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Sen. Paul Speaks in Defense of Christians in the Middle East

December 9, 2014 in Politics & Elections

Sen. Rand Paul today questioned Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor for the Department of State, at the Senate Foreign Relations Human Rights Subcommittee Hearing, ‘ISIL’s Reign of Terror: Confronting the Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq and Syria.’ A video and transcript of Sen. Paul’s opening remarks can be found below.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. PAUL’S REMARKSTRANSCRIPT: Thank you Chairman Boxer and thank you for holding this hearing today. Given the unrelenting stream of gruesome images and reporting from the occupied areas of Iraq and Syria – this is an extremely upsetting topic to all of us. Since the emergence this past summer of the murderous Salafi jihadist group known as the Islamic State, Americans and the global community have looked on in horror as the group has sacked town after town, village after village, in the border areas of Syria and Iraq, imposing their extremist brand of Islam on tens of thousands. An obvious menace now, with tens of thousands of men under arms, the so-called Islamic State represents a clear threat to U.S. facilities and personnel in the region. But it is much more than barely a threat now to those who have not or will not be able to flee to refugee camps or safer ground. The information we have learned from those remaining in the occupied areas, who are trying to survive the Islamic State paints a desperate picture. The stories these people tell- their first hand accounts of the brutality and oppression they have endured at the hands of these radical jihadists are gut-wrenching. In particular the gentleman Canon Andrew White, who is referred to as the Vicar of Baghdad, has described some unreal and really troubling stories. He describes four Iraqi Christian children who were all beheaded by the Islamic State. They were told ‘convert to Islam, or die.’ His quote: ‘ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Muhammad.’ The children, all under 15 years of age, said ‘no, we love Yeshua,’ which is their word for Jesus. ‘We have always loved Yeshua. We have always followed Yeshua. Yeshua has always been with us.’ The Vicar of Baghdad reports: ‘And at that point, they were condemned to death and their heads were chopped off.’ I think we need to hear voices on this, not only our voice but I …read more


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