Pope calls for prayers for persecuted Christians over Pentecost weekend #free2Pray #Pentecost #Persecution
The Pope expressed his hope that the prayer vigil will “increase awareness” of the “drama of persecuted Christians in our day” and of religious freedom as an “inalienable human right,” as well as to “bring an end to this unacceptable crime”.
“The 9/11 Commission Report” and the companion report, “9/11 and Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,” addressed a number of issues concerning how Al Qaeda was able to carry out attacks against the U.S., not just on September 11, 2001, but in a number of prior attacks.
High on the list of root causes of the attacks were failures of the visa process and the immigration system, including concerns about border security and the inspections process conducted at ports of entry by employees of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service).
The failure of the immigration system to routinely apprehend illegal aliens was also identified as a serious vulnerability that terrorists have exploited and likely will continue to exploit.
The adjudications process for immigration benefits also came under scrutiny, and the lack of integrity to the process enabling fraud to go undetected raised concerns such fraud had provided terrorists with the ability to embed themselves in communities around the U.S.
‘ISIS terrorist’ is seen offering a peace sign as he arrives in Europe aboard a migrant boat just one month before he would be accused of killing scores of tourists in Tunisian museum massacre
“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.” –Saint Catherine of Siena #PrayWithoutCeasing
Kirsten Powers stated that President Barack Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.”
The president’s response appears to be United States policy. Evidence suggests that within the administration not only is there no passion for persecuted Christians under threat of genocide from the Islamic State, there is no room for them, period. In fact, despite ISIS’ targeting of Iraqi Christians specifically because they are Christians, and, as such, stand in the way of a pure, Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East (and beyond), the U.S. State Department has made it clear that “there is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation.”
On April 30, The Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom director, Nina Shea, wrote about the State Department’s refusing a non-immigrant visa to Iraqi Catholic nun. Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena was to come to Washington and testify about what ISIS is doing to Christians and other religious minorities (all the non-Christian members of the delegation were approved). She received a refusal letter saying, “You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.” And she was told at the U.S. consulate in Erbil that she was denied “because she was an IDP [Internally Displaced Person].” In other words, Sister Diana would use her non-immigrant visa to remain illegally in the United States. You know you can’t trust those Brides of Christ to keep their word!
In a follow up article on May 3, Shea revealed that the State Department requested that she revise her article. Shea refused, and wrote, concerning the State Department’s actions:
Those who decided to block Sister Diana from entering this country on a visitor visa acted in a manner consistent with the administration’s pattern of silence when it comes to the Christian profile of so many of the jihadists’ “convert-or-die” victims in Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq. In typical U.S. condolence statements, targeted Christians have been identified simply as “lives lost,” “Egyptian citizens,” “Kenyan people,” “innocent victims,” or “innocent Iraqis.”