State Department urged to help Iraqi Christians

4/8/2009 7:32:00 PM

Congressman Frank Wolf is calling on the U.S. State Department to develop a comprehensive policy to address what he calls "the unique plight" of ancient Christian communities in Iraq.

Wolf says the American embassy should advocate for Iraqi Christians and use its resources to help. Wolf says the Christian minority "is being wiped out."

He says Christians in Iraq face dire conditions. "Mosul is one of the most difficult areas, and that's the heavy Assyrian, Chaldean, Christian area," he notes. "And it's very, very grim."

The Virginia lawmaker says Assyrians and other Christians in Iraq are a part of biblical history. "The Iraqi Christians are some of the early Christians, and yet they are being wiped out," he adds.

The congressman says the U.S. needs to look out for Iraqi Christians. "If the American Embassy would advocate for them -- a lot of the resources that we are doing over there,Frank Wolf (R-VA) we could do a tremendous amount for them," he says.

Wolf says the State Department has always been biased against meeting the special needs of Iraqi Christians. "Sometimes they say, 'Well, we can't be supportive of one group over the other.' Well, you know, they are being killed. They are being gunned down," he points out. "The churches are having a very difficult time."