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DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus

UPDATE: Feb. 14th, 2019

After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel "Second Coming"!

Read more: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/dc-comics-cancels-second-coming/


DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the “Second Coming” comic “reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again.” Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, “God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.

When asked how long his series will continue, Russell explained, “We’re slated for six issues but the goal would be to turn it into an ongoing if the reaction is positive.”

Let DC Comics know that the reaction is most assuredly not positive. If we can’t stop the initial release, hopefully we can ensure that there are no future releases. 

Please sign this petition if you agree that DC Comics should pull this blasphemous series. Your signature will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. 

Let's Get Asia Bibi Out of Pakistan

UPDATE: May 8th, 2019

We are able to confirm that Asia Bibi has successfully relocated to Canada where she will start a new life with her family. We praise God for this deliverance and thank our supporters and signers for their efforts to defend Asia.


Last week, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted in Pakistan after over eight years of court proceedings. She has been in prison since June 16, 2009, accused of the crime of breaking a Sharia-based blasphemy law. Her Muslim co-workers, who reproached her for being a Christian, brought the accusation after an argument over a drinking vessel.

Her family has been informed that, in recent months, her physical condition has gotten worst during her stay in Multan prison.

Since her incarceration, the MasLibres.org platform (belonging to the CitizenGO Group) has fought for her freedom, supporting her family and channeling the economic aid of thousands of citizens to defend this Christian mother.

However, although she has been acquitted, her problems are not over.

Her acquittal has provoked a wave of violence throughout Pakistan that has already left several dead. Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee the country in order not to be killed. The situation is more delicate than ever. 

We at CitizenGO wish to help take Asia Bibi and her family out of the country and give them a better life. However, they are now prohibited from leaving Pakistan, and her court case might be reviewed.

That is why we are asking the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to intercede as soon as possible so that this Christian woman and her family can leave, and that the necessary security measures will be taken to keep them alive.

We also ask United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to pressure Khan with all available diplomatic tools in order to achieve complete freedom for Asia Bibi and her family.

Venezuelans are dying. Sign now!

UPDATE


On Thursday, September 27th, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution for the protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, something that has never happened before. There were only seven votes against it!


This means that the UN now recognizes the flagrant violations of Venezuelans' most basic rights and it is urging Maduro's regime to "accept humanitarian assistance in order to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies."

This is precisely what we had requested and, with your invaluable help, we have achieved it!

Rubén Navarro, a representative of CitizenGO, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about our campaign.

We were also able to deliver more than 123,000 signatures from active citizens like you from around the world to the offices of Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and to Tedros Adhanom, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We were in contact with 16 member state representatives and we met formally with nine. The international community is really worried about the situation in Venezuela.

On August 20th we had convened a press conference with four exceptional witnesses of the situation suffered by the Venezuelan people: Patricia Carrera, president of LEAN Foundation and human rights activist; Carleth Morales, journalist; Carlos Moreno, brother of a murdered Green Helmet and Araminta González, who had been tortured for two years.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bCbYnRBXNU

The event had a great impact and we reached dozens of national and international media outlets. Venezuela made the news again after months of complicit silence from the media.

We are excited to have helped hundreds of Venezuelans thanks to your collaboration with the shipment of 4,790 kilos of medicine. Almost five tons! It is very inspiring to see all the grateful children, families, and all kinds of people.

You can watch a video overview of our efforts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6_ZSsHe3A

 


The Venezuelan people are dying due to a lack of medical treatment. This urgent petition asks the United Nations and the World Health Organization to create a humanitarian corridor to save the Venezuelan people.


The deadly Chávez regime has held power in Venezuela for 20 years. Now, the lethal regime has led to the total ruin of the country... a country with the largest reservoirs of oil on the planet!


All of this is thanks to Venezuela's nefarious administration, whose ideological basis is communism or 'the socialism of the 21st century'.


Who pays for the consequences for this disastrous regime? Not the leaders of the government, such as President Nicolás Maduro or well-known politician Diosdado Cabello, who have luxurious apartments in New York. And certainly not the daughter of Hugo Chávez, who has a fortune valued at 3.6 billion USD by Forbes.


Hugo Chávez's daughter has access to 3.6 billion dollars... and people in Venezuela are dying of hunger and suffering due to the lack of basic medical services! Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to get so much as a roll of toilet paper.


The situation is dangerous and unsustainable, but the international community has thus far remained idle. The humanitarian emergency in Venezuela is no longer making prime time news, and it has therefore fallen out of interest for international institutions.


Here are some important facts about the situation in Venezuela:

  • The average monthly salary in Venezuela is about 5,916,000 bolivares (Bs) or $34.30USD. Some of the medicines they need to import cost over $3,800USD.
  • In 88% of the hospitals, there are no drugs available. In 79%, there are no sanitary materials and water cuts are a constant occurrence.*
  • 30% of doctors with more than 30 years of experience, and 75% with ten years or less of experience, have left the country.*
  • 90% of treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or hemophilia are not available.
  • From January to May of this year, the price of drugs tripled from 1,000% to 3,000% of the cost before the crisis.**
  • Most importantly, 16,000 people are at risk of imminent death. The number increases every day.

With these facts in mind, we are asking the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intercede and immediately create a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supply of medicine and basic sanitary material.


This must be done to save the people of Venezuela. The suffering and mistreatment of the Venezuelan people should be considered crimes against humanity.


Write to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to make them aware of the extremely delicate situation in Venezuela. Ask them to immediately establish a humanitarian corridor for the entry of medicines and sanitary material to help the battered population.


*Data from Médicos por la Salud

**Data from Federación Farmacéutica Venezolana (Fefarven)

Turkey Must Release Pastor Andrew Brunson from Prison!

Turkey’s crackdown on Christianity has put an American clergyman in jail for over 500 days without due process.

Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American clergyman and missionary from North Carolina, has lived peacefully in Turkey for the last 23 years. During his time in Turkey, Pastor Brunson, alongside his wife Noreen, has served as the pastor of a small Protestant congregation, of around 40 members, at the Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey.

Pastor Brunson and his wife Noreen, raised their three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. In October 2016, when Pastor Brunson and Noreen were asked to go to the police station, they were under the impression it was to receive notification about the status of their permanent residency request. Instead, they were both locked into a prison cell, accused of collaborating in a conspiracy “against national security” and “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

Noreen Brunson was released two days later while Pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on April 16, 2018.  

A 62-page indictment was recently released against Pastor Brunson, claiming his involvement in "Christianization," which is being treated as an act of terrorism. Also, the indictment is full of false witnesses claiming Pastor Brunson misrepresented Christianity and spoke against the government. All which Pastor Brunson claims as untrue as he maintains his innocence.

Pastor Brunson is 50-years-old and, if convicted, these serious charges carry with them a 35-year sentence. Without pressure from President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State, this could be a life sentence for Pastor Brunson.

Furthermore, Pastor Brunson is not alone. Open Doors USA claims there are 187,000 Christians in Turkeys. Turkey is ranked 31st on their 2018 World Watch List. Christians face a “very high” level of persecution mainly stemming from “Islamic oppression.”

Open Doors USA claims, “Religious nationalism has grown to new heights. President Erdogan has strengthened his position, trying to transform Turkey from a secular state into a Sunni Muslim one. Leaving Islam for Christianity is considered a betrayal of the Turkish identity, Islam and the family. Christians have no access to state jobs and experience discrimination in private employment, especially where employers have ties to the government.”

Turkey as a member of NATO is claimed to be an ally of the United States. Yet, since a failed coup against the Turkish government by religious outsiders, Turkey has digressed in protecting the rights that the United States and our Constitution hold dearly as a pillar to all mankind.

Currently, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to organize or demonstrate are among an unprotected class in Turkey. However, in the United States of America, rightfully so, our government protects the rights of Turkish citizens to practice their faith and live peacefully among others.

Sign our petition to demand the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison. 


For more information: 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/05/andrew_brunson_the_american_pastor_caught_in_erdogan_s_crackdown.html

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/turkey/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/download/wwl2018_31-turkey-countrycard/?wpdmdl=19167

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/62-page-indictment-against-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-effectively-calls-sharing-the-gospel-an-act-of-terrorism

Support the bill to restrict dismemberment abortions in Florida

This bill has now passed the Florida House! http://www.lifenews.com/2018/03/01/florida-house-passes-bill-to-ban-dism...

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Each year in Florida, 2,800 babies are barbarically ripped apart within their mothers’ wombs through the practice of dismemberment abortion. The fact that this practice is legal in modern America should make our blood boil. A mother’s womb should be the safest place for her baby, but thousands of babies each year are killed through this barbarous practice.

Fortunately, there is now an effort in Florida through House Bill 1429 to restrict dismemberment abortion in the state. Please sign this petition now to the Florida legislature and urge them to pass House Bill 1429 into law in order to protect the 2,800 babies lost through dismemberment abortion each year in Florida.

Planned Parenthood defenders of dismemberment abortion describe it as using “surgical instruments…to remove material from the women.” But what is that “material” the doctor is removing? It is a living human baby that the doctor has just killed by tearing her limbs from her body, ripping her torso in half, and crushing her skull. That baby has the same human rights to not have her limbs, organs, skull, and brains torn apart as any other human person does!

Pro-abortion advocates—usually people who claim to support science—do everything they can to hide the scientific facts of dismemberment abortions from the mothers who fall victim to their plot. Even Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy—the favorite of many liberals for his gay marriage decisions—has recognized the undeniable fact of what happens during “D&E” procedures. “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb.Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914, 958–59 (2000) (Kennedy, J., dissenting) (emphasis added).

Abortion is a violent, evil practice that murders a baby and destroys a mother.

Preterm, a notorious abortion center, has a website where women can share their abortion stories. Preterm says these stories are supposed to demonstrate that abortion is a normal and commonplace procedure that women experience.

However, after reading through these stories for just a few minutes it is clear that the women who have received abortions aren’t happy about it, in fact many are completely traumatized and devastated.

Listen to one woman’s story, posted just a couple of weeks ago.

“I got an abortion and ever since, I've just felt empty. It's only been 5 days... and I want to die. I regret it so much. But there's no going back. I put the pill in my mouth and held it there I thought for a second. Was I doing the right thing? And my brain, My stupid, stupid brain, Said yes.

“I should have listened to my heart. My heart was screaming at me ‘Don't swallow it.’ But my brain made me do it. I instantly regretted what I had just done. The drive home was agonizing. My boyfriend wanted me to do it. He convinced me that it was what we needed. I have so much anger towards him.”

These stories are a sobering reminder that, oftentimes, women who get abortions are the victims too. We need to be praying for these women and coming alongside them in their grief and loneliness.

That’s why it is so important that we continue to stand up and fight against abortion! Although our ultimate goal is to outlaw abortion in our lifetime, each restriction we can pass will save lives and ultimately chip away at this barbaric practice and save future pregnant mothers from a culture where this terrible decision is “a choice” they are told they can and should make.

Ask the Florida to pass House Bill 1429 now.

Further Resources:

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/16/florida-house-committee-passes-bill-to-ban-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-off-babies-limbs/

http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Certain-type-of-abortion-could-soon-be-illegal-in-Florida-474256343.html

Iowa, it’s time to ban abortion after the heartbeat is detected

Great News! This bill has just passed in the Senate!! https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/28/iowa-se...

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In modern America, we are blessed by an incredibly fast emergency response system. If an individual has a heart attack, 911 can be notified, and within just minutes paramedics are on the scene to rescue the person whose heart is failing them.

This is very good! It is a blessing from God that we are able to save so many people in emergencies through this system. Isn’t ironic however, that the same country that dispatches a team of medical professionals in just minutes to save a life is perfectly fine with snuffing out thousands of babies each year through abortion?

Obviously, we are double minded and this disregard for the most vulnerable among us, unborn babies, must be combatted. Fortunately, there is now an effort in Iowa through Senate Study Bill 3143 to outlaw abortion after the fetal heartbeat has been detected!  Senate Study Bill 3143 has just been approved by committee and will now be considered by the full legislature. Please sign this petition to the Iowa legislature stating your support for this important life-saving bill!

Support for this bill is strong in the legislature. Senator Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton is a strong supporter of this Senate Study Bill 3143. She herself became pregnant at 19, but upon hearing her son’s heartbeat realized that he was not merely a clump of cells, but a living human being growing inside her body.

“These are human beings. We have the responsibility to offer them the same liberty and the same rights that you and I have,” said Senator Sinclair.

Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, stated that Iowa is moving in a pro-life direction. "This may be what our culture is ready for. Stopping a beating heart is never health care."

In Iowa, through abortion, 10 babies are killed every day. Imagine if just every month 10 school children were killed? We would demand action! We would demand that the state do something to protect these innocent little ones made in the image of God. Unborn babies are no less human than 5-year-olds. And yet, every day in the state of Iowa 10 babies are killed.

We must remember that every abortion ends a human life that is made in the image of God. There is sanctity in each and every human life, and we must fight on all fronts to protect unborn children. We know that every abortion results in a dead baby and a damaged mother. This is something we must stand against.  

Please sign this petition to the Iowa legislature stating your support Senate Study Bill 3143.

Further Resources:

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/13/iowa-senate-committee-passes-bill-to-ban-all-abortions-after-unborn-babys-heartbeat-begins/

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Anti-abortion-bill-passes-Iowa-Senate-committee-473876063.html

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SSB3143

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Do not register Rock of Hope Organization

It is with great shock and disappointment that the people of Eswatini have learnt through local media that the registrar of companies intends to register Rock of Hope Organization.

Rock of Hope first falsely presented themselves as a health organization yet it is actually promoting the homosexual agenda. Now, once again they are trying to trick government by falsely presenting themselves as a company.

By promoting the homosexual agenda Rock of Hope is sowing seeds of confusion by endorsing the controversial notions of sexual orientation (preference) and gender identity in the country.

Research has found that to date there are more than thirty (30) different sexual preferences which include horrific acts such as paedophilia (preference of sex with children), bestiality (preference of sex with animals) and necrophilia (sex with dead bodies)

If Rock of Hope is registered it would be tantamount to saying that the people of Eswatini endorse such preferences. There is currently no end to the list of so-called gender identities so it is unknown whether you are talking about LGBT, LGBTI, LGBTQI, LGBTQIP etc .

Rock of Hope is promoting notions that are contrary to the norms, values and religious beliefs of Emaswati and we therefore call on the registrar for the good of our King and country and all Emaswati not to register Rock of Hope Organization as a company.

Highly concerned Emaswati

DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus

UPDATE: Feb. 14th, 2019

After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel "Second Coming"!

Read more: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/dc-comics-cancels-second-coming/


DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the “Second Coming” comic “reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again.” Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, “God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.

When asked how long his series will continue, Russell explained, “We’re slated for six issues but the goal would be to turn it into an ongoing if the reaction is positive.”

Let DC Comics know that the reaction is most assuredly not positive. If we can’t stop the initial release, hopefully we can ensure that there are no future releases. 

Please sign this petition if you agree that DC Comics should pull this blasphemous series. Your signature will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. 

Let's Get Asia Bibi Out of Pakistan

UPDATE: May 8th, 2019

We are able to confirm that Asia Bibi has successfully relocated to Canada where she will start a new life with her family. We praise God for this deliverance and thank our supporters and signers for their efforts to defend Asia.


Last week, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted in Pakistan after over eight years of court proceedings. She has been in prison since June 16, 2009, accused of the crime of breaking a Sharia-based blasphemy law. Her Muslim co-workers, who reproached her for being a Christian, brought the accusation after an argument over a drinking vessel.

Her family has been informed that, in recent months, her physical condition has gotten worst during her stay in Multan prison.

Since her incarceration, the MasLibres.org platform (belonging to the CitizenGO Group) has fought for her freedom, supporting her family and channeling the economic aid of thousands of citizens to defend this Christian mother.

However, although she has been acquitted, her problems are not over.

Her acquittal has provoked a wave of violence throughout Pakistan that has already left several dead. Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee the country in order not to be killed. The situation is more delicate than ever. 

We at CitizenGO wish to help take Asia Bibi and her family out of the country and give them a better life. However, they are now prohibited from leaving Pakistan, and her court case might be reviewed.

That is why we are asking the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to intercede as soon as possible so that this Christian woman and her family can leave, and that the necessary security measures will be taken to keep them alive.

We also ask United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to pressure Khan with all available diplomatic tools in order to achieve complete freedom for Asia Bibi and her family.

Venezuelans are dying. Sign now!

UPDATE


On Thursday, September 27th, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution for the protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, something that has never happened before. There were only seven votes against it!


This means that the UN now recognizes the flagrant violations of Venezuelans' most basic rights and it is urging Maduro's regime to "accept humanitarian assistance in order to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies."

This is precisely what we had requested and, with your invaluable help, we have achieved it!

Rubén Navarro, a representative of CitizenGO, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about our campaign.

We were also able to deliver more than 123,000 signatures from active citizens like you from around the world to the offices of Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and to Tedros Adhanom, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We were in contact with 16 member state representatives and we met formally with nine. The international community is really worried about the situation in Venezuela.

On August 20th we had convened a press conference with four exceptional witnesses of the situation suffered by the Venezuelan people: Patricia Carrera, president of LEAN Foundation and human rights activist; Carleth Morales, journalist; Carlos Moreno, brother of a murdered Green Helmet and Araminta González, who had been tortured for two years.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bCbYnRBXNU

The event had a great impact and we reached dozens of national and international media outlets. Venezuela made the news again after months of complicit silence from the media.

We are excited to have helped hundreds of Venezuelans thanks to your collaboration with the shipment of 4,790 kilos of medicine. Almost five tons! It is very inspiring to see all the grateful children, families, and all kinds of people.

You can watch a video overview of our efforts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6_ZSsHe3A

 


The Venezuelan people are dying due to a lack of medical treatment. This urgent petition asks the United Nations and the World Health Organization to create a humanitarian corridor to save the Venezuelan people.


The deadly Chávez regime has held power in Venezuela for 20 years. Now, the lethal regime has led to the total ruin of the country... a country with the largest reservoirs of oil on the planet!


All of this is thanks to Venezuela's nefarious administration, whose ideological basis is communism or 'the socialism of the 21st century'.


Who pays for the consequences for this disastrous regime? Not the leaders of the government, such as President Nicolás Maduro or well-known politician Diosdado Cabello, who have luxurious apartments in New York. And certainly not the daughter of Hugo Chávez, who has a fortune valued at 3.6 billion USD by Forbes.


Hugo Chávez's daughter has access to 3.6 billion dollars... and people in Venezuela are dying of hunger and suffering due to the lack of basic medical services! Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to get so much as a roll of toilet paper.


The situation is dangerous and unsustainable, but the international community has thus far remained idle. The humanitarian emergency in Venezuela is no longer making prime time news, and it has therefore fallen out of interest for international institutions.


Here are some important facts about the situation in Venezuela:

  • The average monthly salary in Venezuela is about 5,916,000 bolivares (Bs) or $34.30USD. Some of the medicines they need to import cost over $3,800USD.
  • In 88% of the hospitals, there are no drugs available. In 79%, there are no sanitary materials and water cuts are a constant occurrence.*
  • 30% of doctors with more than 30 years of experience, and 75% with ten years or less of experience, have left the country.*
  • 90% of treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or hemophilia are not available.
  • From January to May of this year, the price of drugs tripled from 1,000% to 3,000% of the cost before the crisis.**
  • Most importantly, 16,000 people are at risk of imminent death. The number increases every day.

With these facts in mind, we are asking the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intercede and immediately create a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supply of medicine and basic sanitary material.


This must be done to save the people of Venezuela. The suffering and mistreatment of the Venezuelan people should be considered crimes against humanity.


Write to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to make them aware of the extremely delicate situation in Venezuela. Ask them to immediately establish a humanitarian corridor for the entry of medicines and sanitary material to help the battered population.


*Data from Médicos por la Salud

**Data from Federación Farmacéutica Venezolana (Fefarven)

Turkey Must Release Pastor Andrew Brunson from Prison!

Turkey’s crackdown on Christianity has put an American clergyman in jail for over 500 days without due process.

Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American clergyman and missionary from North Carolina, has lived peacefully in Turkey for the last 23 years. During his time in Turkey, Pastor Brunson, alongside his wife Noreen, has served as the pastor of a small Protestant congregation, of around 40 members, at the Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey.

Pastor Brunson and his wife Noreen, raised their three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. In October 2016, when Pastor Brunson and Noreen were asked to go to the police station, they were under the impression it was to receive notification about the status of their permanent residency request. Instead, they were both locked into a prison cell, accused of collaborating in a conspiracy “against national security” and “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

Noreen Brunson was released two days later while Pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on April 16, 2018.  

A 62-page indictment was recently released against Pastor Brunson, claiming his involvement in "Christianization," which is being treated as an act of terrorism. Also, the indictment is full of false witnesses claiming Pastor Brunson misrepresented Christianity and spoke against the government. All which Pastor Brunson claims as untrue as he maintains his innocence.

Pastor Brunson is 50-years-old and, if convicted, these serious charges carry with them a 35-year sentence. Without pressure from President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State, this could be a life sentence for Pastor Brunson.

Furthermore, Pastor Brunson is not alone. Open Doors USA claims there are 187,000 Christians in Turkeys. Turkey is ranked 31st on their 2018 World Watch List. Christians face a “very high” level of persecution mainly stemming from “Islamic oppression.”

Open Doors USA claims, “Religious nationalism has grown to new heights. President Erdogan has strengthened his position, trying to transform Turkey from a secular state into a Sunni Muslim one. Leaving Islam for Christianity is considered a betrayal of the Turkish identity, Islam and the family. Christians have no access to state jobs and experience discrimination in private employment, especially where employers have ties to the government.”

Turkey as a member of NATO is claimed to be an ally of the United States. Yet, since a failed coup against the Turkish government by religious outsiders, Turkey has digressed in protecting the rights that the United States and our Constitution hold dearly as a pillar to all mankind.

Currently, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to organize or demonstrate are among an unprotected class in Turkey. However, in the United States of America, rightfully so, our government protects the rights of Turkish citizens to practice their faith and live peacefully among others.

Sign our petition to demand the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison. 


For more information: 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/05/andrew_brunson_the_american_pastor_caught_in_erdogan_s_crackdown.html

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/turkey/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/download/wwl2018_31-turkey-countrycard/?wpdmdl=19167

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/62-page-indictment-against-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-effectively-calls-sharing-the-gospel-an-act-of-terrorism

Support the bill to restrict dismemberment abortions in Florida

This bill has now passed the Florida House! http://www.lifenews.com/2018/03/01/florida-house-passes-bill-to-ban-dism...

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Each year in Florida, 2,800 babies are barbarically ripped apart within their mothers’ wombs through the practice of dismemberment abortion. The fact that this practice is legal in modern America should make our blood boil. A mother’s womb should be the safest place for her baby, but thousands of babies each year are killed through this barbarous practice.

Fortunately, there is now an effort in Florida through House Bill 1429 to restrict dismemberment abortion in the state. Please sign this petition now to the Florida legislature and urge them to pass House Bill 1429 into law in order to protect the 2,800 babies lost through dismemberment abortion each year in Florida.

Planned Parenthood defenders of dismemberment abortion describe it as using “surgical instruments…to remove material from the women.” But what is that “material” the doctor is removing? It is a living human baby that the doctor has just killed by tearing her limbs from her body, ripping her torso in half, and crushing her skull. That baby has the same human rights to not have her limbs, organs, skull, and brains torn apart as any other human person does!

Pro-abortion advocates—usually people who claim to support science—do everything they can to hide the scientific facts of dismemberment abortions from the mothers who fall victim to their plot. Even Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy—the favorite of many liberals for his gay marriage decisions—has recognized the undeniable fact of what happens during “D&E” procedures. “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb.Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914, 958–59 (2000) (Kennedy, J., dissenting) (emphasis added).

Abortion is a violent, evil practice that murders a baby and destroys a mother.

Preterm, a notorious abortion center, has a website where women can share their abortion stories. Preterm says these stories are supposed to demonstrate that abortion is a normal and commonplace procedure that women experience.

However, after reading through these stories for just a few minutes it is clear that the women who have received abortions aren’t happy about it, in fact many are completely traumatized and devastated.

Listen to one woman’s story, posted just a couple of weeks ago.

“I got an abortion and ever since, I've just felt empty. It's only been 5 days... and I want to die. I regret it so much. But there's no going back. I put the pill in my mouth and held it there I thought for a second. Was I doing the right thing? And my brain, My stupid, stupid brain, Said yes.

“I should have listened to my heart. My heart was screaming at me ‘Don't swallow it.’ But my brain made me do it. I instantly regretted what I had just done. The drive home was agonizing. My boyfriend wanted me to do it. He convinced me that it was what we needed. I have so much anger towards him.”

These stories are a sobering reminder that, oftentimes, women who get abortions are the victims too. We need to be praying for these women and coming alongside them in their grief and loneliness.

That’s why it is so important that we continue to stand up and fight against abortion! Although our ultimate goal is to outlaw abortion in our lifetime, each restriction we can pass will save lives and ultimately chip away at this barbaric practice and save future pregnant mothers from a culture where this terrible decision is “a choice” they are told they can and should make.

Ask the Florida to pass House Bill 1429 now.

Further Resources:

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/16/florida-house-committee-passes-bill-to-ban-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-off-babies-limbs/

http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Certain-type-of-abortion-could-soon-be-illegal-in-Florida-474256343.html

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