U.S. Military Denies ISIS Targets Christians (Nazarenes)

ByPamela Geller on February 3, 2016

Operation Dhimmitude.

The denial of Christian genocide is Obama policy. “A report by a renowned journalist states that Christians are to be excluded from an impending official United States government declaration of ISIS genocide. If true, it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors.”…. (NRO).

ISIS has declared war on Christians in accordance with Islamic text and teachings. Their message to Christians is the ancient message of Islam to unbelievers: convert, pay a fine, or die.

To identify Christian homes and businesses, the jihadis mark them with a symbol of Christian persecution. National Review’s Christine Sisto has the details:

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The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, had marked homes and businesses owned by Christians with a red, painted ن (pronounced “noon”), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet and the equivalent to the Roman letter N. The ن stands for Nasara or Nazarenes, a pejorative Arabic word for Christians.


These devout Muslims line up Christians (below) and slaughter them:


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“U.S. Military Denies ISIS Targets Christians,” By Raymond Ibrahim, Front Page,  February 3, 2016:
“We’ve seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting towards Christians.” – Col. Steve Warren.

When a 1,400-year-old Iraqi Christian monastery was destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) most of the world condemned the demolition — except for spokesman for the U.S. military’s Operation Inherent Resolve, Col. Steve Warren.

“Thousands [of Iraqi Christians] have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee,” noted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Col. Warren last week.  “There is legitimate fear – you’re there in Baghdad – that the long history of Christians living peacefully, productively in Iraq, is coming to an end.  How worried should we be about the Christian community in Iraq?”

The response: “Wolf, ISIL doesn’t care if you’re a Christian … We’ve seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting towards Christians.”

Wrong:  Roughly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christian citizens have been killed or forced to flee the country by ISIS and its jihadi predecessors over the past decade—and this has everything to do with their religious identity.

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In Iraq and everywhere else it has conquered, ISIS has, at a minimum, rigorously enforced on pain of death Islam’s dhimmi laws, which require Christians to pay extortion money (jizya) and agree to live by a set of degrading rules.

Often, ISIS fighters skip these formalities and simply torture to death Christians who refuse to convert to Islam, sometimes releasing the footage online for propaganda purposes.  Most notable are two videotaped mass executions of 21 Egyptians and 30 Ethiopians in Libya last spring, but there have been many lesser-known cases.  When a group of Iraqi Christian children refused to renounce Christ in 2014, saying “No, we love Jesus,” ISIS decapitated and mangled their bodies.  Last summer in Aleppo, Syria, ISIS tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for refusing to convert.  Escaped eyewitnesses have reported ISIS places Iraqi and Syrian Christians in cages or coffins and sets them on fire.

ISIS has frequently kidnapped Christians and demanded ransom payments for their release, often forcing female captives into sexual slavery. A 12-year-old girl, raped by an Islamic State fighter, was told that “what he was about to do was not a sin” because she “practiced a religion other than Islam.” ISIS has even sent operatives disguised as refugees into U.N. refugee camps in Jordan to kidnap young Christian girls to sell or use as slaves.

The Islamic State is committed to expunging all physical traces of Christianity in areas it conquers, demolishing dozens of ancient churches—in Syria alone, up to 400 churches have been destroyed since the war—not to mention countless crucifixes, statues, graves, and other relics.  It  ordered the University of Mosul to burn all books written by Christians and decreed that all schools in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain that bore Christian names (some since the 1700s) be changed.

As for the occasion of Warren’s comments—ISIS’ destruction of a 1,400 year-old monastery—this is nothing new. Last summer ISIS set fire to a 1,800 year-old church in Mosul and bulldozed a 1,600 year-old monastery in Homs for “worshipping a God other than Allah.”

In short, Christians are certainly experiencing “specific targeting” by the Islamic State.  While ISIS has also killed Muslims who get in its way, only non-Muslims—chief among them Christians—are being enslaved, raped, and forced on pain of death to convert to Islam.  Although Islamic law, or Sharia, legitimizes the killing, enslavement, and rape of non-Muslims, it prohibits treating fellow Muslims accordingly.

Few informed observers dispute that the Iraqi Christian community is gravely and specifically threatened by ISIS. According to the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial, ISIS persecution of Christians “fits the definition of ethnic cleansing.” Even David Saperstein, the United States ambassador at large for religious freedom, acknowledges that it is “primarily Christians” being persecuted in Iraq for their faith.

For the official spokesman of the U.S. military’s fight against ISIS to make such clueless and callous remarks to the contrary is deeply disconcerting.  But perhaps Col. Warren is not to blame—perhaps he’s just a military man doing his best to comply with demands from politicians upstairs that he say nothing to acknowledge the suffering of Mideast Christians.

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  • BrunoPBuhr

    Col. Warren you are a coward and a lying traitor. You have condemned Christians to a silent genocide, for that you are unfit to serve or even be in the same room with decent human beings! You are disgusting.

    • bargogx1

      He is no doubt just following orders from further up the chain of command. Much further up.

    • Leem01

      It is evil and the same spirit that persecutes Jews,

      • roger

        I think this is true, at least in the last few years.

      • ruthy k

        exactly right!

    • Frank Castle

      I served 30 years in the U.S. Military and if this Colonel got anywhere near me, I would at least spit on him but probably something worse.

      • BrunoPBuhr

        Unbelievable lack of integrity!

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Under no circumstance can the white mosque propaganda ministry be expected to spew anything but lies, diversions half truths or ignorance. When reading fatwas from the imams infesting it, remember these tenets of islam:

    Takiyya is defined as dissimulation about ones Muslim identity. It comes from the verse in the Quran that says, “Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defense (illaa an-tattaqu minhum tuqah) (Surah 3:28). This “self-defense” justifies dissimulation. Islamic Sharia Law provides, “When it is possible to achieve an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and lying is obligatory if the goal is obligatory.” (Reliance of the Traveler, Para r8.2) Examples include lying to protect Islam or a Muslim.
    Tawriya is defined as concealing, and it could be called “creative lying”. It is OK to break the intent of the oath, as long as you don’t break the letter of the oath. (Reliance of the Traveler, sections o19.1 and o19.5) How does this work? Suppose someone protests that Surah 1 of the Quran demeans Christians and Jews, because it is a supplication Muslims make to Allah seventeen times a day to keep them from the path of “those with whom God is angry” and “those who have lost their way”. A Muslim might respond, “Surah 1 never mentions Jews or Christians.” He is practicing tawriya, because while Surah 1 does not mention Jews and Christians by name, but he knows full-well that the words “those” refer to Jews and Christians.
    Another example would be when a Muslim responds to your greeting of “Merry Christmas!” He might say, “I wish you the best.” In your mind, you think he has returned a Christmas greeting. In actuality, he has expressed his wish for you to convert to Islam; he wishes the best for you which, in his view, is becoming a Muslim.
    Kitman is characterized by someone telling only part of the truth. The most common example of this is when a Muslim says that jihad really refers to an internal, spiritual struggle. He is not telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”, as witnesses are sworn to do in U.S. courts. Often, kitman results in a gross distortion of the truth. In the example given, the Quran uses jihad and its derivatives 59 times. Of those, only 16 (27%) could be considered “internal” with no object as the target of the struggle based on the context of the surah.
    Another common form of kitman is to quote only the few peaceful passages from the Quran, knowing full-well that that passage was later abrogated by a more militant, contradictory verse. Here is an example:
    “There is no compulsion in religion” (Surah 2:256) Early Medina
    “Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?” (Surah 3:83 Later Medina)
    Another example:
    “Permission to take up arms is hereby given to those who are attacked, because they have been wronged.” (Surah 22:39) Late Mecca
    “When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” (Surah 9:5) Late Medina
    Muruna means using “flexibility” to blend in with the enemy or the surroundings. The justification for this kind of deception is a somewhat bizarre interpretation of Surah 2:106, which says, “If we abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We will replace it by a better one or similar.” Thus, Muslims may forget some of the commands in the Quran, as long as they are pursuing a better command. Muslims striving to advance Islam, therefore, can deviate from their Islamic laws in order to cause non-Muslims to lower their guard and place their trust in their Muslim counterpart.

    • I am Christian

      I don’t think poletical Parties are Interested Reading Hadith or quran they only Focus on
      Money 🤑 To lie is easy for them to do! Truth shall set us free thank God we are from truth ,the Father of lie is Devil its Clear from where they are from

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Politicians are liars, by definition liberal democrats are the worst liars of the bunch.

  • Voytek Gagalka

    Current leadership of the US military is worthless! So don’t even dream that they will come to your rescue with some military “coup.” Perhaps it was them whom Obama have in mind by pointing out recently during his mosque visit that “they are our police, fire fighters, and Homeland Security” (but specifically not mentioning military). Infiltrated by Allahists, with such leadership is it any wonder that they deny anything which could upset their current boss?

  • Ed McDowell

    So our government is complicit in Christian genocide.There will be much to answer for.

    • sodacrackers2

      They are not only after Christians. However, if they do ever get the Armageddon they long for, won’t they be surprised to see Jesus?

  • wilypagan

    Anyone who thinks Ted Cruz cares about ordinary Americans should read this:


  • Millionmileman

    Pam, thanks for posting this because I have been chomping at the bit to post this horrifying film that was shot in 1915 of the Islamic Turks carrying out the Armenian Genocide. We read summaries and see photos of ISIS killing Christians. This is somehow more graphic and I would only describe this as The Baatan Death March does ISIS! Never again means why not!



  • Eric Martin

    Probably the reason I was internally insisted upon creating http://www.WeAreN.us so that no one would be able to deny what ISIS has actually done to Christians :(

  • Karennn

    It is unconscionable that the US is denying genocide of Christians! We must not let up cries for justice to our God and to the govt.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    The entire democrat administration, its dhimmis, toadies and camp followers have to to be replaced with Americans who have American values. The garbage that is preached from the white mosque and other centres of American islam will have to be removed.

    • joker

      That is quite a difficult job. Slowly slowly they have been infiltrating. Only a so-called “Night of the Long Knives” may do wonders. But I have my doubts.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        There are too many to dispatch that way, they will have to be rendered harmless by removing them from positions of influence.

  • volksnut

    What warren is is a product of barrys ” purges ” that have left for the most part synchophantic yes men to barry and his handlers – Wanting to hold on to their careers and retirement..

  • Kaitlyn Thomas

    OMG ! Is Col Warren denying this because the Obama administration is ordering him to silence ! I don’t understand why they have to kill people so heartless and with no conscience.. WHY? do they kill people who has never done anything to them other than just claim their Christianity this makes me heart sick and to think Barack Obama is somehow covering up these horrible deaths of these poor Christians. Its an heartless act and why would he cover up this type of genocide !!

  • bailiwick

    Denial goes even further. It goes so far, that it can be called pure LIE.
    I have said it here before & I say it again, THANK YOU AMERICA for this hell.
    Through dirty work of your CIA you destabilized whole middle East.
    Since invasion of Afghanistan you created nothing, but horrible mess over there. And your dirty deeds there, go much further back.
    You even went ahead and through the work of CIA agents overthrew stable governments of Egypt & Libya.
    Now you see this butchery done by men, probably trained by your CIA agents.
    Only naive and ignorant person won’t see the professional killers in that video. All of them about the same height, 6′. Well build, thanks to strict recruitment & rigorous training provided by professional killers from CIA. One of those monsters even speaks American English. How cute.
    I never forget one little news in radio about accusation of US specialists training armed forces of some South American country, who were wiping off indigenous people in the jungle. Whole villages were massacred by soldiers trained by CIA agents.
    Day later, after that news came out, Monika Lewinsky scandal broke out, & nobody mentioned South America anymore.
    Go figure.
    US is ruled and used by evil people to do evil deeds for them all over the world.
    Read “THE SECRET TERRORISTS by: BILL HUGHES”. Just google it.
    USA with its constitution was a great concept. It doesn’t have comparison anywhere in the world.
    But evil organization is taking it over & turning it into fascist state.

    • drummie

      If you knew what you are talking about you would probably be dangerous. If you don’t like the US, Oh Well. Get over it. I agree that under the Obama regime nothing has been done but make situations much worse. The operations in South America are ones you have no idea about. I was there, covert forces did go into South America to assist with drug enforcement operations. When you know what you are saying come back and try again.

      • bailiwick

        I would probably be dangerous? You’re being ridiculously pathetic.
        Dangerous to whom? Maybe to fascists who don’t like the truth to be told. Are you one of them?
        Wiping off the villages by American trained forces was once, very briefly, reported on the public radio. I’ve herd it with my own ears. Then never again, after “horrible” Lewinsky scandal broke out all over the news the next day.
        You’ve being there? Doing what? Perhaps Mr. Expert was controlling whole South American operation?
        You don’t even understand my point.
        Go and read THE SECRET TERRORISTS, then come back and put solid argument against it.
        Perhaps you might learn there is something else besides dems vs. repubs.

        • drummie

          I don’t need to argue against a blind fool. You have never been involved in what you are railing about and do not know the truths of what is ghoing on. Islam has been at war with the rest of the world since their perverted child molesting satanic “prophet” announced his mysiganistic idea of life. Islam is the enemy of ALL freedom loving people of the world and I could not care less what you think on the topic or any topic for that matter. Grow up and open YOUR eyes and quit being led by lies.

          • bailiwick

            The same here, dummy. The same here.

        • drummie

          Your posts show you to be an ignorant racist and I do not have time nor will I take time to debate you. You can educate ignorance, you can medicate crazy, but you can not fix STUPID. Willful ignorance IS stupidity.

          • bailiwick

            As I’ve said, you’re being ridiculously pathetic.

  • Jack

    Col. Steve Warren didn’t you feel an inch tall to come out before the whole World and LIE!? it’s fairly obvious to 9/10s of the World. When history looks back like it did pre holocaust and during to near Leaders who dames well knew but lied you will be in this bucket. Just as during the Roosevelt Regime we now have an Obama Regime ignoring murder of Christians to favor Muslims. He then has the audacity to blame both Christian and Jew of Islamophobia. Just look at where you gave your speech and with CAIR at your side

  • John Marks

    An example of the boot licking Obama military.

  • movingwaters

    Obama fired those in the chain of command who could not be corrupted into being lying mouths for Satan’s NWO.

  • Cappy1437

    When the head military people are shown on t.v. such as Obama’s State of the Union Address they don’t appear strong. They walk in and they appear as weak and unsure. When we see military leaders like that it sickens us to think our military is lead by such an unintelligent, cowardly group of men. When any of them speak they don’t sound strong. They don’t stand up for what is right and what is American. I see them only as desperate for their paychecks. They have bills to pay and they don’t want to lose their jobs. That’s all. They’re not standing up for America. When I see them I am ashamed of them.

  • Marc Goldstone

    We are told by our dear leader that the bad people have “Hijacked” Islam. This of course is just more “Politically Correct Bull S_it”
    Islam (as specified in it’s holt texts) is the problem, always was and always will be. It has not been hijacked, that is simply what you tell the nonbelievers to placate them until cutting off their heads.
    If Obama wasn’t one of them he would have required so called peaceful Muslims immigrants to swear allegiance to the new testament Koran devoid of al the hateful stuff.

    In other words why is it Christians and Jews that must placate 7’th century Muslim sensibilities instead of the other way around. Let’s give this PC a try for a change.

  • joker

    He made a point however that there is no specific evidence for targeting Christians because ISIS targets anyone with two braincells, braces in their mouth, who can read and write, who looks handsome or pretty. They target all but hopefully they will do us a kind favour and they will target this army fool and the rest with him.

  • Follower of Jesus

    🤑Prophet Said “Do you hold a grudge against me and are you mentally disturbed because of the worldly things by which I conciliate a people and win them over so that they will embrace Islam and become Muslims??”
    Al-Tabari, Vol. 9, p. 37, See Also Ishaq:596