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Biden Ignores Massacre And Persecution Of Nigerian Christians

The Biden administration is facing pressure from numerous conservative, human rights and religious organizations for failing to designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern ("CPC") for the brutal killing of over 200 Christians during Christmas season massacres

perpetrated by Muslims.

 

On Jan. 4, Blinken announced that he’d designated a series of countries, including Iran and Russia, as a CPC, but Nigeria was notably left off the list.

 

In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, two dozen interest groups, led by Advancing American Freedom and including ConservativeHQ.com, Alliance Defending Freedom, the Hudson Institute, former Ambassador Sam Brownback and former defense and national security officials, excoriated the State Department for its "refusal" to designate Nigeria as a CPC – calling the lack of action "unconscionable."

 

The letter notes that the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), a Nigeria-based nonprofit, has found that more than 52,000 Christians have been killed and more than 14 million Christians have been forced to flee Nigeria since 2009.

 

Over that same period, Intersociety documented that 18,000 churches and 2,200 schools had been attacked.

 

Text of the letter and list of signers follows:

 

 

The Honorable Antony Blinken

Secretary

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20520

 

Secretary Blinken:

 

Your refusal to designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (“CPC”) for severe violations of religious freedom is completely unconscionable.

 

Less than two weeks ago, almost 200 Nigerian Christians became martyrs while celebrating Christmas. According to one account, these Christians were “killed for sport.”

 

Just weeks earlier, the Christian Association of Nigeria received a letter threatening them against celebrating Christmas.

 

If this is not religious persecution, then what is?

 

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), a Nigeria-based non-profit, has found that more than 52,000 Christians have been killed and more than 14 million Christians have been forced to flee Nigeria since 2009. Over that same period, Intersociety also found that 18,000 churches and 2,200 schools have been attacked.

 

Again - if this is not religious persecution, then what is?

 

The international religious freedom community stands outraged at your refusal to hold these acts of evil to account. Within hours of your announcement, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (“USCIRF”) called for a congressional hearing, and international religious freedom advocates publicly criticized your decision.

 

While the Trump-Pence Administration designated Nigeria as a CPC, your administration has reversed this designation without explanation as to why the slaughter of Nigerian Christians is not “of Particular Concern” to the U.S. Department of State.

 

The eyes of the world look to the United States as a beacon of hope and freedom. Religious

freedom is grounded in the American founding, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and quintessential to what it means to be an American. When the United States stands silent as evil runs amok, the

world takes notice.

 

We request that you immediately reverse course and re-designate Nigeria as a CPC.

 

Respectfully,

Paul Teller

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom

 

Frank Wolf

Former Member

United States Congress

 

Tony Perkins

Former Chair

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

 

Ambassador Sam Brownback

The Brownback Group

 

Brent Bozell

Founder and President

Media Research Center

 

Rick Santorum

Chairman

Patriot Voices

 

Brian Burch

President

CatholicVote

 

McKenna Wendt

Advocacy Manager

International Christian Concern

 

Arielle Del Turco

Director of the Center for Religious Liberty

Family Research Council

 

Tom McClusky

Director of Government Affairs

CatholicVote

 

J. Michael Waller

Senior Strategy Analyst

Center for Security Policy

 

Larry Cirignano

Children First Foundation

 

Evans Nnamdi Nwankwo

President & CEO

Megen Construction Company

 

Rev. Dr. Art Lindsley

Vice President of Theological Initiatives

Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics

 

Kristen Waggoner

President and CEO

Alliance Defending Freedom

ADF International

 

Maureen Blum

Executive Director

Catholics Count

 

Nina Shea

Director

Center for Religious Freedom

Hudson Institute

 

Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

Director

Conscience Project

 

Jane Adolphe

Executive Director

International Catholic Jurists Forum

 

Richard Perle

Former Assistant Secretary

Department of Defense

 

Kristen A. Ullman

President

Eagle Forum

 

Sarah Makin

Former Senior Director

National Security Council

 

Greg Tweddell

Founding Pastor

Ignition633 Ministries

 

William Murray

President

Religious Freedom Coalition

 

The Honorable George K Rasley Jr

Managing Editor

 

Ben Nwankwo

President

A.W.A. Organization



  • Nigeria genocide

  • Christians

  • Muslim genocide

  • Nigeria burned schools and churches

  • genocide

  • Fulani Muslims

  • Boko Haram

  • Sharia law

  • Obama administration

  • Sister Moniker Chikwe

  • United States Agency for International Development

  • Christian persecution

  • ISIS

  • Hamas

  • Hezbollah

  • Al Qaeda

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