The Vice President Speaks Against Persecution and Genocide

Vice President Mike Pence assured attendees at this week’s World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians that the Trump Administration will be an ally to Christians and others who suffer harm for their faith around the world. Speaking at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Pence said his presence at the event signified President Donald Trump’s dedication to protecting Christians and was “a testament to President Trump’s tangible commitment to reaffirm America’s role as a beacon of hope and light and liberty to inspire the world.”

Inviting more than 600 participants from 130 countries, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) organized the summit in order to connect Christian victims of persecution with leaders and influencers who could hear their stories and work for change. As he opened the event, BGEA President Franklin Graham said, “Let us affirm our solidarity with all those suffering persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Pence certainly did so. Indeed, addressing those in the audience who were there to share their own testimonies, he said, “Let me also say how deeply humbling it is for me to stand today before the courageous men and women who are with us, who have stood without apology for their faith in Christ and suffered persecution across the wider world…. Your faith inspires me. It humbles me.”

The Vice President did not mince words about the violence, oppression, and intimidation hundreds of millions of Christians face globally. “Throughout the world, no people of faith today face greater hostility or hatred than the followers of Christ,” he said. In particular, he focused on attacks on Christians in the Middle East, especially the genocidal acts of ISIS. He declared, “That brutal regime shows a savagery, frankly, unseen in the Middle East since the Middle Ages. And I believe ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith, and it is time the world called it by name.”

Pence affirmed that the Trump Administration will not merely speak. It will act in defense of Christians in the Middle East and beyond. He stated, “This President knows the terrorists will not stop until we stop them. And under President Donald Trump, we will stop them.”

Notably, earlier this year at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, the NRB Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution in support of brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East. In particular, the Board declared its solidarity with those persecuted and called on “NRB members and their constituents to urge the United States to take decisive action in defense of Christians threatened by genocide.”

  • Find Vice President Mike Pence’s full speech to the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 12, 2017

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