As a state organization, we rarely get involved in international affairs, but the atrocities we are witnessing in the Middle East demand outcry.

Today there is an opportunity to speak up for persecuted Christians in a particular way:

In Defense of Christians invites you to pray, act, and give this Lent in solidarity with Christians in the Middle East. We have named Wednesday, February 25th a national Day of Action, launching a campaign of personal and community prayer, political action raising awareness of this humanitarian and human rights crisis, and charitable giving to aid communities in the region.

Join thousands of American citizens in encouraging our nation’s leadership to make the Christians in the Middle East a priority. It’s easy!

On February 25th make THREE SIMPLE PHONE CALLS:

  1. Call the U.S. State Department, asking Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to ensure U.S. aid is reaching Christian refugees in northern Iraq!
  2. Call your Congressional Representative and ask them to join the newly formed Caucus for Religious Minorities in the Middle East, so the urgent needs of religious minorities are not forgotten in American foreign policy!
  3. Call the White House and ask President Obama to appoint a U.S. Special Envoy for the protection of religious minorities in the Middle East! President Obama signed the bill to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom in the Middle East last August, but a Special Envoy still has not been appointed.

IDC has the phone numbers for the U.S. State Department and the White House, along with suggested scripts, here.  We make it easy to call Connecticut’s delegates to the U.S. House of Representatives:

John Larson      202-225-2265

Joe Courtney    202-225-2076

Rosa DeLauro   202-225-3661

Jim Himes          202-225-5541

Elizabeth Esty    202-225-4476
Please continue to pray, as well, and consider a charitable donation to one of the organizations listed at IDC’s website. Thank you for standing up for our brothers and sisters in their time of greatest need!