That's the good news; the bad news is that the Brethren are petitioning the Obama Regime for said designation. The same Obama Regime that isn't resisting and has no desire to fight or stop the Islamic State AND is, at best, utterly indifferent to the fate of Christians elsewhere in the world and irredeemably hostile to them here at home, and at worst, quietly applauds their slaughter and "cleansing" from the Middle East and believes that "they had it coming".
The twenty-first century apostles are heroic and are absolutely doing the right thing, but I do not envy them their task:
Christian leaders are urging the Obama administration to classify the religious-based killings by the Islamic State (ISIS) as "genocide," Politico reports....
The "genocide" designation could help make it possible for victims of persecution to gain refugee status and force the United States to act on their behalf.
Now THERE would be a quid pro quo for you; if The One is bound and determined to absorb hundreds of thousands of Muslim "refugees" into our towns, communities, and neighborhoods, would he be willing to extend the same courtesy to their Christian victims to make it happen?
The State Department already is debating whether to assign the "genocide" label to Yazidis, who practice a religion that mixes Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. That decision is expected soon.
Sure, they will. They're pagans, not Christians, after all.
The question above is, of course, rhetorical. Congressional Republicans could hold all 535 seats and they'd still have zero leverage over O because he's got all the power; consequently, he doesn't have to acquiesce to any quid pro quo nor cut any "deals" with the GOP. But it would be fascinating to see what he would do if he had to make that choice. I'm genuinely uncertain which way he would go.
Regardless, it's not as if Foggy Bottom doesn't have plenty of evidence supporting the Christian genocide designation:
"They include evidence of ISIS assassinations of Church leaders; mass murders; torture; kidnapping for ransom in the Christian communities of Iraq and Syria; its sexual enslavement and systematic rape of Christian girls and women; its practices of forcible conversions to Islam; its destruction of churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and Christian artifacts; and its theft of lands and wealth from Christian clergy and laity alike."
The fact that the Obama Regime has to be lobbied to apply a label to this infamy that ought to be a self-evident no-brainer really tells us all we need to know.