Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to addressing persecution of Christians around the world and urged Americans to call the targeting of Christians by Islamic terrorists genocide during a speech Thursday.
“Throughout the world, no people of faith today face greater hostility or hatred than the followers of Christ,” Pence said at the World Summit In Defense of Persecuted Christians, organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
“The [Christian] faith is under siege,” Pence told the audience of around 600 people, particularly by ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists. Across the world, “over 215 million Christians confront intimidation, imprisonment, forced conversion, abuse, assault, and worse for holding to the truths of the Gospel,” Pence said.
All absolutely true, although you will rarely hear leftist-progressives mention this fact.
The decline of Christianity in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in Middle East, where “the messages of our Lord were first uttered,” must be addressed, Pence continued. Extremist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram “seek to stamp out any religions that are not their own” and harbor a particular hatred of Christians, according to Pence.
Again, all true. However, one wonders whether some good could come from the ISIS situation. For example, given the war in Syria, and given the present division of the territory there, perhaps the best way to help Christians in that region would be the creation of a solely Christian state. Indeed, creating a safe haven in the Middle East for Christians — just like Israel is for Jews — could perhaps be a great gift to Christians there. And if this ever was achieved, then the irony would be spectacular, for it would mean that the Caliphate-seeking ISIS might have actually served as the catalyst for the establishment of a truly Christian State in the Middle East in modern times.