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IRD: Where are the Christian Refugees from Syria?

November 17, 2015

“The U.S. government’s response has been woefully inadequate,” says IRD’s Faith McDonnell. “Neither helping these minorities defend themselves and stay, nor providing them asylum to leave.”


Faith on Freedom: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Part 2)

November 6, 2015

Sometimes the horrific news about the persecution of Christians around the world just shocks us, angers us, and leaves us paralyzed. We need to get into the habit of praying in response to that news. Hear more from Faith McDonnell in today’s video.


IRD Launches Journal Examining U.S. Foreign Policy from Christian Perspective

November 4, 2015

Evangelical Christians are among the most influential groups of activists and voters in America today. Yet, when it comes to scholarly discussion of international affairs, conservative evangelicals are astonishingly underrepresented.


Happy International Religious Freedom Day! Hope There’ll Be Some Soon!

October 27, 2015

Individual religious liberty is an essential ingredient of democracy and justice. But concern for the religious liberty of our persecuted brothers and sisters must also be at the center of who we are and what we do as American Christians.

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Faith on Freedom: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Part 1)

October 22, 2015

We believe that persecution of religious believers — particularly Christians — is a shockingly overlooked human rights issue, and Western Christians have a Biblical mandate to be a voice for suffering brothers and sisters.


Faith on Freedom: A New Video Blog Series on Global Persecution

October 10, 2015

Through prayer and advocacy the churches could change the climate of the wider culture to prioritize what is the worst human rights issue in the world today: religious persecution.


International Religious Freedom Commission Lives to Fight Another Day

October 8, 2015

Passage of the US Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act demonstrates the power of advocacy in shaping U.S. policy, but more advocacy may have ensured an even better outcome.

Jason Johnson at The Salvation Army  graduation ceremony (Photo credit: Courtesy of his family to news services)

Trophies and Martyrs

October 6, 2015

Before he joined the ranks of Christ’s martyred followers, Jason Johnson was one of Christ’s trophies. He was courageous enough to see himself for who he was and where he was headed, and surrender his life to Jesus.

Religious Liberty Director Faith McDonnell speaking at the Prayer Vigil (Photo credit: Jeff Walton)

How Long Will You Waver?

September 23, 2015

Don’t let it be said that in this time, in this situation, for the persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East, we, the people, said NOTHING.

Vigil for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Monday, September 21, 6:30 PM,

Standing for the Suffering Church: Vigil for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

September 21, 2015

Please let us show Christians and other religious minorities who are targeted by ISIS that brothers and sisters in the West, and in this case, right in the American nation’s capital, are standing with them and the honoring their faith.


Sudan and 9/11: The End of Illusions

September 14, 2015

Every success in U.S. Sudan policy has happened in spite of the absurdity of negotiating with a regime that operates through denials and deception. Failure – to stop genocide in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile, and to speak out for the Beja and the Nubian civilization have occurred because the regime has never been held accountable for violating decades of agreements.

The Pentagon after the 9/11 attack. (U. S. Naval photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

Remembering a Victim of Terror

September 12, 2015

On the mirror of her bedroom dresser, Angie kept a Bible verse that reflected the significance of her highest level security work at the Pentagon, monitoring the ongoing geopolitical and military movements that could be a threat to American forces.