Iraq and Syria Relief and Accountability Act 'long overdue'

Monday, June 12, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Syria and surrounding countriesAn organization committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right is applauding a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives as a crucial step to aid victims of ISIS.

The House unanimously approved the Iraq and Syria Relief and Accountability Act. Tom Farr is president of the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), which praises the measure. He says it ensures that humanitarian assistance reaches the victims of genocide whose very survival is at risk.

Farr

"It is more than simply a humanitarian catastrophe that this aid is trying to resolve," Farr tells OneNewsNow. "It is also the beginning of planning for the survival of these religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq."

Farr adds that is a national security issue for America. 

"If we allow this simply to dissipate and go away, we're not only harming those people -- and I would argue Christianity itself -- but we're harming the national security of the United States because we're allowing pluralism to be eliminated," he explains. "That would be a very serious error."

Farr says this measure is long overdue, and now he urges the Senate to move this bill and President Trump to sign it immediately.

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