In his Christmas message, US President Barack Obama has extended prayers and support for the persecuted Christians around the world.
President Obama during his Christmas message to the American nation, expressed support for the Christians who have had to face persecution on religious grounds across the globe. During his message he expressed an exclusive support for Iraqi Christians. “During Christmas week,” he told America, “I and my wife Michelle are praying for suffering Christians.”
In keeping with the official statement issued by the White House, the US President Obama said, he and Michelle, “Hold especially close to our hearts and minds those who have been driven from their ancient homelands by unspeakable violence and persecution.”
“We join with people around the world in praying for God’s protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths, as well as for those brave men and women engaged in our military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering and restore stability, security, and hope to their nations,” the US President declared in his Christmas message.
“In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL,” President Obama said.
While remarking about the persecution of Christians after President’s Christmas message, Reverend Franklin Graham said that the persecution of Christians around the world is merely getting worse than before.
“Beatings, beheadings, crucifixions, and other atrocities are commonplace as Islam tries to exterminate Christians within their reach and expand their territories. These aren’t just numbers and places in the news, they’re real people and they are suffering,” he continued.
“Some places in the Middle East where Christianity has its roots where Abraham, Moses, the Apostles, and even Jesus Christ walked centuries ago Christians are virtually extinct this Christmas.”