Liberal commentator Kirsten Powers is speaking out against President Barack Obama's relative silence on the plight of Middle Eastern Christians who are being routinely slaughtered by Islamic extremists, saying she believes that he should more fervently acknowledge the "religious cleansing" that is unfolding.
"I feel like it's really reaching a critical tipping point," she said on the "O'Reilly Factor on Tuesday night. "It's something that President Obama has really been largely silent on."
Powers, who is herself a Christian, said that the president will discuss religious persecution when he is put under pressure to do so, but that he typically clumps the horrific plight that Christians face in with other types of persecution.
"The fact is that there is a religious cleansing going on right now that he should acknowledge," Powers told O'Reilly. "And yes, I do expect him to acknowledge it."
The liberal commentator said that she was married to a Coptic Christian and that the issue is "near and dear" to her.
"When I see these Coptic Christians being beheaded, I see family essentially," she said.
Powers said that the commander-in-chief has simply not made it a priority to address and take actionable steps to stop the Christian slaughter.
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In her USA Today column published on Tuesday, Powers went into greater detail, expressing the dire need for Obama to speak out.
"The president's mumblings about the atrocities visited upon Christians (usually extracted after public outcry over his silence) are few and far between," she wrote. "And it will be hard to forget his lecturing of Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast about the centuries-old Crusades while Middle Eastern Christianswere at that moment being harassed, driven from their homes, tortured and murdered for their faith."