The American Freedom Alliance, a Los Angeles based think-tank and activist network, held a forum and rally on Sunday and Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson of BOND released statements about the event on Wednesday to bring attention to the growing persecution of Christian communities in many parts of the world today.
The forum was held at the Luxe Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles.
The forum centered on that throughout the world, Christian communities are suffering greater persecution today than at any time since the days of the early Roman Empire. Mass slaughter, church burnings, suicide bombings, expulsions, intimidation and ritual killings have been reported from Nigeria to Egypt; from Pakistan to Indonesia. Centuries old Christian communities are disappearing before our eyes, but the world seems to shrug its shoulders. Christians in Muslim countries in particular are paying with their lives for their religion - most noticeably the Copts of Egypt; whose trials under both the secular regime of Hosni Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood have shaken that society to its core.
The forum featured presentations by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny); Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert (authors of Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians, 2013), and Raymond Ibrahim, (author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, 2013).
The U.K.’s Baroness Caroline Cox of the Humanitarian Activist Relief Trust (HART) and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein of the Simon Wiesenthal Center also presented their findings of persecutions around the world.
Speakers presented timely and irrefutable facts about Christian persecution across the globe, much of what is not reported in the mainstream media.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson’s presentation also addressed the growing attack on Christians in the U.S., including the U.S. Army labeling Christians as terrorists.
Peterson said, “In order to destroy a country, you must first break down the family and get rid of the men. Over the past 50 years, too much government has destroyed the black family. Now, the definition of marriage is being challenged with same-sex marriage and white families are being undermined…as a result of the breakdown of the family, the liberal atheists have successfully removed any mention of God from the public square. You can’t mention God in the public schools and Christianity is being purged from our military and other public institutions.”
“I grew up on a plantation in Alabama under Jim Crow and even though the laws were against us, we had high standards and morals. We knew that it was wrong to hate, and we were taught to treat one another fairly. We were also taught about the Bible and to defend America and the U.S. Constitution.”
“I talk to people around the country who claim that they are Christians, yet they lack the courage to take a stand. They tell me that they are intimidated and can’t speak up to their spouse and family members. Most whites in this country are afraid to speak up to blacks for fear of being called a ‘racist.’ I am starting to believe that many of these people are Christians in name only. I don’t see any power coming from them,” Peterson said.
“As Christians, we are supposed to be children of the light and God has given us authority over darkness and evil. The Spirit we have within is greater than any that is of this world. Remember that God is with us. I am happy to be standing with my Jewish brothers and sisters. It’s inspiring to see us coming together and taking a stand for good.”
[Correction] The title should say, 'Christians, Jews unite against persecution of Christians worldwide'. I apologize for the error.