Ken Isaacs, who has a long record of humanitarian work as VP for the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse which has played a key role in their international relief efforts for many years, has been nominated by the US State Department to head the International Organization for Migration (IOM). With 35 years of experience organizing relief plans helping control the flow of migration, Isaacs seems the perfect fit for the IOM position, whose agenda involves handling one of the largest legal as well as illegal refugee/economic migrations due to a global crisis. Not surprisingly, his blunt remarks about Islamic terrorism have leftists and CAIR jihadists foaming at the mouth.
Washington Post The Trump administration’s nominee to coordinate billions of dollars in assistance to migrants around the world has suggested in social-media posts that Islam is an inherently violent religion and has said Christians in some cases should receive preferential treatment when resettling from hostile areas.
Questions about Isaacs’ views on Islam emerged shortly after his February 1 nomination in a Washington Post article that reported tweets between 2015 and 2017 in which Isaacs claimed the Koran “instructs” Muslims to commit acts of violence.
In June, after a terrorist attack in London, Isaac reposted and commented on a CNN International story that quoted a Catholic bishop saying “This isn’t in the name of God, this isn’t what the Muslim faith asks people to do.”
Last week, CNN reported on a set of retweets, including one in December where Isaacs circulated a post from Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, that claimed “peaceful Muslims” and “Jihadis” were indistinguishable. CNN reported four other instances where Isaacs retweeted anti-Islam sentiments.
Isaacs added that accusing him of discriminating against Muslims stands in defiance of his four-decade career, highlighting his charitable work in Darfur, Jordan, Iraq, Bangladesh and elsewhere helping Muslims in need.
Isaacs was in Bangladesh on Thursday, providing diphtheria treatment to Rohingya refugees, when his nomination was announced.
As a vice president at Samaritan’s Purse, an organization led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the evangelist Billy Graham, Isaacs has in the years since coordinated the group’s international relief efforts. In 2014, Isaacs was an outspoken advocate for the United States and Europe to lend more aid to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to stop the spread of a deadly outbreak of Ebola.
In a separate statement, spokeswoman Heather Nauert at the State Department said the agency would continue to support the nomination and stressed that Isaacs has a proven record of helping diverse populations around the globe.
In 2015, Isaacs ridiculed Obama for wanting to accept large numbers of Syrian refugees as a “foolish and delusional” attempt to “show cultural enlightenment.” Isaacs wrote that he had spent time in the Syrian refugee camp and that his visit had been long enough to conclude that there were dangers lurking in the groups of refugees.
“I know what a fighter looks like, how they carry themselves, how they group, and how there is tension in the air around them. Clearly the non-Syrian camp was 75% single males and while many rural refugees were there; there were also many men who have known violence,” Isaacs wrote. “I feel most of the refugees are fine people but there are real security risks and this can’t be swept under the rug.”
In other social-media posts, Isaacs divided refugees along religious lines and said Christians in at least one instance should receive preferential treatment.
Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), a frequent critic of the Trump administration, said that “this type of nomination coming from the Trump administration is a symptom of its deep hostility toward Muslims.”
Hooper said Isaacs’s professed views should be disqualifying: “It is imperative these positions maintain neutrality with regard to religion, national origin and . . . frankly have some sympathy for those who are migrating for no choice of their own but the economic and social pressures they are under.”