Tony Perkins Says Obama State Department Is to Blame for Rise In Global Christian Persecution

(PHOTO: REUTERS/AHMED JADALLAH) Displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, September 6, 2014.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/AHMED JADALLAH)
Displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, September 6, 2014.

The continued rise in Christian persecution across the globe in the past few years can be connected to Obama State Department’s “misplaced priorities,” leading social conservative activist Tony Perkins has asserted.

On Wednesday, Open Doors USA released its extensive 2017 World Watch List of top 50 countries where Christians are the most persecuted, which found that 2016 was the “worst year of persecution on record.”

This report comes as Open Doors has found in each of the last three years that persecution against Christians because of their faith had reached previously unprecedented levels.

Speaking with The Christian Post on Wednesday night, Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council who is often vocal about the importance of the United States government doing its part to protect international religious freedom, said the Obama State Department’s policies of promoting the LGBT movement and abortion in countries across the globe has come at the cost of religious freedom worldwide.

“Open Doors USA released their 2017 watch list and for the third year in a row there has been this growth in persecution of Christians abroad,” he said. “You cannot look at this spread of anti-Christian persecution toward Christians absent of the policies of this administration.”

“To a large degree, not exclusively, the problem is as acute as it is because of the way this State Department has been operating,” Perkins continued. “That is why it is so important that the incoming administration and the incoming secretary of state be willing to take on an agenda that is layered within the department and not going to go away simply with new appointees.”

Perkins has been a critic of the State Department’s promotion of the LGBT movement and abortion, pointing out how the Obama administration has tied foreign assistance funds to governments’ willingness to embrace the sexual agenda and has also funded efforts to legalize abortion in some African countries. He also listed a number of ways the State Department has promoted the liberal social agenda.

“Key to that foreign policy is the State Department that has been promoting the LGBT agenda, which John Kerry has bragged about as recently as this past week. Barack Obama has bragged about it. Hillary Clinton bragged about it,” Perkins added. “It’s all been to the detriment of its statutorily defined role of promoting religious freedom as a part of their foreign policy.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith