WASHINGTON --- The Christian Defense Coalition calls for the Obama Administration to treat the American missionaries jailed in Haiti with the same commitment they are treating the three American hikers jailed in Iran.
With respect to the jailed hikers in Iran, Secretary of State Clinton has stated;
"As we have said repeatedly, we call on Iran to release all of the American citizens that they have currently detained. We believe they're being unjustly detained and that they should be released without further delay."
The hikers are being held on espionage charges.
With respect to the ten American missionaries being held, Secretary of Clinton has stated,
"Obviously, this is a matter for the Haitian judicial system. We're going to continue to provide support as we do in every instance like this to American citizens who have been charged and hope that this matter can be resolved in an expeditious way, but it is something that a sovereign nation is pursuing based on the evidence that it presented when the charges were announced."
Why the double standard toward the Christian missionaries?
Why not treat them the same as the hikers in Iran and demand their immediate release?
It is clear that the Obama Administration is not applying the same standard to the missionaries in Haiti as they are to those jailed in Iran.
The same rule should be applied to both situations. That is, the call for the missionaries immediate release without any more delays.
These Christian missionaries should not be treated as second class citizens by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney along with Rev. Rob Scheck met this week with Haitian Ambassador Joseph in an attempt to secure their release.