This is like the betrayal of Christians in Syria by the Obama regime
Glenn Beck: Biden’s State Department Hinders The Rescue Of Christians in Afghanistan
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With time running out to rescue civilians fleeing the Taliban, Afghan Christians and others whose names appear on U.S. government lists of qualified evacuees are being turned away at the airport in Kabul, representatives of aid organizations and others told CNA Wednesday.
“I was told by contacts from various groups working to rescue those still in danger in Afghanistan—who must remain anonymous — that the State Department at least at a certain point was not implementing the lists that they require the organizations to compile — even though they have sent them multiple times,” Faith McDonnell, director of advocacy at Katartismos Global, an Anglican nonprofit ministry group based in Manassas, Virginia, told CNA Wednesday.
“It seems at present as if no one is getting any priority unless they have some sort of special connection inside the airport,” she said.
Looming over the deepening humanitarian crisis is a deadline of Friday for civilian evacuation operations at the Kabul airport to give way to the transport of the remaining 5,400 U.S. military personnel out of the country in order to meet a target date of Aug. 31, set months ago by the Biden administration, for a full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
U.S. officials have said the date could be extended if necessary, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
According to the White House, the United States has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 87,900 people out of Afghanistan since the end of July, on U.S. military and coalition flights. However, at least tens of thousands are still reportedly looking to leave Kabul in the coming days.
Adding to the rising anxiety for Christians and other religious groups whose faith places them at extreme risk to Taliban persecution, aid officials and others told CNA, is that the State Department’s “P-2” designation for certain priority evacuees does not specifically include Christians or other members of religious minorities.
The designation currently gives priority to “women at risk,” journalists, academics, pilots, and “minority populations,” among others.
The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, called Wednesday for the Biden administration to broaden the designation “to explicitly include Afghan religious minorities, in recognition of the severe risks they already face, which will only heighten after the end of the U.S. evacuation,” according to a statement by USCIRF Commissioner Frederick A. Davie.
Among the aid groups caught up in the chaos is conservative talk show host Glenn Beck’s nonprofit group, The Nazarene Fund, which Beck says has raised more than $28 million to evacuate Christians from Afghanistan.
Beck said in a video posted on Instagram that his group has at least 20 large aircraft available, including 737s and 757s, and hopes to airlift some 7,000 people to safety by Friday.
Beck said that Tuesday that after a day of delays the first planes carrying a total of 1,200 people had flown out from the airport.
“The spiritual warfare that is going on right now, I mean, everything has been a battle,” Beck said in a video posted on Instagram Sunday. “It’s just a battle of good versus evil.”
A State Department spokesperson told CNA on Wednesday that the U.S. government is not organizing private charter evacuation flights, nor is it endorsing claims by third parties of providing airport access in Kabul.
In another development Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the German government had negotiated with the Taliban to allow civilian evacuation operations in Kabul to continue beyond the Aug. 31 deadline, “as a prerequisite for an international diplomatic and humanitarian presence in the country.”
Germany would provide “immediate assistance of more than $100 million to Afghanistan, with the possibility of another nearly $600 million,” with the money channelled through humanitarian organizations, the newspaper reported.
In the meantime, according to multiple reports, conditions at the airport deteriorated further on Wednesday.
“Several organizations have reported that even though these organizations‘ aircraft have passenger manifests, the airport personnel are loading different people for those on the manifest onto all the aircraft that are departing,” said McDonnell of Katartismos.
“Others have reported that at times, one government agency is rejecting people that another government agency has approved and tried to bring into the airport,” she said.
Nina Shea, a senior fellow and director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, based in Washington, D.C., provided a similar account to CNA.
“I’ve started receiving panicked emails from Afghan Christians through their Western contacts. They are not being allowed to board USG (U.S. government) flights in Kabul. I’m advising them to try to board Glenn Beck’s flights instead,” Shea said in an email to CNA.
Jason Jones, a conservative film producer, author, and podcaster who runs a nonprofit humanitarian organization called The Vulnerable People Project, said he has been working to refer the names of those desperate to escape to the office of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), which is working to get those individuals on U.S. government lists of qualified evacuees.
“Kabul is falling apart and our people are panicking,” Jones said in an email to CNA. “The next 72 hours are going to be very dark. Kabul has descended into chaos and confusion and our citizens and friends are collapsing into despair. People are being contacted by the State Department and told to go to the airport only to be sent away.”
Glenn Beck claims US State Dept. and Biden’s White House are BLOCKING his efforts to rescue Afghan Christians from the Taliban who ‘want to set them on fire’
- Beck claimed on Thursday that the State Department blocked his rescue effort
- His group the Nazarene Fund is attempting to evacuate Afghan Christians
- He fears some were killed in suicide blast after being turned back at airport
- Beck said his organization has saved 5,100 Afghans from persecution
- It is unclear how many Christian Afghans are left in the country
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has claimed the US State Department is blocking his efforts to rescue Afghan Christians from the threat of being ‘burned alive or crucified’ by the Taliban.
Beck said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday that the organization he supports, the Nazarene Fund, has flown 5,100 Christians and other refugees out of Afghanistan since it fell to the Taliban earlier this month.
But he claimed that on Thursday morning, shortly before the deadly bombing outside the Kabul airport, the group had 500 Afghan Christians inside the airport ready to depart, only to have them ordered back outside the gates by officials.
Beck said that he feared members of that group were among the scores killed in the suicide bomb attack that ripped through the crowd just outside one of the airport gates.
‘We believe that our State Department is directly responsible for what we believe were some of these people,’ Beck told Fox News, ‘I don’t know how many survived.’
‘The State Department has blocked us every step of the way,’ he continued.
‘The State Department and the White House have been the biggest problem,’ he said, even as other countries tried to coordinate on the efforts.
The number of Christians in Afghanistan is thought to be below 20,000, perhaps as low as 1,000, but is difficult to gauge because many practice their faith underground for fear of retribution.
Proselytizing and conversion from Islam were already effectively banned in Afghanistan under the Western-backed national government, and the return of the Taliban brings the threat of more harsh treatment.
In an interview with FOX News host Tucker Carlson, radio host Glenn Beck said the State Department has been blocking his efforts to free Christian Afghans, who could face persecution under the Taliban
Beck said that his group has helped evacuate 5,100 Afghan Christians such as the group above, but blamed the State Department for ‘blocking’ the effort at every turn
Beck said he feared that some Christians his group was trying to help were killed after being ordered to leave the Kabul airport. Above, clothes and blood stains of Afghan people who were waiting to be evacuated are seen at the site of the August 26 twin suicide bombs
Beck told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he is currently in a Muslim Middle Eastern country, but refused to name the country or two others he says have accepted his refugees, over fears the US State Department will hobble his rescue operation.
Beck also said Islamic countries – which he refused to name over fears of US government meddling – had been far more welcoming to the people he’d saved than America.
He said: ‘I mean, it’s really interesting. We have open borders and closed airports. One group of people are exploited, raped, and killed by drug cartels and the other group of people are raped, exploited or crucified by terrorists. It seems to be a pattern with the Biden administration.’
‘In fact,’ he said, ‘an ambassador was called in Macedonia last night and told not to accept any of these people as we were trying to get them off of the tarmac here to keep the airport flowing and getting these Christians out.’
Beck’s organization, the Nazarene Fund, has helped pull 5,100 Christians and families that could be persecuted from the country in the last several days
Beck has raised nearly $30 million for the group, which has funded the escape effort
‘We haven’t really been able to move anybody for about 12 hours,’ he said Thursday night, adding: ‘Our mission is now changing greatly.’
‘We have to send people into even greater danger to try to smuggle these Christians out who are marked not just for death, but to be set on fire alive because they are converted Christians.’
His organization is now working to set up refugee camps in two other countries, he said, but he did not want to name them ‘because I’m afraid our state department will call them and threaten them.’
‘It’s really really interesting,’ Beck then mused. ‘We have open borders and closed airports. One group of people are exploited, raped, and killed by drug cartels and the other group of people are raped, exploited or crucified by terrorists.
‘It seems to be a pattern with the Biden administration.’
Carlson asked: ‘So it’s Islamic countries, Muslim countries, that are more willing to accept Christian immigrant from Afghanistan than our State Department?’
Beck answered: ‘This country that I’m in, I begged them last night to let me tell them — tell the world who they are. They have more compassion for these Christians than our American government. It is insulting, embarrassing, and wrong.
‘So I believe what our government is doing now is out and out evil.’
He raised nearly $30 million to get the Christians out of the country, but has since expanded his efforts to include others who could be persecuted under Taliban rule
Beck has raised nearly $30 million to get Christians out of the country, according to Christian Today. Some of that money, he said included a loan he signed for personally and a ‘significant’ donation from TV host Bill O’Reilly.
He said the initiative was intended to free Christians, who could be ‘summarily executed’ just for having a Bible app on their phone, but has since expanded to include others as thousands of Afghans wait to be rescued from the country.
‘At this point, it’s like, if you’re a Christian, if you’re a female judge – I don’t care, get on the plane,’ he said in one of his daily updates on his efforts on Tuesday.
By Thursday, he said in a post on his Instagram, he had saved more than 5,000 people from prosecution, posting a photo of ‘one of the last planes to leave Kabul before the bombings’ that was ‘full of women, children and families.’
‘We will not forget those left behind,’ he wrote, noting: ‘Our mission there gets tougher and more dangerous.’
‘We also still have more work to do as now we have 5,100 refugees sitting in another country wondering who will claim them.
‘Sadly, but certainly, not America,’ he wrote, claiming President Joe Biden ‘will only take people the cartels will charge, exploit and rape, certainly not those other people that are marked for death due to his policies.’
‘These refugees are Good and faithful servants that make me embarrassed to call myself Christian,’ Beck said.
In an update on his Instagram Thursday, he said it has become more difficult for the organization to rescue those in need in recent days
It is unclear how many Christian Afghans and other minority members are still left in the country, although in 2013, the State Department estimated there were roughly 2,000 to 3,000 Christians living in Afghanistan, according to the University of Notre Dame.
On the international front, though, Beck has said he has received ‘an amazing outpouring of countries that will take Christians,’ including Zimbabwe, which, he said, ‘is struggling itself.’
‘The spiritual warfare going on right now. Everything has been a battle,’ he said, according to CBN News. ‘It’s a battle of good vs. evil.’
Beck added that he will not leave anyone behind ‘ever, ever, ever,’ even as the Taliban’s August 31 deadline for evacuations near.
‘Call your senator, call your congressman. Tell them to put the heat on the State Department,’ he told his viewers. ‘This is an abomination on what is happening.’