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Legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide relief to victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria and to hold perpetrators, namely the Islamic State, accountable. The Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016 was introduced on Sept. 9 by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) with bipartisan support. ISIS is “ideologically […] Read More

Something notable occurred in May in Indonesia: Muslims came to the defense of persecuted Christians. As reported in Christianity Today and CNN, 300 Islamic leaders from 30 countries came together to denounce religious extremism within Islam, which has led not only to violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims but also to the persecution of Christians […] Read More

A new word keeps showing up in the news describing radical Islamic groups – “takfÄ«r.” It’s the English transliteration of an Arabic word that means “to anathematize” or “to declare someone apostate or an infidel.” The ideology of takfÄ«rÄ« groups (for example, ISIS, al-Qaida and so on) draws a very tight circle around what is […] Read More

The United Nations’ Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has determined that the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh) is committing genocide against the Yazidi people. Following an explanation of what constitutes genocide and a detailed overview of violence perpetrated by ISIS against the Yazidis, the commission’s report, released on Thursday, June […] Read More

What do you believe? How do you decide what you believe? Is it because you read it somewhere, someone you know and trust told it to you, or you witnessed or experienced something that led you to draw a particular conclusion? And, how do you determine the “sources of authority” from which you are more […] Read More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Islamic State (Daesh) actions in the Middle East against Christians, Yezidis and other religious groups to be genocide. “In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Christians, Yezidis and Shia Muslims,” he stated on Thursday morning (March 17). “Daesh is […] Read More

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution on Monday evening (March 14) to declare actions by the Islamic State (also known as Daesh) against religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians, to be genocide. This bipartisan resolution stated, “The atrocities committed against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities targeted specifically for […] Read More

I have received a number of invitations from the West to speak about the crisis in Syria and particularly about the massive refugee migration into Europe. The question that keeps coming is: “How should the church in the West respond to the massive refugee influx?” The first issue to address is the fear that many […] Read More

The U.S. State Department was asked last week if the Islamic State (IS, also called ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) was committing genocide. An earlier report by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) labeled IS actions toward the Yezidi people in northern Iraq and Syria as genocide. A reporter asked the State Department to respond to […] Read More

Would you believe it? It turns out that more than 12 conferences and consultations have already been organized by international Islamic bodies in order to condemn the behavior of ISIS in the year following the group’s emergence in the summer of 2014. Even though their lists of conclusions and recommendations are extensively available online, they […] Read More