President Obama’s refusal to acknowledge the motivation behind the most recent terrorist outrage in the Middle East amounts to ignoring “genocide” as it unfolds.
That was the message Family Research Council President Tony Perkins brought to Fox News host Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Monday.
Perkins argued that the terrorists who beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach in a video released Sunday had no trouble naming the motivation behind the crime – it was aimed at “people of the cross,” the video said, in the name of “Allah.”
Meanwhile, the official White House response avoided naming either the victims or the ideology of the killers. It condemned the “barbarity” of the group it calls ISIL (without ever saying what the “I” stands for), it even called some killers “terrorists,” but never said the word “Christians.”
“ISIS apparently has no difficulty saying ‘Christian,’ while the White House has a very difficult time,” Perkins told Kelly.
Other world leaders had no such compunctions. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement saying he was “appalled by the murder of Christians in Libya, a simply barbaric and inhumane act.”
While in Rome, Pope Francis showed a rare display of public anger, denouncing the murders for what they were: An attack on Christianity itself.
“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,
The Twitter world, meanwhile, lit up over the omission.
Perkins said the lesson is clear, even if the Obama administration refuses to understand it – or pretends not to.
“What we are seeing unfold in the Middle East is genocide,” Perkins told host Megyn Kelly. “Our president is refusing to acknowledge these Islamists are religiously motivated.”
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