U.S. lawmakers introduced a bipartisan resolution Wednesday to formally declare the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s targeting of Christians “genocide.”

“Christianity in the Middle East is shattered,” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., said in a statement. “The ancient faith tradition lies beaten, broken, and dying.”

In its fight to establish a caliphate governed by strict Sharia law, ISIS has driven Christians out of Iraq and Syria in masses as they torch their churches to dust and murder them in scores, often referring to them as “crusaders” in its holy war.

“[A]n official statement of the Congress of the United States must be made to label these atrocities carried out against Christians and other religious minorities for what they are…genocide,” Rep. Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat who also sponsored the resolution, said in a statement.