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Working as the sun set in Washington, DC, the U.S. House passed the genocide resolution.

Hooray for the House! U.S. Representatives Pass ISIS Genocide Resolution 393 to 0!

March 15, 2016

It’s official! The U.S. House of Representatives declares genocide by ISIS. Vote to approve H.Con.Res.75 passed unanimously on the evening of March 14, 2016.

Providence Winter Conference

VIDEOS: Providence Winter Conference

March 3, 2016

Providence Magazine, a project of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), hosted a conference debuting its Winter 2016 issue. Watch videos from all three sessions.

Iraqi Christian woman (Photo credit: The Philos Project)

Don’t Sing Louder – Do Something to Fight ISIS Genocide

February 22, 2016

When is singing hymns damning? When the increased volume of hymn singing isn’t out of passion for the Lord, but drowns out cries of persecuted Christians.

Presidential Candidates Must Address Genocide of Christians, Others by ISIS

Presidential Candidates Must Address Genocide of Christians, Others by ISIS

February 18, 2016

“We call upon all of the Presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat, to speak out about this moral outrage and demand justice for the victims of this genocide…”

Assyrian and American flags (Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell)

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Fight ISIS Genocide of Christians, Yazidis, Others

February 13, 2016

The United States government remains glaringly absent from those world powers speaking out against ISIS’ genocidal slaughter and destruction in the Middle East. But you can help change that right now.

Drowned at sea. Christian Iraqi children who died on November 17 when their family tried to reach Europe. Not accepted for resettlement in the United States. (Photo Credit: Shai Fund)

The Ongoing Failure to Admit Syrian and Iraqi Christian Refugees

December 14, 2015

Now actually there is a biased test being applied, but the test has the effect of screening out Christians and other religious minorities while letting in thousands of Muslims.

Worldvision Rich Stearns

Relief Groups Launch “National Refugee Sunday”

November 25, 2015

Christian relief and development groups World Vision and World Relief are promoting a call for churches to be more involved in supporting and resettling refugees.


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.”

James L. McCullough

Church World Service Criticizes Governors over Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015

Officials from a Mainline Protestant church agency are criticizing U.S. governors for declining to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.


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.


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.

Presbyterian Pastor and IRD Board Member Mateen Elass.

Islam and Presidential Politics

September 24, 2015

IRD Board Member Mateen Elass blogs about the President siding with a “Muslim student of color” over against school and law enforcement authorities. Did he further drive a wedge of division into elements of our society with regard to race and Islam?