Campaigns urged to take Christian persecution seriously

Friday, October 14, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

WorldWatchList2016Open Doors USA was one of several groups that sat down with both the Trump and Clinton campaigns to see what they would commit to do in light of continued persecution of Christians worldwide.

OneNewsNow has reported numerous times on Christians increasingly being persecuted around the world for their faith – in Russia, China, Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, and many other countries. Open Doors USA president Dr. David Curry says the next U.S. president mustn't stand by and do nothing.

"It's a perfect time for the candidates to say [that] this needs to be the priority, because it's so central to everything else that you might see on a foreign policy agenda," he begins.

In fact, Curry says it's in the United States' best interest to take the issue seriously.

"The persecution of Christians is a canary in the coal mine for what's happening around the world," he tells OneNewsNow. "The persecution of Christians is the forerunner to areas and countries tipping into chaos – and there are going to be bigger national security problems [as a result]."

Curry

That's why he and representatives of more than a dozen other organizations that monitor global persecution sat down recently with both presidential campaigns to gauge their commitment to the issue. The effort, he says, met with mixed results.

"The discussions were off the record, but there were significant issues of difference," Curry states. "We felt like we had some real points of agreement with the campaigns."

Specifically the coalition was urging the nominees to appoint qualified people to the State Department as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and the Special Envoy for Religion and Global Affairs – and to do it within the first 100 days in office.

Curry says the group felt heard. "Both of them are beginning to understand what importance the persecution of Christians has to many people in this country," he shares. And only time, he adds, will tell if the candidates were motivated by politics or by genuine concern.

Both campaigns received a series of recommendations from the coalition for addressing its concerns about religious freedom.

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