• U.S. Gov’t Takes Stand: Jihadists’ Murdering Nigerian Christians Must Stop

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    Surge Summary: The U.S. State Department has issued formal concern about the situation in Nigeria, where Muslim Jihadists are persecuting and killing Nigerian Christians. This is a significant step which, hopefully, a potential Biden/Harris will not repeal simply because it occurred under Donald Trump. 

    by Gary Bauer

    Fighting Christian Persecution

    I am pleased to report that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has designated Nigeria as a “country of particular concern” due to the increasing persecution of Christians in Africa’s most populous country.

    I was blessed to play a role in this designation as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  The Commission has been urging this step for some time now.  Recently I and other commissioners sent a strong letter to the State Department urging immediate action given the deteriorating situation.

    What is happening in parts of Nigeria is an Islamic jihad against Christians.  Almost every Sunday, churches are attacked and Christians in Nigeria are murdered.

    Incredibly, there is an attempt to explain away the bloodshed as an ongoing dispute between farmers and herders competing for scarce resources.  That is beyond absurd.

    There are no radical Christian groups in Nigeria killing Muslims or blowing up mosques.  But Christians are being slaughtered there.  Sadly, the government of Nigeria has been passive and ineffective.  A week does not go by that I don’t interact with Nigerian Christians begging for help.

    While the State Department designation won’t end the conflict in Nigeria, it is a significant step forward with major implications for international aid and foreign policy.

    Hopefully, the Biden/Harris administration, if they prevail in the ongoing legal battles, won’t see this as just another Trump/Pence/Pompeo policy that must be reflexively reversed.

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    Originally Posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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