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May 11

Next Steps for Addressing ISIS Genocide

Co-hosted by


Center for Religion, Culture and Civil Society

Panel One
Fr. Douglas Bazi
, Chaldean Priest, Mar Elia Sub Center, Erbil, Iraq
Andrew Walther, Vice President for Communications, Knights of Columbus 
Kathryn Jean Lopez, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute (Moderator)

Panel Two
Thomas F. Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute, and Director, Religious Freedom Project, Georgetown University
Olivia Enos, Research Associate, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Kathryn Jean Lopez, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

In March 2016, the Obama Administration determined that acts carried out by ISIS against Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims in Iraq and Syria constitute genocide. Now the U.S. must determine what it will do in the face of this genocide. The acknowledgement of reality must come with support for its victims and punishment for perpetrators – and an answer to the very real question of whether or not the world will stand by as ISIS seeks to end the existence of Christianity in its cradle. 

Join us for a program that casts a light on the people most affected by the genocide – chiefly in the person of Fr. Douglas Bazi, whose people fled Mosul and now live in limbo in Kurdistan. Our experts will discuss the charitable support that’s been activated to help keep Christians and other religious minorities alive and present in Iraq and the region as well as discuss some of the myriad sectarian and political considerations on the ground.

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