Presiding Bishop Anba Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom is concerned about the consequences if the White House only designates what’s happening to the Yazidi people as genocide and ignores Christians or other groups.
“Once you have designated one group as victims of genocide, but not the other, the perpetrators on the ground are going to realize that one is more protected than the other so, what you are actually doing is creating the setting for the Christians to become an even softer target,” Angaelos said.
He wants American legislators to think beyond laws.
“This is not just about legislation, this is about lives,” Angaelos said. “And it’s about the impact on real people on a daily basis in a setting that we couldn’t possibly imagine.”