Family Research Council President Tony Perkins tonight called it “stunning” that the White House didn’t acknowledge that the 21 victims of ISIS beheadings in Libya were Christians.

In a statement, the White House said:

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.

This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL.  We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat.  We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis denounced the killings today, saying, “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians!”

Perkins said that ISIS made it clear that the mass execution targeted “people of the cross.”

“ISIS apparently has no difficulty saying ‘Christian,’ while the White House has a very difficult time,” he said.

Perkins warned, “What we are seeing unfolding in the Middle East is genocide.”