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For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014

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NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson Speaks Up for Middle East Christians


Dr. Jerry A. JohnsonWashington, DC– Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), joined other prominent Christian leaders today on Capitol Hill to stand in solidarity with imperiled Christian communities in the Middle East who are increasingly threatened in the lands they have inhabited for centuries.

"Persecution against Christians is real," expressed Dr. Johnson. "Leaders in the United States must be a voice against such violence and intimidation inflicted on our Christian brothers and sisters, and indeed any religious minority, in the Middle East and around the world."

Today's press conference, hosted by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, announced the release of a "Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action" on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. The Pledge, in part, states: "Now facing an existential threat to their presence in the lands where Christianity has its roots, the Churches in the Middle East fear they have been largely ignored by their coreligionists in the West… American religious leaders need to pray and speak with greater urgency about this human rights crisis."

Dr. Johnson is among more than 175 Christian leaders already signed on to this call to action. Other signatories include:

  • Gary Bauer, President, American Values
  • Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
  • James Dobson, Founder and President, Family Talk
  • Jonathan Falwell, Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church
  • Franklin Graham, President and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Russell D. Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

This past February, the NRB Board of Directors unanimously adopted a Resolution urging the Obama Administration "to actively advocate to the international community the principles of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." The Board also honored retiring Rep. Wolf for his longtime leadership in Congress on behalf of international religious freedom and called for his and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) bill, The Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act, to be passed by Congress.

"I thank God for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," commented Dr. Johnson. "We often focus, as we should, on defending the integrity of its freedoms of religion and speech here at home. But we must also export them abroad."  


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