President Obama can’t call them “Christians.”
The 21 men beheaded on a Mediterranean beach in a video released by Islamist savages Sunday were killed because of their Coptic Christian faith, by men who proclaimed the reason for the murders before the whole world. And the White House won’t say the word.
“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” a statement issued by the White House said.
“ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL. “
Typical of the Obama White House, the statement waffles on the one central fact of the matter. The men butchered on the beach weren’t just Egyptian “citizens.” And they weren’t just “innocents.”
They were Christians, murdered for their faith. And the murderers made no bones about it. The sick propaganda movie describes the victims as “people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian [Coptic] church.”
But the White House remains stubbornly, deliberately obtuse.
Fortunately, not every world capital is as constrained.
In England, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement saying he was “appalled by the murder of Christians in Libya, a simply barbaric and inhumane act.”
And in Rome, Pope Francis denounced the murders for what they were.
“Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians,” he said while addressing visiting clergy from the Church of Scotland, according to Reuters.
“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians!”
But for the Obama White House, Islamist terrorists – acting in the name of their faith – have nothing to do with Islam. And Christian victims – chosen for specifically for their faith – have nothing to do with Christianity.
Because President Obama can’t call them “Christians.”
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