For many weeks now, we have heard the tragic news of the slaughter of thousands of innocent people in Iraq by ISIS, while the response from the U.S government has been tepid and ineffective. In this post, you will learn exactly what you can do to help stop ISIS and the genocide of Christians in Iraq, and help aide those affected in Iraq. Your action on this is critical!
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls ISIS an “imminent threat” to every interest we have. Two American journalists have been beheaded. Reports of brutality and evil are so horrific they are beyond words–innocent children beheaded, men crucified, women being raped, people forced from their homes if they do not renounce their Christian faith and convert to Islam. But despite these evil acts, there is a sense that the outrage of the average citizen and a mass outrage by society is not being voiced or heard as much as it could be and needs to be.
On August 29, Chaldean Catholic Church leader, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako authored this letter with an impassioned plea to the international community to speak up and act in defense of Iraqi Christians and other persecuted minorities in the country. He is begging the international community to help:
Patriarch Sako says pressure must be put on “decision-makers at home and abroad to ensure a life, free and safe, for them in their own Iraq.“
A whole month passed after the plight of Iraqi Christians and Yezidis and other minorities, as if it was meant to be. The curtains have been drawn on the painful events, and 120,000 Christians are uprooted from their historical homeland because the Political Islam does not want them there, and the world is silent, standing still, either because it approves or because it is incapable of acting. This encourages ISIS to move forward with its ferocious war against culture and diversity and threatening the intellectual and social security. The suffering of the displaced Christians and other minorities is mounting: their needs are escalating and their fears of an unknown future of their shocked children, seized towns, and looted houses keep them sleepless! These people were living in their hometowns in prosperity, pride and dignity; in the blink of an eye, they were ousted from their homes, terrified and fleeing on foot in search of a shelter. It is a scene that takes us back to the dark centuries of the past although it has become a horrific reality of our present civilization!
What these peaceful Christians and loyal citizens experienced is a real genocide, a sad ending, and a proof of the privation of the religious, human, moral, and national values. Therefore, it is a shameful stain in history. Everybody should know is a threat for all! (more)
ISIS has already declared they will go after western targets next. What can you do? Plenty. Here is what you can do immediately:
- Contact the White House to urge stronger action against ISIS and to protect Iraqi Christians. Specifically, call President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes. Phone: 202-456-9301. (Note, the phone will probably be answered as “Resource Center.” Ask for Ben Rhodes’ office to be passed to his administrator so you can leave a message. Here is a suggested message, but feel free to modify and make it your own:
“Hi, my name is ____ calling from ___ [state]. I’d like for Mr. Rhodes to pass my feedback to President Obama. I’m calling to urge the President to take the strongest direct military action possible to destroy ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, and to also act to provide the most extensive humanitarian assistance possible to the 120,000 Christians and other minorities forced from their homes and persecuted by ISIS for their religious beliefs. Can you assist me by giving this message to Mr. Rhodes?”
2. Contact your U.S. Senators and Reps by phone asking them to urge the President to take stronger action. Use the same message as above, but say you are calling to ask the Senator/Rep to ask the President to take the strongest action possible to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria and to help the 120,000 Christians and other minorities forced from their homes and at risk of genocide. Click here to find the phone number for your Senator or Rep. (just enter your zip code, or click on your state)
3. Make a donation to support humanitarian relief to the Iraqi Christians. Click here for the website of HelpIraq, which will let you make a donation to the medical emergency relief fund for Christian Iraqis. All donations will go to help the Chistian refugees in Iraq, who desperately need your help.
4. Share this message. Ask others to take action by forwarding this email to friends, family members and co-workers. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites. Forward it to your favorite blogger or news outlet and ask them to post it.
5. Email Cardinal Sean O’Malley and ask him to ask the US Catholic Bishops to all run a second collection to support humanitarian relief for the Iraqi Christians. Send to these two emails: archbishopsean_o’firstname.lastname@example.org and Terrence_Donilon@rcab.org.
6. Pray. Pray a Rosary today, and start a 54-day Rosary Novena for the intention of the Iraqi Christians and the destruction of ISIS.
It is said that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. We cannot allow the evil of ISIS to continue. Your actions can make a difference, so do take the time today to let Washington know you feel it is urgent the President take action, share this message with others, and also please do whatever you can to support the persecuted Iraqi Christians and minorities.