Passed with overwhelming support!
Washington D.C. ____ Representative Paul Cook (R- Apple
Valley) voted Monday March 14, 2016 for House of Con Res 75, a resolution that
condemns violence against Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious
minorities as genocide. This resolution passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming support.
In recent years, Christians
in Iraq and Syria have been the target of unspeakable violence. In just a
decade, the Christian population of Iraq has dropped 50 percent and an estimated
that 1.1 million Christians in Syria have died or fled. This resolution
officially declares that those who commit or support atrocities against
Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis,
Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka'e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically
for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing war crimes, crimes against
humanity, and genocide.
murder of entire ethnic group’
Representative Cook said, "It’s
past time that we stood up and called the persecution and systematic
annihilation of Christians in the Middle East what it really is: genocide.
solution to ending this genocide is not to bring thousands of refugees to
America, but to destroy ISIS, so that civilians can return to their homes in
Syria. It’s time for
America and its allies to stand against the barbarism of ISIS and put an end to
the genocide of Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities."
Paul Cook is member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Natural
Resources Committees. Cook served as an
infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine
Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple