Catholic League President Bill Donohue says the systematic slaughter of Christians in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “far worse” than the persecution of Christians in North Korea and China.
While China is destroying churches and North Korea is killing Christians, Donohue told CNS News, “what’s different about [ISIS] is that no one really believes that the Chinese anti-Christian communists are going to go across somebody else’s border to bring about their messianic vision. The same is true for North Korea.
“Here we have nothing but a band of terrorist barbarians who are on the march to take over the entire Middle East, which will destroy the economy of the world while they’re killing Jews and Christians, and Muslims, I might add.
“So this is a menace without borders. It’s far worse than China and North Korea. The Muslim jihadists are the forces of death.”
Tens of thousands of people have been driven from their homes under threats from the Sunni militants of ISIS, and the jihadists have told Christians they must convert to Islam, pay a tax, or die.
Meanwhile there are reports that Sunnis in northern Iraq have welcomed ISIS forces helping to drive out Christians.
One Iraqi Christian who fled from Mosul to Lebanon as ISIS forces approached told Lebanese LBC/LDC TV: “We left Mosul because ISIS came to the city. The [Sunni] people of Mosul embraced ISIS, and drove the Christians out of the city.”
In an interview translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, the unidentified refugee said his Sunni neighbors “said this was a Muslim country, not a Christian one. They said this land belongs to Islam and that Christians should not live there.”