Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is blasting President Obama and his administration for playing politics with human tragedy around the world, specifically Christian persecution, and failing to prevent a handful of terrorists from growing into the powerful ISIS army now rampaging across Iraq.
“Whatever it is, it seems like this administration can’t find their tongue in time to actually prevent any of this tragedy,” Franks said in an interview posted online Friday by Concerned Women for America.
Franks, who leads the International Religious Freedom Caucus in the House, was interviewed about the persecution of Christians by Shari Rendall, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee director of House legislation.
Pointing out the extreme dangers Christians face worldwide, he said Obama administration officials “only respond when the politics become so antithetical to them that they have to.”
Franks cited the recent case of Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to die for her Christian faith but later released. He also noted Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran; the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria; the Muslim Brotherhood persecution of Christians in Egypt; and ISIS.
“The bottom line is if you don’t have religious freedom, there’s no hope for any other kind of freedom,” Franks told CWFA. “Religious freedom’s the cornerstone of all other freedoms.”
He said religious freedom “is fundamental and basic,” but “not everyone in the world believes that.”
He called ISIS “the most dangerous group so far that we’ve ever seen arise ultimately as Islamist terrorists.”
“They make al-Qaida, who was horrifying, look like a bunch of Cub Scouts,” he said. “They’re extremely dangerous in their desire to hurt, and destroy and torture. Of those who do not hold their perspective, Christians seem to be at the top of their list.”
He said something must be done to stop them.
“They’re incredibly dangerous. If the free world stands by and lets these monsters do what they are doing, then not only will those monsters in the not too distant future knock on our door, but we will certainly have invited them because in my judgment we have to keep in mind that there is evil in the world.”
They are not like other enemies, Franks said.
“If we’re not willing to confront, it will kind of smell fear and it will be supercharged in its attack,” he said. “I think that’s what’s happened.”
Written by BOB UNRUH
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