Pence announces plan to help Christians displaced by the Islamic State

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Pence announces plan to help Christians displaced by the Islamic State

With all the scan­dals rag­ing from the dossier to the huge bud­get to Obama’s slush fund, it’s time for some good news com­ing from Wash­ing­ton DC. That news came last night from Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence as he announced the United States will directly assist faith-​based groups actively sup­port­ing Chris­tians and other reli­gious minori­ties whose lives have been destroyed by the Islamic State.

The other good news in the announce­ment is that we will no longer rely on the United Nations to do their job in this regard.

Our fel­low Chris­tians and all who are per­se­cuted in the Mid­dle East should not have to rely on multi­na­tional insti­tu­tions when Amer­ica can help them directly,” Pence said at a din­ner orga­nized by In Defense of Chris­tians. “And tonight, it is my priv­i­lege to announce that Pres­i­dent Trump has ordered the State Depart­ment to stop fund­ing inef­fec­tive relief efforts at the United Nations. And from this day for­ward, Amer­ica will pro­vide sup­port directly to per­se­cuted com­mu­ni­ties through [the United States Aid Agency.]”

This has long been a prob­lem that many of us have wanted solved even before the Islamic State started dis­plac­ing Chris­tians across the Mid­dle East. Aid dol­lars sent to inef­fec­tive United Nations pro­grams have been com­pletely wasted with no tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits. Orga­ni­za­tions on the ground that aren’t pet projects of the United Nations have much bet­ter oppor­tu­nity and expe­ri­ence with help­ing in these issues. Now, they’ll get the sup­port from the United States they need.

It’s con­spic­u­ous that this announce­ment came from the Vice Pres­i­dent. Pres­i­dent Trump is cur­rently in the mid­dle of other issues from North Korea and Iran to tax reform and the opi­oid epi­demic. It’s impor­tant at times like these that the Vice Pres­i­dent be more than just a backup quar­ter­back. Some issues are impor­tant enough for the White House’s atten­tion though not as timely as other issues the Pres­i­dent must address. This may be the per­fect oppor­tu­nity for Pence to take the lead on a project that needs him.

With all the scandals raging from the dossier to the huge budget to Obama’s slush fund, it’s time for some good news coming from Washington DC. That news came last night from Vice President Mike Pence as he announced the United States will directly assist faith-based groups actively supporting Christians and other religious minorities whose lives have been destroyed by the Islamic State.

The other good news in the announcement is that we will no longer rely on the United Nations to do their job in this regard.

“Our fellow Christians and all who are persecuted in the Middle East should not have to rely on multinational institutions when America can help them directly,” Pence said at a dinner organized by In Defense of Christians. “And tonight, it is my privilege to announce that President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations. And from this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through [the United States Aid Agency.]”

This has long been a problem that many of us have wanted solved even before the Islamic State started displacing Christians across the Middle East. Aid dollars sent to ineffective United Nations programs have been completely wasted with no tangible benefits. Organizations on the ground that aren’t pet projects of the United Nations have much better opportunity and experience with helping in these issues. Now, they’ll get the support from the United States they need.

It’s conspicuous that this announcement came from the Vice President. President Trump is currently in the middle of other issues from North Korea and Iran to tax reform and the opioid epidemic. It’s important at times like these that the Vice President be more than just a backup quarterback. Some issues are important enough for the White House’s attention though not as timely as other issues the President must address. This may be the perfect opportunity for Pence to take the lead on a project that needs him.