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October 23, 2017

IRD to Co-Sponsor “Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East” Summit

Institute on Religion and Democracy Media Advisory
October 23, 2017
Contact: Chelsen Vicari, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail: jwalton@TheIRD.org

“Too many American Christians don’t care about persecuted Christians. Some even think advocacy for fellow Christians is unchristian favoritism. Wrong! The Body of Christ has a special duty to model to the world our love for our own family of faith.”
-IRD President Mark Tooley

Who: Institute on Religion & Democracy

What:  In Defense of Christians 2017 Summit: “American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East”

Where: National Press Club; JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

When: October 24-26, 2017, 2 p.m. (EST)

Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion & Democracy will co-sponsor a crucial press briefing and two-day conference examining the religious minorities most brutalized and displaced by ISIS and urge America’s assistance for those persecuted. The fourth annual In Defense of Christians Summit will unite religious leaders, political representatives, scholars, and advocates to preserve and protect Christians and Christianity in the Middle East.

IRD President Mark Tooley will speak on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 24 as part of an opening press conference located at the National Press Club. Tooley will also moderate a plenary panel on the morning of Wednesday, October 25, addressing “How to Advance U.S. Interests by Protecting Religious Minorities in the Middle East.” He is available for interview.

A conference schedule, list of speakers, and registration information can be found on the In Defense of Christians’ web site at: indefenseofchristians.org.

IRD President Mark Tooley commented:

“Too many American Christians don’t care about persecuted Christians. Some even think advocacy for fellow Christians is unchristian favoritism. Wrong!  The Body of Christ has a special duty to model to the world our love for our own family of faith.” 

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