- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2014

Hundreds of outraged Iraqi Christians staged a rally outside the White House, demanding to know why President Obama wasn’t providing any aid to the scores of faithful being persecuted by radical Muslims around the world.

The rallies were replicated at cities around the world, including in Paris, The Hague, Cologne and London, Breitbart reported.

Among their chants, Breitbart reported: “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians call for you.”

It was just a week ago that terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ordered Christians out of Mosul and demanded they convert to Islam or die.

“Iraq’s Christians are being ignored by the United States, the United Nations and the human rights organizations,” said one bishop who made a 12-hour ride from Chicago with his parishioners to the Washington, D.C., rally, Breitbart reported. “For us, America is a symbol of freedom and protection of human rights. I think of America in World War II, when America came to the rescue of Europe. Then, the enemy was the Nazis. Today it is ISIS. The names are different, but the religious cleansing is the same.”

Another attendee — a Muslim — said “what I see today in the world is not the Islam I grew up with,” Breitbart reported. He went on: “I had many Christian friends growing up. I attended the Jesuit College in Baghdad. I am here today to show my support for my Christian friends.”

Demonstrators in general vented frustration at the Obama administration’s seeming lackadaisical response to the assaults on Christianity and on Christians in the Muslim-dominated Middle East and, more specifically, on the White House failure to respond to ISIL’s crackdown on Christians.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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