Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) has launched a "Defending
Freedoms" project urging other members of Congress to get on board
with human rights issues.
Through the Defending Freedoms project, members of Congress
will adopt prisoners of conscience whose human rights and religious
freedoms are being violated, write letters to them, and publicly
advocate for them. Wolf says he has done it, and then traveled to
their countries to visit with the prisoner to learn they were
better treated because of the letters.
"That's what we're trying to do, and yet it's really hard to get
people to do it," he tells OneNewsNow. "For some reason, the Church
in the West has really gone silent. They just don't speak out for
the persecuted Christians around the world."
Wolf, who co-chairs the sponsoring Tom Lantos Human Rights
Commission, adds the Church has a bigger obligation than government
officials to call Christians into action on behalf of the
"I would love the Church to adopt persecuted Christians," he
says. "I mean, you have Catholic bishops and Protestant pastors in
jail in China, and nobody even knows who they are and nobody says
anything. You have Iraqi Christians who speak the same language
Jesus did -- the Aramaic language -- and you can't even get people
in the West to advocate for them."
But Wolf has a solution. He is asking people to contact his
office to learn the name and address of someone who is being
persecuted, write a letter of encouragement to them, and then send
courtesy copies to their representatives in Congress, encouraging
them to jump on the bandwagon and adopt their own prisoner of
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