Open Doors USA Welcomes Religious Freedom Day
David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, reacts to President Trump's announcement that today is Religious Freedom Day:
"Open Doors USA welcomes the proclamation of Religious Freedom Day and the reminder that, more often than not, people in other countries do not have the same freedoms we do here in the U.S.
"I am heartened to see President Trump and Vice President Pence take proactive steps to raise awareness of this issue. Recently Vice President Pence met with a family from Iraq to hear firsthand about the plight of Christians on the Nineveh Plain and the continued challenges they face. These actions offer encouragement that the administration is continuing to prioritize international religious freedom.
"But our work in this crucial area is not done. Open Doors just released its annual World Watch List, which ranks the top 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution. Outside the U.S., 215 million Christians are persecuted simply because of their faith. While the statistics are staggering and persecution continues to escalate, we are hopeful that more Americans will take notice and urge that freedom of religion be at the forefront of all of America's international interactions. Let us celebrate and commemorate this important day, and push hard to continue the work that remains."
About Open Doors USA
For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.