and a "betrayal" that President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the 1915 massacre of close to 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, despite previously promising to do so.
The LA Times reported that White House officials have made clear the president will not use the word genocide when he commemorates the deaths on Friday, which marks the 100th anniversary of the massacres.
"The president's surrender represents a national disgrace," said Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Washington-based Armenian National Committee of America. "It is a betrayal of the truth, and it is a betrayal of trust." more >>
A group of Muslims recently threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy for praying to Jesus. When Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event, President Obama was standing next to him but chose to remain silent. He would have spoken out if the victims were Muslims, writes Fox News' Kirsten Powers in a column.
As Renzi was questioned about the incident at a joint press conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, Obama was "mute on the killings," Powers writes in her column in USA Today.
"The problem is not a problem of (a) clash of religions," Renzi claimed. And the president "failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith," she adds. more >>
An Arizona-based legal group has filed a lawsuit in federal court demanding that the Internal Revenue Service divulge information about an agreement it made with an atheist organization regarding the monitoring of churches.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group based in Scottsdale filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia earlier this month.
ADF's complaint charges that the IRS has failed to honor a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Alliance regarding the details of an agreement between the tax collecting federal body and the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>