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Alliance Defending Freedom Member Appointed to Key UN Religious Freedom Post

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The Alliance Defending Freedom has had a very good year. They represented two defendants in the most high-profile religious freedom cases in the nation over the past few years, Barronelle Stutzman and Jack Phillips, both of which received favorable answers from the Supreme Court this month that the state had no right to discriminate against them because of their Christian faith.

Now, ADF UN council Kelsey Zorzi has taken the helm of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, where she will no doubt take a bold stand for global religious freedom that is sorely needed.

CBN reports that Zorzi believes global religious freedom is “in crisis”:

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“Religious freedom is being undermined in every corner of the globe,” she said after being elected. “The international community must unite to promote and protect this foundational human right.”

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“The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief is committed to partnering with Member States, UN bodies and other actors to highlight the current crisis and develop effective responses,” Zorzi continued.

They also note that “In her position as UN Counsel, Zorzi heads up the work of ADF International to stop Christians from being persecuted around the world and to bring those at fault to justice.”

Global persecution of Christians is a mounting issue in these violent times. From the Middle East to China and North Korea, Christians face everything from discriminatory government policies and restrictions on corporate worship or the distribution of Bibles, to death sentences for blasphemy or violent deaths at the hands of angry mobs and religiously-motivated insurgent groups.

One only need take a quick look at ISIS’ modus operandi or the Chinese government’s policies to understand the very real suffering of the persecuted church globally. Christianity may be under attack in America, but a day should not go by in which you do not thank the Lord to live in a place where we can openly worship and live in relative peace as open Christians.

This is a freedom that everyone in the world, regardless of faith, deserves, Zorzi says:

As president of the UN committee, Zorzi’s mission will also include upholding religious freedom, as well as promoting the belief that every individual has “value and dignity”, the news release stated.

“I feel extremely honored to be elected to fulfill my duty as president of the committee,” she said. “The rights of freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief are core values of a free society, protected by major human rights treaties.”

“We have an obligation to prevent violations of people’s inherent freedoms,” Zorzi continued. “No person or group should live in fear of being killed, tortured or oppressed because of their deeply held convictions.”

Amen!

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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President Trump recently said that he would “do a number” on countries located in the Middle East that are persecuting Christians if he could find solid proof and evidence that sort of thing was happening. Christians in that part of the world are heavily persecuted, mostly by radical Muslim government regimes and terrorist groups, for daring to stand up boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it’s beyond disgraceful,” Trump said Thursday during a news conference at the White House. “If I had information and if I had absolute proof — some of the stories that we’ve heard, which are not easy, which is not easy to get — I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn’t believe. He added, “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — it’s disgraceful.” Trump made the comment while discussing the nascent “Abraham Accord” treaty to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is not only going to be a big help to Christians in that area of the world, but it will also help Israel as well. For many, many years, the Jewish Nation has been surrounded by countries who do not recognize it’s legitimate right to exist. Striking this deal is a first step in changing that way of thinking in that part of the world. It’s something a lot of folks probably never dreamed possible before. Christians are told in the Bible to expect persecutions and to rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ. However, that doesn’t mean we should allow persecution to continue on as if it’s a good thing. It’s not. If we have an opportunity…

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