Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
By Alan Kornman
We had a Prayer March For Persecuted Christians and Jews in Orlando, FL on May 16. Close to 300 people of all faiths and political affiliations attended.
Please watch the Video and I’m sure you will find it newsworthy and inspirational at the same time. Share this with your Pastors, Priests, Rabbis, Shaman’s, Agnostics and Atheist friends – we are all in the same boat.
Today we have the noble declaration of human rights enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
Despite Article 18, there are severe human rights violations in many countries, especially in the so-called 10-40 window. Christians and Jews are persecuted across Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, most of Asia (including China) and now Europe (via the European Union). Iran is one of the world’s most repressive states, and those who offend Sharia law may be publicly flogged or even executed by hanging in the streets.
In 2008 over 200 million Christians around the world were in danger of being tortured, persecuted, or killed for their faith.
North Korea and China see Christianity as a threat to their respective political systems. As closed societies North Korea and China are able to keep news of the politically motivated persecution of the Christians from reaching the outside world.
The persecution of the Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheists, Pagans, and the many others who do not follow the Islamic doctrine, theology, and politics also face persecution.
As Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolf wisely stated, “The purpose of this March is to force awareness of this persecution into the public consciousness.”
Now you have been informed and all people of conscience have a duty to act. All the leadership of Churches and Synagogues at the local level must become the voice for their persecuted voiceless. Prayer is good but your voices must shout out from every pulpit and bema – when my people bleed we all bleed.
Each act of persecution anywhere in the world should be taken personally by everyone who is currently safe in the cocoon of western religious plurality and has the freedom to exercise your spirituality without fear.
The issue of persecuted Christians and Jews crosses all party lines and denominations. Those individuals who believe in no faith at all are also targets of persecution – we are all in the same boat.
Each one of us has free will. How you use that free will defines who you are as a person. Be a part of the solution.