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US Congress passes resolution condemning the persecution of Christians in Nigeria

A resolution condemning the persecution of Christians around the world, including in Nigeria, was passed by the House of Representatives in the US on Monday.

The resolution, sponsored by Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman representing Wisconsin’s 6th District, stated: “the persecution of Christians is a global problem, occurring in countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas”.

Congressman Glenn Grothman

It continued: “Christians face persecution not only from Islamic extremist groups, like the Islamic State and Boko Haram, but also from other religious extremist groups and from officials at all levels of government….. such persecution ranges from social harassment and discrimination to physical violence, imprisonment, torture, enslavement, rape, and death.”

After referencing incidences of persecution in the Middle East, the resolution focused on Nigeria:  “Christians in Nigeria have been massacred by Islamic extremist groups like Boko Haram and the Fulani… in January 2017, Fulani militants raided a Christian village in Nigeria, killing six police officers and four civilians.”

It ended with “calls on discriminatory regimes to cease their persecution of Christians and religious minorities; and urges the President [Donald Trump] and the heads of the governments of all democratic countries around the world to uphold the right to religious freedom and condemn the global persecution of Christians”.

Congress passed the resolution and referred it to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for further action.  Congressman Grothman is an attorney and was elected in 2014, after serving several years in the state legislature.

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