U.S. House praised for defining 'genocide'

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Capitol 2Sometimes a single word has power behind it, and in the U.S. House of Representatives that word is "genocide."

Nate Lance of International Christian Concern says a resolution passed by the U.S. House this week raises the issue of slaughtered Christians in the Middle East far beyond war or terrorist attacks.

"And in doing so it really compels the international community to act at a higher level," Lance says of the resolution. "There is that heightened awareness in the international community that often times leads to more action to defeat ISIS and end these atrocities that they've been committing."

ISIS beheadingsOneNewsNow reported in a March 7 story about a bipartisan effort by the House Foreign Affairs Committee to back the resolution, which passed the full House this week with a unanimous vote.

An official response from the State Department is expected Thursday.

The definition of genocide, Lance explains, is the specific targeting and attempted eradication of a group.

In the countries of Syria and Iraq, those groups include Christians and the Yazidis.

"So it's been very clear that there's been a problem and that it should be termed genocide," he says.

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