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House Proceeding 02-23-10 on Feb 23rd, 2010 :: 2:55:40 to 2:59:05
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John J. Jr.Duncan

2:55:38 to 2:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: i'm -- i now would like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, a member of the natural resources oversight and transportation committee, for his insight and the insight of his constituent is very concerned about religious minorities in iraq. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for four minutes. mr. duncan: thank you very much, madam speaker.

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:55:40 to 2:59:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John J. Jr.Duncan

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:56:00 to 2:56:20( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: i thank the gentlelady from florida for yielding me this time. i also want to thank all of the previous speakers, the gentleman from miss -- michigan, the original author of the resolution, the gentleman from new york, and especially the gentleman from virginia, congressman wolf, who has been such a leader on these

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:56:21 to 2:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: issues for many years now. i rise in strong support of h.res. 944, expressing the sense of the house of representatives on religious minorities in iraq. while this bill calls attentio to various religious minorities in iraq that are victims of acts of violence, and religious persecution, one group that is extremely vulnerable,

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:56:42 to 2:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: especially vulnerable are the iraqi christians. in the most recent series of attacks in iraq's northern city of mosul, five iraqi christians were attacked and killed just last week in various acts of violence. according to a february 17, 2010, from reuters, quote, bombings and shootings are

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:57:04 to 2:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: recorded almost daily and the violent northern ty of mosul where the situation has been described by one christian priest as miserable. iraqi christians are forced to hide in their homes in fear of being the next vim tim of what is being called a, quote, systematic campaign of violence against minorities.

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:57:25 to 2:57:46( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: and insurgent groups have labeled christians and other iraqi minorities as devil worshipers and inif a dells. -- infidels. there is growing concern, madam speaker, of even more violence and killings in the wake of the upcoming ections in march. these attacks are being used as a means of intimidation to discourage iraqi christians

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:57:47 to 2:58:07( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: from voting in the upcoming elections. there have also been threats of violence using military means to prevent the elections from happening at all. i first spoke out against -- about violence against christians in iraq la year when one of my constituents and a nate -- native of iraq brought to my attention the

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:58:08 to 2:58:29( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: escalation of violence against this particular religious group. i also met recently a few weeks ago with a member of the iraqi parliament. recently to discuss this ongoing persecution of iraqi christians. the horrendous human rights violations and acts against religious minorities must end. the united states should do as

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:58:30 to 2:58:50( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: much as possible to help stop the scrims against and persecution of the christian community in iraq and this resolution will be a meaningful step in that direction. and i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. ms. ros-lehtinen: madam speaker.

John J. Jr.Duncan

2:58:51 to 2:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: i have no further requests for time. and i yield back the balance of my time. gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new york. mr. mcmahon: madam speaker, i have no further requests for time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.

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