Gretchen Carlson is one of the best of the Fox News anchors and she just nailed it with her comment about the gruesome murder of James Foley by ISIS thugs. She quoted a State Department spokesman, who explained why we had not negotiated for the release of the journalist. “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.”
“But isn’t that exactly what we did for Bowe Burgdahl?” Carlson asked. Burgdahl was the Islamic sympathizer whose parents were feted at the White House by President Barack Obama when his release was announced.
What many will miss is the deep faith of James Foley and how that factored into this story and American policy.
Keep in mind, ISIS is confronting Christians in Iraq with the following option: convert to Islam or die. And Christians are being executed in other Islamic countries for no other reason than their faith.
Before Barack Obama, every recent president since Reagan has been active worldwide in helping persecuted and martyred Christians. When I worked in the White House of George H.W. Bush we regularly helped get Christians out of prisons all over Africa and Asia. These included missionaries and educators but also journalists and relief workers. Bill Clinton helped establish the International Religious Freedom Act that worked with the United Nations to stop the slaughter. Unfortunately what we saw happen to James Foley is only a small vignette of killings of Christians worldwide. Senator Rand Paul has called for withholding foreign aid to nations who execute Christians just because of their faith. But he has had only two co-sponsors. And the Obama administration quickly quashed the idea.
The national media, who once winked at communism, hoping to avoid getting on their killing lists when they took over America, now seem to be courting the Islamic extremists. Leave us alone. Don’t hurt us or our families when we travel the world and we will not hurt you. Here, take our Christians. For years the media blurred the distinctions between Muslims and Christians in wars in Africa leaving most Americans ignorant of how religion was actually driving the crisis.
On all of these issues moderate Muslims are silent.
Meanwhile, being a Christian and being open about it can get you killed in the Islamic world, and left to die by a politically correct American government who will not ransom you. James Foley, whose Christian faith was no secret, once described to an audience at Marquette how prayer kept him alive during his captivity by Muammar Gaddafi.
As it turned out surviving Barack Obama’s foreign policy takes more than prayer.