Letter to the President on Pakistan

April 2, 2014 ...

Dear Mr. President, There is a crisis for religious freedom in Pakistan. Christians, as well as Shi’a Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Hindus and others face severe persecution at the hands of the government and militants. I respectfully ask that you name Pakistan as a “country of particular concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act. It is critically …

Letter to the President on Religious Freedom

February 26, 2014 ...

Dear Mr. President, As religious leaders we write to express our appreciation to you for lifting up the issue of international religious liberty in your recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast. We stand in solidarity with you in advancing this cause. We applaud your words in support of Pastor Saeed Abedini and Kenneth Bae. …

Peace

December 21, 2012 ...

The administration should partner with Muslims against violent extremism, applying “faith-based diplomacy,” and should review human rights abuses related to the U.S. response. We must protect people from the threat of terrorism while respecting human rights both at home and abroad. U.S. foreign aid should be contingent on a country’s record of human rights. The …

Deliver Us From Evil

September 22, 2012 ...

On the other hand, there are parts of the church which teach that God’s promised shalom encompasses the here and now in such a way as to ensure health, wealth, and safety for any Christian walking in his will; to miss out on these things is evidence of lack of faith and obedience. The fact …

Religious Freedom – Here and There

September 22, 2012 ...

When I visited the country one of the expatriates decided that the President of the National Association of Evangelicals was roughly equivalent to the Pope. (Please don’t think too much about this absurd comparison; it was his idea, not mine!) Religion is part of the Department of the Interior in this nation so he contacted …

How the Church Can Promote Religious Freedom

September 22, 2012 ...

Iran’s Supreme Court upheld his conviction and sentence in a July 2011 ruling, leaving the date of his execution to the provincial court. Surprisingly, however, that court acquitted him of apostasy and released him from prison on Sept. 8, 2012. Unfortunately, it convicted him of evangelizing Muslims, though it sentenced him to time already served. …

NAE Welcomes Freedom for Iran Pastor

September 10, 2012 ...

“We are relieved for Pastor Nadarkhani, and pleased with this good decision of the Iranian government,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “We watch as laws are increasingly being used by governments against religious minorities, and we pray and press for more outcomes like this.” International pressure for Nadarkhani’s release has been strong with condemnation of …

NAE Condemns Iranian Pastor Conviction

September 29, 2011 ...

“As Christians we believe faith should be by choice, not coercion,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “Iran’s conviction and threatened execution of Pastor Nadarkhani is religious persecution at its worst.” In September 2010, Nadarkhani was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy. The Iranian Supreme Court upheld Nadarkhani’s conviction in July, while ordering a re-examination …

NAE Calls China to Retract Travel Ban

October 15, 2010 ...

The NAE, which represents 45,000 churches from over 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions, calls on the Chinese government to lift its restrictions and uphold religious freedom and the right to travel. The travel ban violates the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “every person has the right to …