Thank You For Urging President-Elect Trump To Address Religious Persecution!
By Kristin Wright, Director of Advocacy at Open Doors USA
Election Day Is Over. And today I want to say a huge “thank you” for making your voice heard to both candidates on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
As President-Elect Trump begins the transition process, Open Doors USA, together with several other experts in this field, has already presented his team with a series of recommendations for how best to address the brutal spread of religious persecution, and be prepared to promote religious freedom throughout the world in strategic ways.
At Open Doors, we’ve been engaging with both presidential campaigns over the past several months – and you’ve been a part of that. By signing our petition to each of the candidates, you helped to generate attention around the critical issue of religious persecution.
When David Curry and I met with senior advisors on both campaigns in October, I was encouraged by the positive response we received.
I’m encouraged because these meetings were part of laying the foundation for engagement with the new administration. At Open Doors, we are committed to being a voice for the persecuted, and we believe that voice needs to be heard at the White House, in Congress, at the State Department and at all levels of government.
That’s why it was truly an honor to speak to both campaigns on an issue that is entirely nonpartisan – the mounting persecution of Christians and those of other faiths throughout the world.
As a group, we presented a series of non-partisan, practical recommendations on international religious freedom for the next administration. Among other recommendations, we urged the next administration to ensure that highly qualified people are appointed as the U.S. Department of State Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and the Special Envoy for Religion and Global Affairs within the first 100 days in office. These positions are so crucial to helping the persecuted. I was encouraged that both campaigns were receptive to this and agreed to the importance of timely appointments.
We fielded a number of great questions on the issue of religious persecution, and David Curry was able to share some firsthand information about Open Doors’ World Watch List. We offered to serve as a resource to both campaigns – and to the future administration – on this issue, and this offer was welcomed on both sides.
You can read more about the participants of these meetings and the recommendations we shared with the campaigns here.
Right now, I want to share the encouragement that the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters were shared with senior advisors on both campaigns just a few weeks ago, and that doors are opening to continue to share the importance of international religious freedom with this new administration.
You play such a crucial role in this important work. Please be in prayer that President-Elect Trump will work to strengthen religious freedom around the world, and that the voices of our persecuted brothers and sisters will be heard by this new administration.