Christian radio host Bryan Fischer is in agreement with the Muslim extremist group Islamic State (ISIS) that a minority religion in Iraq is made up of “devil worshippers.” And he’s irate that Presdient Barack Obama is authorizing a humanitarian mission to help the Yazidi people, who are stranded and dying of thirst after ISIS launched an attack on them, Right Wing Watch reported.
“President Obama [is] bringing the full weight of the American military into Iraq now, after months and months and months of begging from the Iraqi government,” Fischer complained. “Now he’s going in there because devil worshippers are under attack.”
Obama said on Thursday that any air attacks would be carried out “if necessary.” Meanwhile, U.S. personnel has begun delivering food and water to thousands of civilians practicing the Yazidi religion, have been blockaded by ISIS.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the Yazidis were not allowed the option given to Iraqi Christians of converting or paying a “tax” for practicing their faith. Instead, ISIS condemned the group to death.
“They consider us infidels so they are killing us and taking away the women,” Iraqi Parliament member Vian Dakhil, herself a Yazidi, was quoted as saying. Fischer apparently shared ISIS’ belief that the Yazidi religion’s emphasis on seven angels, including one who refused to bow to Adam, is an allusion to the devil.
Besides criticizing Obama on his radio show, Fischer also wrote an online column blasting the Yazidi faith.
“In a rare point of theological accord, both Muslims and Christians agree that the archangel revered by the Yazidis is in fact the Prince of Darkness,” Fischer wrote.
The campaign against the Yazidis dates back to at least 2007, when al Qaeda militants issued an order calling for their death. A group of four coordinated suicide bombings that year killed nearly 800 people, reportedly in connection with that campaign.
“The Yazidis’ faith combines elements of Zoroastrianism from ancient Persia, Sufi Islam, Judaism and Christianity along with beliefs from ancient Mesopotamia,” the Christian Science Monitor reported. “It’s a closed and still secretive religion – members have to be born into the faith and cannot marry outside of it.”
Fischer also accused the Obama administration of ignoring incarcerated Christians like Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran for allegedly promoting Christianity and Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death in Sudan.
He did not mention, however, that Ibrahim was ultimately spared and arrived in the U.S. last week.
Watch Fischer’s remarks, as posted online on Friday, below.