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The Church of Antioch

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
William J. Murray speaks with John X as interpreter listens in. John X speaks English and several other languages including Greek

A meeting with John X: In October the William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition met John X, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. John X has served the Orthodox Church of Antioch for most of his life. He was born in Latakia, His brother, Bishop Boulos Yazigi was kidnapped in 2013 along with Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim, by Sunni Muslim jihadists probably supported by Saudi Arabia.

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Major problems for our Iraqi missions programs

Oct 20th, 2017 | By

The Kurds held an “independence vote” to create an independent state. The reaction of the Iraqi government was to shut down airline operations into the Kurdish region including the Erbil airport. The closure causes great problems for our aid programs in Iraq including the upcoming Christmas program for this year. Costs for aid may increase as consumer goods are goods become difficult to find.

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Christian Elected to Head Syrian Parliament for First Time In Decades

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

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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Christmas for Refugees Program Varies to Meet Local Needs

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

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!

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Saudi Arabia And Yemen Airstrike Casualities

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

The war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen has been going on for 3 years. What has been accomplished?

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

Jul 31st, 2017 | By

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.

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

Jul 25th, 2017 | By

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

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Christians Account for Bigger Percentage of US Refugee Arrivals Under Trump

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

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

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Saudis Paid for US Veterans to Lobby Against 9/11 Lawsuit Law

May 11th, 2017 | By

After Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which allows September 11 victim’s families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, opponents of the bill started an expensive political campaign to warn lawmakers about “unintended consequences.” The Daily Star reports: What few people knew, including some of the recruited veterans themselves, was that

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Spain: “Pacifist” Imam Arrested on Terror Charges

May 11th, 2017 | By

by Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute Spanish authorities have arrested a Muslim cleric — whom the New York Times once praised for his efforts to fight radicalization within Germany’s Islamic community — for alleged ties to the Islamic State. Hesham Shashaa (aka Abu Adam), a 46-year-old Egyptian-Palestinian, was detained near Alicante in southeastern Spain on April

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