U.S. Declares ISIS Guilty of Genocide

State Department sealMeeting a Congressionally-mandated deadline, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this week announced that the State Department has determined that ISIS is guilty of genocidal action against Christians and other minorities.  In a press briefing, Secretary Kerry said that ISIS “is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions - in what it says, what it believes, and what it does.”  He also stated, “There is no question in my mind that if [ISIS] succeeded in establishing its so-called caliphate, it would seek to destroy what remains of ethnic and religious mosaic once thriving in the region.”

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, welcomed Secretary Kerry’s verdict and affirmed, “Now the United States is morally compelled to act in defense of our brothers and sisters whose lives and cultural heritage are being viciously assaulted simply because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Notably, Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, held a special session on this genocide featuring Canon Andrew White, Vicar Emeritus of St. George's Church in Baghdad, who spoke from firsthand experience about the terrors of ISIS.

NRB will continue to urge for government and faith leaders to acknowledge the reality of, and to pursue a call to action against, the persecution of Christians overseas, particularly in ISIS-occupied regions.

  • More information about the background for this genocide declaration is available here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: March 18, 2016

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