In a recent article published in Providence, Thomas Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, and Toufic Baaklini, president and chairman of the board of directors of In Defense of Christians, point to the ongoing persecution of Christians throughout the world. While Christians in America during this pandemic understandably feel the strain of physical separation and an inability to gather, especially on Easter, “We are blessed to live in a nation that upholds the God-given right of religious freedom.”
“Unfortunately,” reminds Farr and Baaklini, “many of our co-religionists cannot say the same.” In rapid succession, they recount the horrific violence and marginalization that Christian communities in the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and China have endured in recent years and into the present.
Turning to current responses to their plight, Farr and Baaklini express gratitude for the bipartisan support for international religious freedom many U.S. government officials in both the legislative and executive branches have shown. But there is more to be done, and done more effectively than has been the case to this point.
As they conclude, Farr and Baaklini ask, “What better way to show support for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities than to exercise our rights as American citizens to advocate for those who have no such rights?”
Read the full article: “Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever”