Clinton Breaks with Obama, Calling ISIS Treatment of Christians ‘Genocide’

By Published on December 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton broke with President Barack Obama over the plight of Christians and other ethnic and religious minority groups in the Middle East, telling a New Hampshire crowd that the Islamic State’s persecution of them should be labeled a “genocide.” …

The State Department has spent months debating whether to label the Islamic State’s attacks against members of a different religious minority, the Yazidis, a “genocide,” a designation that carries significant legal, political and historical implications. Christian groups and Republicans have urged Secretary of State John Kerry to include Iraqi and Syrian Christians as well.

Last week, Obama nodded to those concerns as he highlighted the plight of the region’s Christians in an unusually somber Christmas Day message. “In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL,” he said.

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