Diary

More Persecution of Christians: This Time It's the State Department

The State Department has done it again. Using the same rationale as Benghazi, it has stopped one person from testifying about the cruelties of ISIS in the front of Congress. They are allowing all eleven of the Muslims in the group, but are not granting a visa to a Catholic nun, not because she’s Catholic, but because they fear that she might try to stay here (like that matters on the Southern border.) Free advice to any Mexicans and Central Americans crossing the border illegally: don’t tell DHS folks you are Catholic; they might not let you in.

As noted at Breitbart:

Nina Shea, director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, reported Thursday that the U.S. State Department prevented a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun named Sister Diana Momeka, “an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS,” from coming to Washington to testify.

Sister Diana is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, a Catholic order of nuns that traces its presence in Iraq back to the thirteenth century.

The nun is uniquely qualified to testify to Islamic State atrocities in Iraq. When Mosul was overrun by Islamic extremists in June 2014, about 500,000 civilians left the city en masse, in an effort to escape the siege. At that time, the only group that chose to remain in Mosul was the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, “a congregation of Iraqi sisters that has witnessed generation upon generation of war and carnage.”

On Tuesday, however, the U.S. consulate in Erbil told Sister Diana that her visa application had been denied, stating that she was unable “to demonstrate that [her] intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.”

The nun told Nina Shea she was informed she was rejected because she is an “IDP,” an Internally Displaced Person. In other words, the State Department suspected that the Catholic nun could be secretly intending to stay in the United States.

So, the State Department, under the bold, fresh leadership of [mc_name name=’Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000148′ ] (who served in Vietnam) (and a Catholic, if I remember correctly), is saying of ISIS: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” They are also contributing to more  persecution of Christians, in that all Muslims in the group were granted visas.

I vote for Congress to give State  the Archie Bunker raspberry (at 0:28 mark) and to do the first Facetime testimony in front of Congress. Let’s see if Boehner can follow up on the Netanyahu visit and tell Obama to get real. Contact your Congress-person and support Sister Diana’s visit.

PS: Don’t forget to see Little Boy this weekend!