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Mike Pence: Trump Administration Will Protect Religious Freedom in the Middle East

The vice president promised to stop what he called “genocide” of Christians in the Middle East.

Vice President Mike Pence told the Focus on the Family Conference on Friday that the Trump administration would protect religious freedom around the world and especially in the Middle East.

“All across that ancient land, from the plains of Nineveh where Abraham sojourned on the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates and the Nile, the fathers of our faith planted seeds of belief that have blossomed and born fruit ever since,” Pence said. “But today, these Christian communities face unspeakable atrocities at the hands of radical Islamic terrorism.”

“The terrorists seek to stamp out all religions that are not their own, or not even a version of their own,” he continued.

Pence then listed the crimes ISIS had committed against all religions across the Middle East:

“At the hands of ISIS, we’ve witnessed Muslims murdered indiscriminately across the Middle East and ancient symbols of their culture and faith destroyed. This week alone, ISIS destroyed an 800-year-old Great Mosque at al-Nuri in Mosul. But the practitioners of terror harbor arguably a special hatred for the followers of Christ, and I believe ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith.”

The vice president continued listing the numerous crimes that ISIS had committed against Christians, comparing the ordeal to the Exodus of Moses.

“America will stand with people of faith in that ancient land in their hour of need,” Pence said.