Attacks on Christians Intensify
Nina Shea, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, told Fox News that the federal government must do more to protect Christians in countries where they are a vulnerable minority. (Fox News)
"We sell ourselves short," Shea said. "We don't ever defend Christians, we always have higher priorities regarding terror. We don't understand there's a link between the two. The weakness of those Christians makes them a very soft target, and the governments don't feel any pressure coming from us. They feel pressure coming from one side, and that's the extremists."
Statistics from the Hudson Institute are alarming. Every month about 345 Christians are killed for "faith-based" reasons and 105 churches or Christian buildings are burned or attacked. Globally, one in nine Christians experiences persecution.
"I don't think people are aware of it," Shea said. "They're afraid of talking about it. Some of them are afraid that they will get retribution by the extremists if they talk about it back in those countries."
She added: "In fact, the United States did give Sri Lanka a quiet warning that churches were going to be attacked over Easter and they did not heed it. We need to elevate this."
Although the Egyptian government is taking the fight to ISIS, local Islamist groups raid churches with terrifying regularity.
In Nigeria, a country plagued by ISIS-affiliate Boko Haram, 900 recorded church attacks occurred in the past five years.