Congressman Ryan Can’t be in DC for Vote

March 21st, 2016

Logo Greetings All,

Just an update…Congressman Tim Ryan a Catholic was unable to be in DC for this vote:

H.Con.Res.75-Expressing the sense of congress that the atrocities perpetrated by
ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities in Irac and Syria include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide

His office stated he was stuck on the runway in Cleveland Ohio. I think all catholics should take note he was unable to be in DC for this vote.

 

 

Stop Genocide

March 11th, 2016

There is Only One Word for What is Happening: Genocide

3/10/2016

A major report submitted to Secretary of State John Kerry making the case that genocide is being waged against Christians in the Middle East was released today by the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians at a news conference at the National Press Club.

The 280-page report includes substantial material not previously available, including the most comprehensive information to date, not just on churches that have been destroyed, but also on Christians who have been killed, kidnapped, raped, sold into slavery, driven from their homes, and dispossessed. It also details interviews with witnesses to the atrocities that were collected during a Knights of Columbus fact-finding mission to Iraq last month.

Senior State Department officials had requested that the K of C produce such a report four weeks ago, as they neared a congressionally-mandated March 17 deadline for making a determination as to whether or not ISIS was committing genocide against Christians and other minority groups. The report is available online at www.kofc.org and www.StopTheChristianGenocide.org. The latter site also hosts a petition calling on Secretary of State John Kerry not to exclude Christians from a declaration of genocide at the hands of ISIS. The petition has been signed by more than 60,000 people.

The report includes an executive summary, a legal brief outlining the case for a genocide declaration, and addenda including summaries of witness interviews, a database of crimes known to have been committed against Christians by ISIS and its affiliated groups, lists of Christians killed, estimates of the number of dead in various regions under ISIS control, statements by other governments and world leaders, and additional evidence of ISIS’ intent and actions against Christians that has been widely overlooked in the Western media.

“There is only one word that adequately, and legally, describes what is happening to Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. That word is ‘genocide’,” said Supreme Carl Anderson in presenting the report.

He pointed out that the UN Convention on genocide and U.S. statutes that mirror it state that genocide occurs even when the destruction of the group is not complete but only in part. He also noted that non-legal terms such as “ethnic” or “religious” cleansing or even legal terms such as “crimes against humanity” lack the elements necessary to address the situation.

He continued: “In her 2002 book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote that ‘the United States had never in its history intervened to stop genocide, and in fact rarely even made a point of condemning it as it occurred.’” She documents a long history of American inaction in places like Bosnia, Rwanda, and Cambodia.

Anderson commended “the courageous action of [then] Secretary of State Colin Powell who became the first member of any United States administration to apply the label ‘genocide’ to an ongoing conflict when he reported to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that ‘genocide has been committed in Darfur … and that genocide may still be occurring.’”

Anderson noted that “Secretary of State Kerry has a similar opportunity to exercise moral leadership.”

Calling the persecution of Christians – and other religious minorities – in the Middle East “genocide” has global consensus: support comes from a strong majority of the American people, as evidenced by a K of C-Marist poll, and bipartisan support from candidates of both parties, including former Secretary of State Clinton who applied the label to what is happening to Christians.

The report also cites both U.S. and international law which are clear on the matter and support the case that the persecution of Christians in the Middle East meets the legal definition of genocide at every level.

Anderson also noted that over 200 members of Congress from both parties are co-sponsoring H. Con. Res. 75. He added that “today we renew our support for this excellent piece of legislation and applaud its progress.”

“The evidence contained in this report as well as the evidence relied upon by the European Parliament fully support—I would suggest compel—the conclusion that reasonable grounds exist to believe the crime of genocide has been committed,” Anderson said.

“While we believe this to be the most comprehensive report on this subject to date, covering incidents in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Yemen, we continue to receive new reports and new evidence,” said Anderson. But with new reports pouring in every day, he cautioned: “It may only be the tip of the iceberg.”

Anderson noted that Secretary of State John Kerry himself in August 2014 stated: “ISIL’s campaign of terror against the innocent, including Yezidi (sic) and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide.”

Anderson said, the collective evidence, and ISIS’ own public statements and publications make clear that it targets Christians in order to destroy them as a group and Christianity as a religion.

ISIS’ magazine, Dabiq, has promised to destroy the “Crusader army,” a Christian reference, and has labeled Pope Francis “the crusader pope.” ISIS’ videos have encouraged the killing of priests – and Christians in general – as well.

Among the chilling statements in the magazine is this one: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women… If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”

A panel of speakers with expertise in this area also spoke in favor a genocide designation, including Coptic Bishop Anba Angaelos; Chaldean Catholic priests Father Douglas Bazi and Father Dankha Joola, both from Iraq; religious freedom scholar Nina Shea; Catholic University of America law professor Robert Destro; Prof. Greg Stanton, founding president of Genocide Watch; Defying ISIS author Johnnie Moore, and Juliana Taimoorazy.

Help the Knights

February 22nd, 2016

Stop the Christian Genocide

2/22/2016

Stop the Christian Genocide

A new online petition is urging Secretary of State John Kerry not to exclude Christians from a declaration of genocide at the hands of ISIS. Co-sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the Knights of Columbus, the petition can be signed at StopTheChristianGenocide.org

The petition is being promoted by a new nationwide TV ad that includes quotes by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio endorsing a genocide declaration for Christians in the Middle East, a position supported by 55 percent of Americans, according to a 2015 K of C-Marist poll.

“Christians in Iraq and Syria have suffered injustice after injustice by being kidnapped, killed, having their homes and churches confiscated or destroyed, and being forced to flee for their lives. Because of hit squads, they fear to enter UN refugee camps and, as a result, are then often excluded from immigration to the West,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who signed the petition and testified on the matter before a congressional subcommittee in December.

He added, “After all of this, these people deserve to have the U.S. State Department call what has happened to them by its rightful name: genocide — just as the European Parliament, Pope Francis, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and so many other prominent individuals and institutions have already done.”

IDC Executive Director Kirsten Evans said, “The International Association of Genocide Scholars, over 200 members of Congress and over seventy human rights experts and organizations, spanning the nation’s religious and political spectrum, have raised their voices that the treatment of these communities by ISIS meets even the strictest definition of genocide under international law, and must be treated as such.”

The State Department is required by law to make a designation one way or the other on the matter by mid-March.

Signers of the petition “implore” Secretary Kerry “to speak up on behalf of these brutalized minority populations.” They conclude by urging him “to declare that Christians, along with Yazidis and other vulnerable minorities, are targets of ongoing genocide,” arguing that such a declaration meets the criteria established by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

In just its first hours, the online petition attracted some 15,000 signatures, including those of Gov. John Kasich of Ohio; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; U.S. Bishops Conference President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz; Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals; Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Eastern Prelacy); historian Philip Jenkins; human rights experts and activists; and Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

The Knights of Columbus began its Christian Refugee Relief Fund in 2014, with a particular focus on the Middle East. To date, more than $8 million has been raised to provide housing, food, medical aid, education and general relief to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities, especially from Iraq and Syria, and to raise awareness about their plight, including through a #40BucksForLent effort launched on Ash Wednesday. Additional information is available at ChristiansAtRisk.org

IDC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks the protection and preservation of Christians and Christianity in the Middle East through raising global awareness, mobilizing international support, and educating policymakers toward constructive international policies on their behalf. indefenseofchristians.org

That Guy

January 15th, 2016

3rdDegreeI’m the guy who asked to join your organization. I’m the guy who paid his dues to join. I’m the guy who stood up in front of you and promised to be faithful and loyal. I’m the guy who came to your meetings and no one paid attention to. I tried several times to be friends, but they all had their own buddies to talk to and sit next to. I sat down several times, but no one paid any attention to me. I hoped very much that someone would have asked me to take part in a fund raising project or something, but no one saw my efforts when I volunteered. I missed a few meetings after joining because I was sick and couldn’t be there. No one asked me at the next meeting where I had been. I guess it didn’t matter very much to others whether I was there or not. The next meeting, I decided to stay home and watch TV. The following meeting, I attended, but no one asked me where I was for the last meeting. You might say I’m a good guy or a “good family man” who holds a responsible job and loves his community and country. You know who else I am? THE GUY WHO NEVER CAME BACK. It amuses me how the heads of organizations and the members discuss WHY the organization is loosing members. It amuses me to think that they spend so much time looking for NEW members when I was there all the time. All they need to do was make me feel needed, wanted, and WELCOME! Please welcome all new members so they do not become….THAT GUY

Assembly 834 Sportsman Rafle

September 18th, 2015

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