Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2016 / 18:05 pm
Most Americans support a broad recognition of Islamic State atrocities against Christians and other minorities as genocide, a recent survey says.
About 55 percent of U.S. respondents to a Marist Poll agreed that the targeting of Christians and other religious minorities meets the U.N. definition of genocide. Only 36 percent disagreed.
"The American people, together with presidential candidates and elected officials of both political parties agree that Christians and other religious minorities are facing genocide in the Middle East," Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, said Dec. 30.
"With such a bi-partisan consensus, inaction on a declaration of genocide by Congress and the State Department is unconscionable. An entire year has gone by with their silence. The time for action is now – while those being persecuted can still be saved."