Christian Elected to Head Syrian Parliament for First Time In Decades

On September 28, A Christian legislator was elected speaker of parliament in Syria, a predominantly Muslim country, for the first time in decades. According to state media, Hammudeh Sabbagh, a 58-year-old Syriac Orthodox Christian, graduate in law and member of President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath party from Hasakeh province, won 193 votes out of 252 cast.

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Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act Hijacked by Neocons

Senator Corker has crossed out every single line of the simple anti-genocide language in HR-390 authored by Congressmen Chris Smith. Senator Corker’s version of the bill makes little mention of the victims of genocide, which include Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims.

Chairman’s Report for September 29, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Will President Trump help get the Syria and Iraq Genocide Relief bill passed? / Water delivery program to Christian camp in Iraq continues through December / 160,000 diapers purchased for distribution in Iraq – adult diapers still needed! / Changes to the Christmas program, as needs of refugee families change

Quarterly Diaper Shipment Underway

Early this year I pushed hard to fund the Diapers for Refugees program 100% by the end of summer to free up our fund-raising activities for the Christmas for Refugees program. The goal for infant diapers was $72,000 and in total we raised $75,095. I announced in the Chairman’s Report and on the Diapers for Refugees Internet site that our goal had been reached. I wish I had not done that.

Christmas for Refugees Program Varies to Meet Local Needs

In 2017 the Christmas program will grow – more Christian refugee children will have a warm place, with a good meal and a program of spiritual growth where Christ is the center. Our goal is to restore the hope many have lost, by telling them how Jesus can be with them forever!

Christians Return to Syria- But Not to Iraq

Exclusive: William Murray notes how Assad government better protects minority rights, originally posted on WND Christians in the Middle East are voting with their feet for the government of President Assad in Syria. With all that American government officials and the news media have said to condemn the secular government of Syria, surely no one

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Remembering September 11th, 2001

William J. Murray, the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition recounts the events of the 9-11 jihad attack against the United States as he lived them. Murray was on the 14th Street bridge near the Pentagon when American Airlines 77 slammed into it. He had been on the phone with a Special Assistant to President Bush discussing the attacks in New York at the time.

Chairman’s Report for August 11, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Report from Qaraqosh: Families receive food, hygiene supplies and diapers / Report from Dohuk, Iraq: Meeting with Assyrian leaders / Aid for Camp Odrana / Report from Jordan: Security updates at Christian summer camp complete / Children from traditional Christian families find personal relationship with Jesus

The Forgotten Assyrian Christians

As with the Kurds, the Assyrians are also a distinct ethnic group, although not treated as such by the West despite their rather high-profile history during Old Testament times. In 721 B.C., the Assyrians captured Samaria and essentially ended the northern kingdom of Israel, carrying off the Israelites as slaves. Later the Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem.

USCIRF Praises Nomination of a New Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the White House nomination of Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. As a Senator from 1996-2011, he was at the forefront of international religious freedom issues.

President Trump Nominates Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback To Religious Liberty Post

Last week, President Trump announced that he has picked Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to become the ambassador-at-large for the international religious freedom at the State Department.
Brownback is a long-time friend of the First Amendment when he served in the Senate.

Donald Trump Just Made a Smart Foreign Policy Decision, But The Media Won’t Tell You About It

Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels, a move sought by Moscow,” read the headline late Wednesday at the Washington Post.

Christians Account for Bigger Percentage of US Refugee Arrivals Under Trump

Since Trump took office in January,  more Christian than Muslim refugees have been admitted to the United States, reversing a trend that had seen Muslims outnumber Christians in the final fiscal year under President Barack Obama

Chairman’s Report for July 14, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Report from Iraq: Threats at Christian IDP compound – “must be cut” / Four camps for displaced Christian families visited – Diapers distributed / Downtown Erbil – Christian women cannot go into street alone / Small Christian IDP camp needs more than 47,000 gallons of water per month

The Chairman’s Report for June 2, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Christian summer camp in Jordan will meet government deadline / Religious Freedom Coalition pays for camp fencing, floodlights and cameras / America’s plan to defeat ISIL: Give weapons to the enemy of our enemy / Still no vote on HR-390 and Leadership stalls bill in the House

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Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act Hijacked by Neocons

Senator Corker has crossed out every single line of the simple anti-genocide language in HR-390 authored by Congressmen Chris Smith. Senator Corker’s version of the bill makes little mention of the victims of genocide, which include Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims.

Quarterly Diaper Shipment Underway

Early this year I pushed hard to fund the Diapers for Refugees program 100% by the end of summer to free up our fund-raising activities for the Christmas for Refugees program. The goal for infant diapers was $72,000 and in total we raised $75,095. I announced in the Chairman’s Report and on the Diapers for Refugees Internet site that our goal had been reached. I wish I had not done that.

Christians Return to Syria- But Not to Iraq

Exclusive: William Murray notes how Assad government better protects minority rights, originally posted on WND Christians in the Middle East are voting with their feet for the government of President Assad in Syria. With all that American government officials and the news media have said to condemn the secular government of Syria, surely no one

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Remembering September 11th, 2001

William J. Murray, the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition recounts the events of the 9-11 jihad attack against the United States as he lived them. Murray was on the 14th Street bridge near the Pentagon when American Airlines 77 slammed into it. He had been on the phone with a Special Assistant to President Bush discussing the attacks in New York at the time.

William J. Murray on the Hagmann Report

Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman William J. Murray discusses his book, Utopian Road to Hell and his work in the Middle East on the Hagmann Report.

The Forgotten Assyrian Christians

As with the Kurds, the Assyrians are also a distinct ethnic group, although not treated as such by the West despite their rather high-profile history during Old Testament times. In 721 B.C., the Assyrians captured Samaria and essentially ended the northern kingdom of Israel, carrying off the Israelites as slaves. Later the Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem.

RFC Newsletters

Chairman’s Report for September 29, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Will President Trump help get the Syria and Iraq Genocide Relief bill passed? / Water delivery program to Christian camp in Iraq continues through December / 160,000 diapers purchased for distribution in Iraq – adult diapers still needed! / Changes to the Christmas program, as needs of refugee families change

Chairman’s Report for August 11, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Report from Qaraqosh: Families receive food, hygiene supplies and diapers / Report from Dohuk, Iraq: Meeting with Assyrian leaders / Aid for Camp Odrana / Report from Jordan: Security updates at Christian summer camp complete / Children from traditional Christian families find personal relationship with Jesus

Chairman’s Report for July 14, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Report from Iraq: Threats at Christian IDP compound – “must be cut” / Four camps for displaced Christian families visited – Diapers distributed / Downtown Erbil – Christian women cannot go into street alone / Small Christian IDP camp needs more than 47,000 gallons of water per month

Chairman’s Report for June 30, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter Update:   HR-390 has passed the House – Your letters and calls made the difference Update:   HR-390 must now pass the Senate under “rules of suspension” New:        Family of concert suicide bomber fought on US side in Libya New:        Obama/Hillary “Grand Plan” for Middle East spread jihadist terror WE WON

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The Chairman’s Report for June 2, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter: Christian summer camp in Jordan will meet government deadline / Religious Freedom Coalition pays for camp fencing, floodlights and cameras / America’s plan to defeat ISIL: Give weapons to the enemy of our enemy / Still no vote on HR-390 and Leadership stalls bill in the House

The Chairman’s Report for May 12, 2017

In this issue of the newsletter Update:   Post Cards to Congress Campaign – Congress swamped with post cards Update:   Calls to Congressional leaders needed to move HR-390 forward Update:   Iraqi ministry calls for help: Expanded Christmas and diaper programs? New:        Jordanian authorities demand changes at Christian summer camp Congress swamped with HR-390 post cards HR

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