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The Anglosphere Society
Dear Members & Friends of The Anglosphere Society (TAS):
The TAS team wish you and all whom you cherish a happy, healthy and safe 2020! We are very grateful for your interest and support of our organization.
One of the key issues that TAS has focused on in the past few years has been religious liberty and the freedom of every individual to practice his or her faith. This freedom – which as Americans we have taken for granted – has come under attack – not just globally but in our own back yard - in ways few of us could have anticipated.
Our organization is dedicated to doing whatever it can to speak out against all forms of religious bigotry and hatred. We invite you to join us now.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”—Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lost his life resisting Hitler’s Fascist regime.
The Anglosphere Society and Religious Liberty
Our Fourth Annual Conference on Religious Freedom was held on October 29th in New York. It focused on the growth of religious intolerance globally, including the rise of the new anti-Semitism and new trends in Christian and minority persecution.
In 2020, we are committed to ensure that Christians in the United States speak out for the Jewish community, “our older brothers in the Faith,” as described by Pope St. John Paul. Additional events reflecting this goal are in the works.
2019 was, in the words of the president of the Aid to the Church in Need, “A year of martyrs.”
Consider a few facts:
*The 1.5 million Christians in Iraq before 2003 has shrunk to to perhaps less than 120,000, a decline of up to 90% in a generation, and in Syria, Christian numbers have fallen by two thirds since 2011.
While Western leaders and the UN have expressed their concern, this has not translated into crucially needed aid to that part of the world. In fact, the Church in the region could vanish entirely if radical Islamists were to mount another attack on these vulnerable communities.
*Persecution has worsened the most in South & East Asia, with over 477 anti-Christian attacks reported in India.
*300 people died –with over 500 injured in attacks on churches-- in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 2019.
*In a number of African countries, Christians were threatened by Islamists seeking to eliminate the Church. In northern Nigeria, militants continued a reign of terror against both Christians and Muslims, resulting in 3,731 Christians reported killed by the end of 2018.
*Just this Christmas, 11 Nigerian Christians hostages were decapitated by Islamic State Terrorists.
* In China, the persecution of over a million Uyghars, as captured in the Western media, has proved that the Chinese government is willing to torture, imprison, and butcher its religious enemies. The persecution of the Christian population continues to intensify as well.
The Western Response:
It is gratifying, however, to see that some politicians and opinion leaders in the United States and Western Europe are now focusing on this situation with a renewed sense of urgency.
The Christmas video message by HRH the Prince of Wales speaks of the growing suffering and persecution of Christians all over the world and calls for solidarity.
Likewise, in one of his earliest speeches following his election victory, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke out against anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, as well as in defense of the practice of the Christian faith in Great Britain.
The Hungarian government has continued its heroic support of oppressed Christian communities in biblical lands.
Closer to home, Ambassador Ronald Lauder – a long-term supporter and participant in TAS programs - announced his intention to set up a $25 million fund to combat anti-Semitism.
We are delighted that Mitchell Silber – also a cherished friend of TAS - has been appointed Executive Director of Community Service Initiative, a joint program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the UJA-Federation of New York. We look forwarding to working closely with this important organization in galvanizing Christian communities in combatting the evil of anti-Semitism in our communities.
One of the lessons of the Holocaust for practicing Christians in a post-Holocaust world is to speak out whenever anti-Semitism rears its ugly head. At a time of year when we celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy, it is good to remember his words:
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
To be decent human beings – let alone people of faith – requires us to raise our voices and be heard on behalf of those with no voice of their own.
The Anglosphere Society is proud of its support of religious liberty, and we very much hope that you will consider joining us by becoming a TAS member and attending our upcoming programs and events.
Would you like to learn more about the crisis that Christians face today, especially in the Middle East? Click here for resources that will enlighten you to only some of the atrocities committed against them.”
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By Frank Wolf, Lela Gilbert | Fox News
One of President Trump’s guests at his State of the Union speech Tuesday was Judah Samet, who received an ebullient welcome and a spontaneous rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song from the audience on his 81st birthday. A Holocaust survivor, Samet emerged alive – once again a survivor – and somehow remained uninjured during the Tree of Life synagogue massacre Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh.
The mass murder at the synagogue marked the end of an era in the United States. A gunman took the lives of 11 Jews in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, ending an era of peace and security for America’s Jewish community.
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