A new commercial airing nationally during both parties’ conventions picks up on a theme considered in both party’s platforms: the plight of Christians suffering genocide in the Middle East. The commercial seeks the public’s help in supporting these persecuted Christians, since funds from the U.S. government and the United Nations often do not reach these victims.
The commercial is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and can be viewed here. The spot highlights the genocide against Christians by ISIS, an issue that has created a rare bipartisan consensus in a year that has often seen sharp political divisions.
The U.S. State Department declared this year that Christians and other religious minorities faced genocide at the hands of ISIS. Both houses of Congress unanimously said the same.
Both the GOP platform and the draft Democrat platform express concern over the plight of Christians and other religious minorities facing genocide.