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House Proceeding 01-22-09 on Jan 22nd, 2009 :: 0:55:35 to 1:00:45
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Frank R. Wolf

0:55:32 to 0:55:52( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: there's liberty, justice, there's tolerance, and other virtues. justice is the highest. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. paul of texas. mr. defazio of oregon. mr. wolf of virginia.

Frank R. Wolf

0:55:35 to 1:00:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Frank R. Wolf

0:55:53 to 0:56:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. wolf: i thank the speaker. mr. speaker, the christian owner of a car repair shop was killed, execution style, mosele, police said saturday

Frank R. Wolf

0:56:14 to 0:56:35( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: raising concerns about the possibility of new attacks against religious minorities in the northern city, end of quote. this chilling excerpt was taken from a recent a.p. story which went on to say that the attack followed a pattern of violence and intimidation that's sent thousands of christians fleeing from their homes in mosele --

Frank R. Wolf

0:56:36 to 0:56:56( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: mostle this fall -- mosul this fall. we need to look no further than 2008 kidnap of an archbishop, a christian in the who was fatally shot in a drive-bye attack in april of 2008. these high-profile killings are indicative of wider scale

Frank R. Wolf

0:56:57 to 0:57:17( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: persecution and fear experienced by the suffering community. the numbers tell the story. according to the u.s. commission on international religious freedom, iraqi christian populatiohas fallen from as many as 1.4 million in 2003 to between 500,000 and 700,000 at present. report says that while christians and other religious

Frank R. Wolf

0:57:18 to 0:57:40( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: minorities represent only approximately 3% of the pre--2003 iraqi population, they constitute approximately 15% to 20% of registered iraqi refugees in jordan, syria respectively and christians account for 35% and 64% respective of refugees in lebanon and turkey. what we are witnessing here is

Frank R. Wolf

0:57:41 to 0:58:02( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: a tragic extension of an age-old faith. the patriarch abraham came from a city in iraq. isaac's bride game from northwest iraq. jacob spent 20 years at iraq, and his sons, the 12 tribes of israel wrrks born in northwest iraq. a remarkable spiritual revival as told in the book of jonah

Frank R. Wolf

0:58:03 to 0:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: occurred in nineva. and the events in the book muchter took place in iraq -- in the being of easter --ester took place in iraq. i unsuccessfully urge the bush administration to develop a comprehensive policy to address the unique plight of iraqis struggling ethnic religious minorities. spifically the christian community.

Frank R. Wolf

0:58:24 to 0:58:44( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: we are pressed for one person in the embassy to work on these. the religious freedom commission has also asked for things like this. but now we are seeing that the creation and fill in this position must be, must be among seetary clinton's first priorities. in july of 2008, the u.s. conference of catholic bishops, the migration of refugee

Frank R. Wolf

0:58:45 to 0:59:06( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: service said this about the minority religious community, quote, these groups whose homes have been what is now iraq for many centuries are literally being obliterated, not because they are colleague generalized violence, but because they are specifically and viciously victimized by islamic extremists and in some cases

Frank R. Wolf

0:59:07 to 0:59:28( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: common criminals. these minority communities case marginalization or even extinction. u.s. policy must rlect the unique political and security reality of these minority communities. i urge members of congress. and i want to compliment congresswoman eshoo from california who has been very active on this. other members weigh in with

Frank R. Wolf

0:59:29 to 0:59:51( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: a nly confirmed secretary and ask her to take dramatic action to save the iraqi christians. an article in christianity today by philip jenkins described what is happening in iraq this way. what we are seeing then is the death of one of the world's greatest christian enterprises. just this week, a delegation of

Frank R. Wolf

0:59:52 to 1:00:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: bishops urgently urged and appealed to pope benedict for the church to create a strategy to prent christians from leaving the region. i urge people of faith to stand and i urge members of congress to press the secretary to appoint one person to deal with this issue and lastly i say where, where, where, oh where,

Frank R. Wolf

1:00:14 to 1:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: is the church, where is the christian church in the west when the christians in iraq are being slaughtered? with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. sherman of california. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from arizona, mr. franks, is recognized for 60

Frank R. Wolf

1:00:36 to 1:00:46( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: minutes as the minority leader.

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