This is a petition site that anyone can use specifically for petitions to help Christians. You may put on petitions for Christians and we especially welcome petitions for Persecuted Christians and those who are being challenged in their faith! We welcome petitions for home and house churches, and the right to freedom of religion. We also hope for petitions to help teens and college students to establish independent interdenominational student worship centers.
DOES CONTACTING YOUR U.S. LEGISLATORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS? Recently published data reveals that citizens have more power than they realize. The report states The most influential advocacy strategies for swaying an undecided depend on personal communications from constituents. I hope this encourages you that your efforts to speak out for Persecuted Christians DO MAKE a DIFFERENCE. Another finding is that form letters are not nearly as influential to Members as personalized messages.
Open Doors provides form letters for our advocacy campaigns as we do not expect our supporters to know all the details of each bill, resolution, or letter we support. If you have limited time, sending the form message is better than not taking action. BUT if you really want to maximize your impact for persecuted Christians, please take a few extra minutes to personalize the message before you send to your legislator. This is done by simply clicking in the message box and adding or editing the form letter. The easiest way to personalize the message is to explain at the beginning of the letter why you care about the issue. You can leave the remainder of the form message if you so desire. Read report to learn how you can be a more effective advocate>>
Please take a moment to sign a petition to Secretary of State Clinton asking her to work with the Iraqi government to immediately form and implement a comprehensive plan of action to protect the dwindling community of .
The number of Christians in Iraq has decreased from an estimated 850,000 in 1991 to 330,000 today. Thousands have fled Iraq and now reside as impoverished refugees in Syria and Jordan. Of the Christians that remain in Iraq, more than half are internally displaced due to violence and constant threats against them by .
Violence against Christians in Iraq has rapidly escalated this past year including a bomb attack on three buses carrying Christian students in May 2010, the siege against Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral in Baghdad in which 58 were killed in October 2010, and also the murder of an elderly Christian couple on December 30th who were killed by a bomb left in front of their house.
The Iraqi government clearly has not made protection of Christians in Iraq a priority. The U.S. government needs to strongly encourage and work with the Iraqi government to protect Christians and other religious minorities before they are all driven out of Iraq. History continues to demonstrate that where religious freedom flourishes, stable democracies, strong economies, and healthy societies develop. Considering the immense financial commitment the US has made in Iraq and the tragic loss of American and Iraqi lives, it is imperative that we hold both the US and Iraqi governments accountable to ensure religious freedom for all people in Iraq!
To accomplish this we are asking that you
sign a petition to Secretary of State Clinton raising these concerns. Please share this petition with your friends and family. The more signatures we gather, the greater influence we will have on our current administration in prioritizing the protection of vulnerable Christians in Iraq.
Advocating with you,
Open Doors USA
#1 Pray: The first thing you can do to help is stop right now and ask the Lord to intervene in both these cases and others that are developing.
#2 Next, review our petitions on Ethiopia and Indonesia.
#3 Electronically sign the petition by clicking here for Ethiopia and here for Indonesia.
#4 Print out the petitions on Ethiopia and Indonesia and take them to your friends and church and have everyone you know sign them. Send them back to us so we can compile the responses.
Feel free to print out extra signature pages for large numbers of sign ups. When you have collected all your signatures, please mail the signature pages to:
PO Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
or fax them to us at .
Please get them back to us by May 18th.
I'm writing to you again about the new bill that was recently introduced in Congress: HR 1856. Passage of this bill would be very beneficial to suffering Christians around the world. But we need your help to get it passed.
What would HR 1856 Accomplish?
Firstly, it will reauthorize the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for seven more years. The USCIRF's funding is set to expire this September, just a few short months from now. The USCIRF monitors the state of religious freedom in many countries that are the worst violators; it publishes annual reports that include recommendations for how to improve religious freedom in these countries; and it provides accountability to the Office of Intl. Religious Freedom (IRF) and the Ambassador at Large for IRF at the State Dept. to ensure they are accurately reporting on religious freedom violations and using all the tools at their disposal to promote religious freedom.
Secondly, HR 1856 will amend the 1998 Intl. Religious Freedom Act, the bill that initially made IRF an official part of US foreign policy. There are a number of problems with the way the original 1998 IRFA was implemented, and this new bill addresses some of those key weaknesses. View summary description of all these key changes>>
are the primary goals of HR 1856, and they are critical to improving
the way the US government promotes religious freedom worldwide. But we
cannot do this without your help. Please take a moment to
send a message to your U.S. Representative asking him/her to co-sponsor HR 1856 and to vote in favor of it when the time comes. Thank you for you using your time and freedom to speak out for persecuted Christians!
Advocating with you,
There's still time to advocate for persecuted Algerian Christians.
Although the Protestant Church of(EPA) has gained official recognition with the government, individual churches seeking registration have failed to get this approval. A total of 25 individual EPA churches have not been granted official registration although they've applied through the appropriate channels. As a result, these Christian churches are still unprotected by the government and may be closed.
We also seek to advocate for persecuted individuals in Algeria. We are troubled by the April arrest of Karim Siaghi on charges of proselytism and blasphemy. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 200,000 Dinar (approx. $2,740) in May. His crime: giving a Christian CD to his neighbor. Karim was freed when he appealed the harsh sentence, but he may be picked up by the police at any time to serve his sentence.
Open Doors is asking you to join with us to defend Algerian Christians from oppressive government action. Please take a moment to send a message to Algerian Ambassador Baali asking him to discuss with Algerian authorities the need to rescind Ordinance 06-03 and to overturn Karim Siaghi's sentence. Thank you for your prayers and support, and for taking time to advocate for Christians in Algeria!
Advocating with you,