Yesterday (10/14/14), the Pennsylvania Senate approved State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s SR 430 condemning the ongoing persecution and genocide of Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities by The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The resolution calls on the President and Congress to condemn the crimes against humanity occurring in Iraq and to take prudent action to protect the thousands of victims. In addition, the resolution calls for members of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to be brought to justice in an international forum for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Copies of SR 430 will now be transmitted to the President of the United States and to the presiding officers of each house of Congress and to each member of Congress from Pennsylvania.
“As members of the Pennsylvania legislature, we represent a state that has been known since the birth of our nation as a land of refuge for religious freedom and tolerance for all,” said Senator Greenleaf. “It is in this tradition and spirit that we offer this resolution and petition for the immediate and continued resolve to permanently stop the efforts of extremists who are undermining democracy in Iraq.”
Senator Greenleaf was joined by 12 other State Senator’s in signing a letter to President Obama in August declaring support for Iraqi Christians and asking that the genocide be addressed.
The letter stated:
“The United States has always championed basic human rights and religious liberty both at home and abroad. Throughout history, the American people have spoken out for those who are persecuted and seek relief from tyranny. We represent the many here in Pennsylvania demanding that justice be done and this horrible violence to be stopped.
The right to practice ones chosen faith in peace is the very cornerstone of our democracy and denial of this right should not be experienced by any people, especially in a nation whose future has been so deeply impacted by the United States.”