WASHINGTON, D. C. (Tháng ba 4, 2014)-Hoa Kỳ. Thượng viện nên hành động nhanh chóng để giải quyết “khủng hoảng ngày càng tăng của các dân tộc thiểu số tôn giáo” bằng cách cho phép bỏ phiếu cho S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, said the chairman of the U.S. Giám mục’ Committee on International Justice and Peace and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in a March 4 thư.
“Trong nhiều trường hợp, religious minorities have lived for centuries side by side with those of other faiths, but now find themselves coming under increased attack and harassment. Qua 8 million Syrians, many of whom are Christians, are caught in the cross-fire between the government and opposition forces, have fled their homes, becoming internally displaced or flooding into neighboring countries,” Giám mục Richard E đã viết. Pates of Des Moines and Russell D. Moore.
“Given this situation, we believe that a Special Envoy is needed to focus on the dire situation affecting religious minorities, especially Christians who are the group most targeted for harassment and attacks in the largest number of countries,” họ đã viết.
Bishop Pates and Moore wrote to Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Lee of Utah, who placed a hold on the bill that would create this position. They cited the October 2010 attack that killed 58 at a Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad and the destruction of some 40 Coptic churches in Egypt in August 2013, among other examples, as why the envoy position “can help insure that basic human rights of these minority communities, who face such enormous threats, are protected.”
Các văn bản đầy đủ của các chữ cái có sẵn trực tuyến: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/joint-letter-to-senators-coburn-and-lee-on-bill-to-create-religious-freedom-envoy-2014-03-04.pdf.
Từ khóa: S. 653, Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, State Department, HOA KỲ. Thượng viện, Giám mục Richard E. Pates, Russell D. Moore, USCCB, HOA KỲ. Hội nghị giám mục công giáo, Ủy ban tư pháp và hòa bình quốc tế, tự do tôn giáo, minorities, Iraq, Syria, Egypt
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