Open Doors USA Addresses Violent Act Toward Christians

David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, reacts to the Sutherland Springs shooting: 

"Open Doors often calls on Christians in the West to advocate for people who don't have the same religious freedom we do. But yesterday the world was reminded that the United States is not immune to religious persecution.

"It sickens me to hear how the gunman entered a place of worship and attacked families as they worshipped God in Sutherland Springs yesterday. We stand with great conviction against this assault on human life and religious freedom. We are profoundly saddened for the families of those impacted. May God give them strength to process and heal following this tragic event.

"Let this incident serve as a red flag—one that doesn't grab our attention for a moment, but one that permanently refocuses our attention. In our country's current climate, there are extremists and polarized factions expressing themselves in increasingly violent ways. We must not give up any ground to them. 

"Let's take from this tragedy a new resolve to confront religious hatred whether it threatens Christians here or around the globe. Let's pray, advocate and remember those who face persecution for their faith. And let's work together to foster a stable society where hateful ideologies are stamped out by acts of hope and love."

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