Baylor University Panel to Address the Need for Policy Change Regarding Mideast Persecution of ChristiansMarch 29, 2016
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WACO, Texas (March 30, 2016) — As the global persecution of Christians continues, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, former Congressman Frank Wolf, Pastor Jalil Dawood, founder of Word Refugee Care, and Cole Richards of The Voice of the Martyrs will discuss the critical issue at Baylor on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
The goal for the panel discussion —“The Persecuted Church” — is to call for a change in the attitudes of American churches and a new United States policy. It comes amid beheadings, mutilations, torture and rape of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
“As a self-professed Christian university, we dare not be silent and do nothing in these times,” said D.H. Williams, Ph.D., professor of patristics and historical theology in the department of religion in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “I’m hoping what we can do is more than increase awareness. We want to suggest plans that our student body and local churches can rise to, and other concrete ideas — perhaps the creation of a political and military safe zone, wherever that may be.
"What do we do to dispute the great suspicion that falls on refugees, even if they are Christian?”
The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Baylor Sciences Building Room B-110, 101 Bagby Ave. on the Baylor campus.
The Obama administration officially announced recently that the group calling itself the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed legal briefs in international courts to provide Christians vital legal protections. More than 450,000 people globally signed a petition circulated by ACLJ to urge the recognition of genocide and protection of Christians.
According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular observatory based in Frankfurt, Germany, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians. Statistically speaking, that makes Christians by far the most persecuted religious body on the planet.
Panelists who will discuss implications of persecution for Christians will include:
Last year was the worst year for Christian persecution on record, with more than 7,000 Christians slaughtered, said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
Other facts from ACLJ:
ACLJ has filed legal briefs in international courts and is working in Congress to provide Christians vital legal protections.
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