Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » U.S. State Dept. Stops Christians from Testifying
By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - The U.S. State Department has repeatedly hindered witnesses from testifying about the persecution of Christians by Muslims.
According to Jihad Watch, Sister Diana Momenka was scheduled to visit the U.S. last year on behalf of Iraq's persecuted Christians, but was denied a visa because she became an "internally displaced person" after the Islamic State forced her and others to flee St. Ephrem's Seminary in Bakhdida.
Momenka was part of a delegation of religious leaders from Iraq that was to meet with the Senate and House foreign relations committees. Every religious leader of the delegation was granted a visa save the sister, who just happened to be its only Christian representative.
After her visa refusal went public, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that the Obama administration never finds a good reason to help Christians, though it always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists.
As a result, the State Department later relented and granted Momenka her visa, but when the United States Institute for Peace gathered all the governors of Nigeria's mostly Muslim northern states for a conference in Washington, D.C., the State Department blocked the visa of Jonah David Jang, the region's only Christian governor.
According to a Nigerian human rights lawyer, Jang's denial were the direct result of the U.S. government's bias against Christians.
"The U.S. insists that Muslims are the primary victims of Boko Haram," said Emmanuel Ogebe. "It also claims that Christians discriminate against Muslims in Plateau, which is one of the few Christian majority states in the north ... The question remains — why is the U.S. downplaying or denying the attacks against Christians?"