Historic vote: Unanimous Congress agrees ISIS committing genocide against Christians

DC-NEWS 300X71By Jonah Bennett

In a historic vote, the House unanimously threw its support behind a resolution proclaiming Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other minorities.

GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry forwarded the resolution, which passed 393 to 0 Monday, sending a strong message to Secretary of State John Kerry who is set to make a determination on genocide Thursday.

For Fortenberry, putting aside partisan differences is a rare feat and should not be taken lightly.

“It is my sincere hope that this trans-partisan resolution will further compel the State Department to join the building international consensus in calling the horrific ISIS violence against Christians, Yezidis, and others by its proper name: ‘genocide,’” Fortenberry said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Other international organizations have declared ISIS is committing genocide against Christians, but the Obama administration has dragged its feet, mostly because an official finding of genocide carries far more weight than a mere House resolution. The last time the U.S. made an official determination of genocide was in 2004 in response to rampant massacres in Darfur, though even in that case a declaration did not legally obligate the U.S. to engage in any positive action under the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention. But with genocide in hand, there may at minimum be a referral to the Security Council to establish some sort of tribunal to prosecute any individuals involved.

Despite the fast approaching deadline, the Obama administration said not to expect anything by Thursday, as a legal review is still in development.

House Speaker Paul Ryan thrashed the Obama administration for delaying a determination.

The Knights of Columbus is one such example of an international organization that has released a detailed report showing 1,131 Christians in Iraq have been killed from 2003 to 2014. There are only 300,000 Christians left in Iraq and Syria. Many are looking to flee, despite long-standing roots stemming back 6,700 years.

Aside from international organizations, prominent individuals like Pope Francis have labeled the attacks as a brutal genocide. Even Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton flat-out said the systemic attacks perpetrated by ISIS against Christians and other minorities constitute genocide.

Follow Jonah Bennett on Twitter

 Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected]


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles