International Religious Freedom Act Turns 20

November 6, 2018 ...

In 1996, the NAE issued its Statement of Conscience on Worldwide Religious Persecution, calling on the United States to make religious freedom a priority goal of our foreign policy, to publish detailed reports on religious persecution, and to withhold aid from countries that continued to persecute. Each of these goals was addressed in the version …

Andrew Brunson Released From Prison in Turkey

October 17, 2018 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) joins with the EPC, an NAE member denomination, and Christians everywhere in celebrating his release and return. The NAE thanks President Donald Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback; and Senators Lindsey Graham, Jean Shaheen and Thom Tillis for …

Brownback Nominated for Religious Freedom Post

July 27, 2017 ...

The president’s nominee, Governor Sam Brownback, has a distinguished record of support for religious freedom, and a wealth of experience in politics, serving as a U.S. representative, senator and governor. We urge Senator Bob Corker to promptly schedule confirmation hearings. “At a time when religious believers in many parts of the world are facing intense …

Religious Minorities in Sudan Need Protection

June 29, 2017 ...

Dear Secretary Tillerson, As the State Department is currently focused on analyzing the actions of the Government of Sudan and the future of U.S. policy, we urge you to consider issues relating to religious freedom and the persecution of religious minorities in Sudan as part of any strategic review relating to U.S. policy. A substantial …

Protect Iraqi Christians From Deportation

June 19, 2017 ...

Dear Secretary Kelly, We write urgently and with grave concern that Christians will be removed from the United States to face potential persecution, and even death, in the Middle East. The United States has officially recognized that Christians and other religious minorities are the victims of genocide in Iraq yet the United States is reportedly …

Religious Freedom is for Non-Christians Too

February 28, 2017 ...

In this survey, evangelical leaders deviate from the general American population that places a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of some groups rather than others. “Evangelical leaders believe religious freedom is a basic human right for all people, and that protecting the religious freedom for people of other faiths is protecting their own …

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

November 9, 2015 ...

As part of the board meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals held October 15 in Minnesota, seven evangelical leaders from the Holy Land — Israel, Jerusalem, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan — shared stories of success, struggles, celebration and discouragement. They were asked how American evangelicals could walk with them as they seek to …

The ISIS Threat to Christians

September 22, 2015 ...

Now, the only Christians remaining in the entire Nineveh Plain of Iraq are those held as sex slaves, and nearly all of the region’s ancient churches and monasteries have been destroyed or converted into a mosque, madrassa or prison. In some places the ISIS genocide has been so thorough that the militants have taken chisels …

Where Religion Freedom Isn’t

September 22, 2015 ...

According to a Pew Research Center study, three-fourths of the world’s people live in countries that do not protect or respect this freedom. From China to Iran, Iraq to North Korea, Afghanistan to Uzbekistan, Burma to Eritrea, Syria to Vietnam, Pakistan to Russia, violations range from building restrictions to detention, jailing to beatings and torture …

On Religious Persecution

September 22, 2015 ...

The two women had been born into Muslim families in Iran. They met and became Christians as young adults while studying theology in Turkey. When they returned to Iran in 2005, they began sharing their new faith. And, four years later, they landed in prison. Following international pressure, Maryam and Marziyeh were freed in November …