Congressman Frank Wolf: Nigeria & International Religious Freedom

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Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. I’m
Robert Reilly, Director of the Westminster Institute and so delighted to have you
here. As we begin every one of these sessions, asking you to please turn off
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immortalized on C-SPAN, which is broadcasting our presentation tonight
live. Before I introduce our speaker I just want to call your attention to
several upcoming events. After tonight you get the rest of August off but then
in September the first two speakers will be Muslims who are going to help us
understand how within the Muslim frame of mind Islamism can be defeated and the
first speaker is going to be dr. Zuhdi Jasser of whom I’m sure many of you have
heard who will be joining us from Phoenix Arizona to talk about fighting
for victory against Islamism a Muslim blueprint and then that’s on September
8th September 14 from Sudan is Gamal Saleh who will be speaking about how you
diagnosed the Islamist ideology later in September Suzanne Schulte on September
28th will be talking to us about North Korea human rights and religious freedom
well tonight I am I’m so thrilled and privileged to be able to introduce to
you the Honorable Frank wolf who needs no introduction
I want to just tell you two quick things out on the table is some literature from
the wove our force initiative and there you can sign up for a weekly newsletter
written by congressman wolf on the subjects of religious freedom and also
there is a flyer on Nigeria fractured and forgotten and of course we’ll hear
about that subject tonight but this gives you the locale of many of the
documents and information on the subject of Nigeria now as you know congressman
frank wolf wasn’t widely acknowledged as the conscience of congress during his
long service in the house of representatives first elected in
nineteen eighty he left congress at the end of his 17th term in 2015 to focus
exclusively on human rights and religious freedom he has recently
returned from a trip to nigeria as you will now hear congressman wolf continues
to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves in january 2015 he
was appointed the first ever wilson chair in religious freedom at Baylor
University the same month he joined the 21st century Wilberforce initiative a
newly created religious freedom croopus distinguished senior fellow notably
congressman wolf was the author of the International Religious Freedom Act
please join me in welcoming congressman wolf was going to talk to talk to us
tonight about Nigeria and religious freedom well thank you very much and thank you
very much for the invitation and thank you for for having me here the Bible has
much to say about oppression and freedom in Luke for 18 to 19 jesus is reading
from Isaiah at synagogue in Nazareth and he says the Spirit of the Lord is on me
because he has a point of me to preach good news to the poor he has sent me to
proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind to
release the oppressed and in ecclesiastes for one and the Old
Testament said again I looked I saw all the oppression that was taking place
under the Sun I saw the tears of the oppressed and they have no comfort sir
power was on the side of their oppressors it is undeniably that
religious liberty domestically is under assault when I speak of religious
liberty I do so believing that this foundational right is not to be confused
with the 21st century notion a mere toleration or limited to freedom of
worship rather it is the ability to peacefully live out our faith in every
aspect of our lives and it is on this issue that the sands are shifting so
quickly that it can be seen like those you hold this first freedom dear are
perpetually playing catch-up always on the defensive constantly seating ground
such realities that disheartening and have left unchecked have grave
implications well the main subject of my talk tonight will be about international
religious freedom we do our nation a disservice if we ignore what is
happening in America during my time in Congress I often reached out to chuck
Colson a prison fellowship for his wise advice and counsel in a book entitled my
final words which is the collection of previously unpublished material from no
some memos Chuck wrote over the years I am struck by chucks foresight on the
erosion of religious liberty here’s an excerpt in this book and I urge you to
get the book if he wants it if you can he said I believe we’re heading for New
Dark Ages with persecution coming to the church soon now it would be foolishness
to suggest that the people of faith in America are even experiencing a monocle
a molecule of the persecution faced abroad that being said despite the
constitutional protections religious freedom has historically enjoyed its
sacred standing in the American experiment is daily being encroached
upon carnal francis george former president of the US Conference of
Catholic Bishops in 2010 predicted quote he said I expect to die in bed my
successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the
public square a silver thought and I would also say as I get into the
international aspect we are seeing growing anti-semitism around the world
and we’re seeing growing anti-semitism even on american college campuses today
people with faith are under assault around the world for China to Iran to
Egypt from Pakistan to Vietnam the face of repression varies but the outcome is
the same harassment fear imprisonment and even death simply because of what a
person believes there’s this reality home during the 21st century will
perforce initiative trip that I took to northern Iraq last year with her
president Randall Everett who founded our organization the team went with the
aim of reporting on the play of Iraqi Christians and other religious
minorities notably yazid iza we had a number of Christians and yazid he’s in
my office today thousands of them were forcibly displaced on the Islamic states
murderous march across the rock the summer of 2014 was marked by the Swift
and largely uninhibited rise of Isis in a matter of days Iraqi cities of Mosul
and to create fell unspeakable brutality followed a Caliphate was declared
Christians were told to leave and if they stayed to convert pay or die his ed
men were killed and use any woman that children were bought sold raped and
tortured religious freedom suffered a devastating blow the people the office
today told me of the number of needy girls who have been sold it by Americans
who are now 24 Isis and the youngest heated girl came into my office said the
person who had bought her was an American citizen called Abdullah America
who used to show her pictures of his wife and children back in the States the
August heat their enemy during the forced march from their homes fade it to
a winter cold Christmas was not celebrated in ancient churches and
monasteries and convents of the Nineveh planes as it had been for millennia
rather it was a makeshift camp abandoning buildings that unfinished
walls at one of the world’s all those Christian communities marked this holy
day it is worth noting as we think in terms of Iraq the rich biblical heritage
contained in these lands with the exception of Israel the Bible contains
more references to the cities regions and nations of ancient Iraq than any
other country in the world again except for Israel the patriarch Abraham came
from error and cylinder off my first trip there during the war we went to
nursery and they said this is the site of our Abraham’s village and it took us
to the village we called a ziggurat was 2200 years BC BC Isaac’s broad Rebecca
came from Northwest to rock jacob jake has spent 20 years in iraq and his sons
the 12 tribes of Israel born in northwestern a remarkable
spiritual revivals told in the Book of Jonah occurred in Nineveh president day
mostly now held by Isis and about a year ago you probably saw the pictures the
Jonas tomb that was blown up by Isis the events of the book of Esther took place
in Iraq is in the account of Daniel in the lion’s den both Daniel and Ezekiel
are buried in Iraq the Apostle Thomas is believed to have brought Christianity to
the land and we’re we’re there we actually went to little village and soul
names to a phrase not often heard outside the Middle East his first
society people and then the sunny people the Jewish community in Iraq number
150,000 150,000 in 1948 now what I asked we were told there are fewer than ten
elderly Jewish individuals living there and one person said perhaps only for
Jewish individuals left in 2003 rocks christian population numbered 1.5
million today roughly 250,000 and the catholic priest in there today told me
perhaps only 200,000 remain some fled to neighboring countries including Syria
only the upper door once again in the current bloody conflict others emigrated
to the west 17 Christian families leave Iraq every day in six years a report
came in England said if the less does not do anything there will be no
Christians left in the cradle of Christendom many of those who remain
have become involuntary nomads in their own land displaced one two or even three
times the Nineveh plains has been one of the last relatively safe havens for
Christians and you see these and other minority groups but with a fall Mosul
and surrounding areas Iraqi Christians have nowhere else to run with some
notable exceptions the church in the West has not been
he’s with a crisis facing the church in Iraq or in the Middle East in Syria or
or in Egypt cardinal Dolan has spoken out very strongly and I appreciate it
Cardinal Wuerl has spoken out very strongly and I appreciate it Russell
Morris spoken out Rick Warren has spoken out Franklin Graham was spoken up but
overall there’s been a relative silence on the part of the church in the west to
a person when asked every Christian we met with in Iraq expressed the pervasive
sense of abandonment we’re with one Dominican sister sister Diana she said
mr. wolf does the church in the West care about us these courageous men and
women of faith cannot comprehend why Bernie churches forced conversions and
the emergence of a Caliphate and the cradle Chris of them is not being met
with urgency and action by the fellow believers in the West the Congress
passed a resolution called a genocide secretary Kerry has stolen a genocide
and yet almost nothing has been done since well we were in Iraq we met with a
man and whose wife had had breast cancer in a little camp in a little school and
he had a young boy with them the two young boys is older child that one had
gone to San Diego and one was living in Turkey he told the story of us that his
wife had breast cancer and what Isis came in a tick over his village that
took over Mosul a week or two later they they went to Mosul for treatment for his
wife’s breast cancer they told him license a we will not give your wife
treatment for breast cancer unless she converts unless she denies Christ andis
tricked me here’s a man and a woman who will not deny Christ go back to the
village and she dies we all know the story of Peter when you go to Israel you
can go to purnia me you can look down and see Peter’s house Peter ate with
Jesus there Peter saw Jesus walked on the water Peter saw the miracles of
Jesus and yet Peter deny Jesus three times and a construction
worker and his wife in Iraq do not deny and the wife does they spoke with great
conviction about their body belief in God’s goodness and faithfulness despite
the suffering and most at that time I cannot say it’s true today most wanted
to stay in Iraq with evil unleashed in the land they remain true disciples
Jesus of Nazareth and what to say about the persecuted the oppressor and the in
prison but is the West today burdened by this great injustice of religious
persecution does our government care not because we’re driven by guilt but
because we’re motivated by our concern for people by her faith not because of
some tired obligation but because of a vibrant mandate that we have always been
a nation cared for people who are being persecuted of all different
denominations of all faiths central to our personal dignity is their ability to
worship according to the dictates of their conscience as such where religious
freedom comes under attack I believe God’s law itself is violated nigeria
nigeria is the most populated nation in Africa in February of this year for was
from will perforce travel to nigeria Luanne 70r was on the trip and said
she’s here LuAnn syrah and set to trip up for us it was with us you can find
out report four of us want the report is on our webpage stand with Nigeria org
anjuna this year we brought to America one of the mothers one of the chibok
girls kidnapped by Boko Haram we traveled the three states with
representatives from the Stephanie’s foundation a Nigerian nonprofit that has
worked for 14 years in relief restoration and rebuilding life and
communities ravished by silence by violence and persecution in
the Nigeria we spoke with the American Embassy but we did not use the American
Embassy to travel through the country we met with representatives from nine
states in the North who traveled to spend several hours with assurance
stories and documentation of persecution but you’re a time was spent in Jos and
the surrounding areas often referred to as the Middle Belt we listened the
hundreds of individuals and small villages in remote areas miles and miles
off of the main roads we talked to tribal leaders pastors mothers and
fathers as well as government officials and at the end our own American Embassy
we heard about the pain the suffering and the agony that the people ignore
them and shut to Nigeria has faced and continue at this very time to face many
believe they’re in central and northern Nigeria that the world is not concerned
with their problems it is clear that the crisis plug in Nigeria is multifaceted
but one that must be addressed obviously by the Nigerian government but also by
our government and by Western governments in the entire international
community corruption in nigeria one significant issue that we saw everywhere
was corruption it is in the government at the federal level at the state level
it is in the businesses it is in the military one cannot enter or leave the
country without raising its raison its insidious head Transparency
International ranks Nigeria 136 have a hundred sixty eight countries that is in
the bottom twenty percent of all nations it is a very very corrupt place given
the population size and economic output this means that a vast number of people
have to suffer the cost in the injustice of corruption
poverty despite the fact that according to the latest available data from the
world bank nigeria is the richest country in africa yet there is immense
poverty unemployment is a huge issue it has been increasing since 2005 and now
stands well over twenty percent and the following oil prices are hitting the
economy broadly and the percentage of people living in poverty at less than a
dollar ninety-eight day the fifty three percent in year 2009 the last time they
checked and it is clearly increased since then terrorism according to the
2015 global terrorism index more than half 51-percent of all global deaths and
trimmed into terrorist groups were committed by l’a Boko Haram or the
Islamic state nigeria has experienced the largest increase in terrorist desk
more than three hundred percent in 2014 the 2015 9 of the top 20 most fatal
terrorist attacks the 2014 occurred in Nigeria the deadliest terrorist
organizations in the world according to the number killed our number one bulk
our own operates in central and northern Nigeria number two is the element
Islamic state which is in Iraq and Syria and now 22 22 other countries bulka Iran
and Isis have signed an agreement with each other number three is al-shabaab in
Somalia and number four is the Fulani militant herdsmen in central Nigeria so
the first most dangerous and the fourth most dangers are in Iraq and the first
most dangerous has an agreement and the leads to the second most dangerous Isis
bokhoram terrorism and violence continues from the well-known Boko Haram
whose name means Western education is forbidden according to the global
terrorism index of 2015 from the Institute of economics and peace at the
University of Maryland bokhoram killed 6664 Nigerians in 2014 more than Isis
anywhere else in the world that makes them bulk are on the single most deadly
terror organization in the world in a recent report by refugees international
they indicate that reportedly 20,000 have been killed in total as a result of
the insurgency in 2015 Boko Haram place allegiance to Isis this affiliation
means that bokhoram is now part of that organizations declaration of war against
both the Nigerian government and the American government bokhoram attacks
villages conducts drive-by shootings and uses young girls as suicide bombers they
target politicians and clerks for assassination focusing on the symbols of
Western advancement such as schools and hospitals and churches and also musk
well no one has an exact number thousands of young girls have been
abducted by Booker rum according to the Washington Post young girls and woman
who have been raped but released by Boko Haram faced extreme stigmatizing from
their communities were many label them as boko haram white and fear that
they’ve been radicalized and will eventually become potential attackers
they are the victims twice when captured and when they’re released and when every
taught with toys returned to their community in April this year we
commemorated the two-year anniversary of the kidnapping of the chibok girls and
despite the loud protest in the west and the bring back our girls campaign
championed by the White House and Prime Minister Cameron in England it is
extremely doubtful that any of the girls have been released about a month and a
half the one walked away and she explained what was taking place but in
some respects and I know the attention was well-meaning hashtag bring back our
girls has probably heard because what hashtag bring back our girls did it
basically put a price on the heads of these girls it would have better to have
said almost nothing or proform a statement and then done everything you
possibly can define them rather than putting a hashtag bring back our girls
and not doing much to bring the bed once counselor with we with whom we spoke
when the ground told us that the girls who have been captured may never return
without a major concerted effort by the Nigerian government in the West and when
they do they want been the victims of sexual violence and they’re oftentimes
pregnant or will have a child and all will have been forced to convert to
Islam only one is returned and she said six have died and the rest are alive we
brought one mom’s here we brought her up on Capitol
Hill to explain to plead for the western governments to do something with regard
to bring back the girls the militant fulani herdsmen unfortunately bokhoram
is not the only violent organization that plagues Nigeria there are also
militant fulani who I honestly had heard almost nothing about before visiting
Nigeria the Fulani herdsmen are a large tribal grouping that stretch over many
northwestern African countries and follow migratory grazing patterns some
of these herds going to here to a more radicalized version of Islam this is
having significant and devastating impact on predominantly Christian
farming communities in the middle build the global terrorism index has
identified them as the fourth most deadly terror organization in the world
that means Nigeria has the first and the fourth most dangerous terrorist group
impacting the people of Nigeria particularly the middle belt in northern
Nigeria while we were in Nigeria the a gat suh AGA tu village was attacked and
200 to 300 people were killed over a sustained to the three-day attack when
the attackers did not did not move on but rather occupied homes within the
village and the reports from on the ground indicate that sophisticated
resupply systems were used they said they used helicopters two helicopters
came came in they had motorized boats so tax like Isco well beyond the so-called
settler herder conflict there has been obvious increase in violence in 2013 the
Fulani militants killed 60 3 2014 they killed 1229 the internally displaced
persons idps due to the violence from groups
like Boko Haram and the Fulani militants there are thousands of internally
displaced people scattered across the country the living conditions that I saw
from the displaced people the IDP was the worst that I has seen in any country
according to recent estimates there are 2.1 million people who are internally
displaced and more have led the neighboring countries unofficially hello
there are about five million or even more who have been displaced we have
been told that ninety percent of the IDPs are dispersed among villages and
are outside official can’t therefore are unable to access even limiting
government services the refugee International report senior UN official
was quoted as stating quote Nigeria is our biggest failure this aligns with the
stories that we heard on the ground a special envoy I believe that a special
envoy for Nigeria and the lake Chad district region could be a strategic
benefit because many of the problems involving Nigeria also involved the
surrounding countries such a position could be modeled after centered danforth
that former President Bush appointed with regard to Sudan or formally the
special Knox games with special envoy on religious minorities in the middle east
and south central asia i think what Danforth did and Knox James is doing is
an indication with a special envoy for Nigeria and the length shads history
could do our organization the 21st century will perforce initiative has
taken a lead and asked President and Secretary Kerry to appoint
a special on envoy we have even recommended an individual for
congressman Tony Hall a democratic member of the house served on the House
Foreign Affairs Committee was well followed by members of both sides of the
aisle was an ambassador has been in almost all the countries of africa and i
fear that is something dramatic like this is not done come September it will
not be done because you know in the clothes of any administration people are
beginning to look throughout the jobs the building’s begin to empty out so I
think it’s important that the President appoints somebody like that 42 groups
and individuals join us when the letter through the International Religious
Freedom round table now we are grateful we are grateful to the International
Religious round table for their help and we’re grateful for every group that took
the time to sign this and many more have done additional letters after they saw
the interview with the chabad girl mother that was in the New York Times on
Sunday the issue of Boko Haram in the middle of the Fulani herdsmen are not
localized in Nigeria but transcend the bordering countries so a special envoy
could also help coordinate the necessary assistance throughout the region for
Cameroon Chad Baneen and other countries in the region there will be a one-stop
place is what people say we want to come to the west to talk about tourism okay
you go here but we want to talk about aid where do we go when we want to talk
about the ibps where do we go when we want to talk about transportation where
do we go and to have a one-stop would help us coordinate but would also help
Nigeria have a contact point in our government military assistance the US
military and other Western nations should use all possible assistance to
help the Nigerian government combat terrorism and help with training the
military and place on human rights it kind of reminded me of an in Colombia
when we were Colombia we will hear stories of the military abuse by the
military and our military did an excellent job if you call battle FARC
and training we need our military who do a great job to train the Nigerian
military on human rights and religious freedom the challenge the face Nigeria
are great or I believe is my belief that the United States and other Western
nations we have invested interest in confronting one of the worst crisis of
our day people have said to me since we returned why do we care about Nigeria I
mean we hear about people mr. why why Nigeria well the people of Nigeria are
suffering they are facing some of the most unbelievable terrorist attacks but
if you saw on television about two or three months ago bono the RV singer
acknowledged that the situation in Africa and Nigeria if it continues to
devolve bono sit it will prove to be existential threat to Europe and when he
was saying is basically if you’ve been to Europe lately and so the impact that
the refugees that had on certain parts of Europe Germany France and other parts
there were 25 million people in Syria and we’ve seen the impact the population
of Nigeria is a hundred and eighty million we’re already seeing reports of
refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Nigeria from Baneen from Cameroon and
all places if a quarter of 180 million or
more not counting in the surrounding countries pour out and board north to
York it will be and I agree with Bono an existential threat to that to that
country to that cunt Nigeria has been fractured and forgotten and is my hope
this Chrysler would be elevated to the place that it deserves many other
countries their human rights violations and persecution of people because of the
faithless Pakistan a Christian woman azo baby has been sentenced to death not
charged with death sentence to death it has been a prison for six years for
blasphemy for taking a drink of water out of the cup and the West the rest is
just selling a friend of mine shahbaz bhatti who was a Catholic member of the
Parliament who we tried to urge our government and their government giving a
bulletproof car who when he advocated for Christian for amma d for all
denominations he was a Catholic member the only Christian member of the cabinet
was gunned down coming out of his mother’s house and the West was just
wrote up at seven in China China we see the recent NBA decision to cancel the
all-star game in charlotte over North Carolina’s bathroom wall yet the NBA
plays basketball games in beijing and shanghai their Catholic Bishops under
house arrest Chris Smith one of the finest congressmen in Congress took Holy
Communion from bishops to bishops who has never been seen against Protestant
pastors and be arrested and taken away to jail Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Prize
winner won the Nobel Prize his wife was not
allowed to leave China to go to Norway to collect the prize Chinese lawyers
have been arrested in droves you must have seen the editorials in a Washington
Post in the New York Times and the Falun Gong is suffering and being persecuted
and hammered that over and over and over in the late 90s I snuck into Tibet and
have a warm part my heart for Tibet well you see what they have done by
repressing and there’s a prisoner called the dropsy prison in a number Tibetan
monks that has been sent to prison 130 the bet monks and nuns of the last year
have poured kerosene on their bodies and has set themselves a flame in protest to
the Chinese government and yet the NBA is going to continue to have the games
in in Beijing the sales of organs for fifty to sixty thousand dollars the
People’s Liberation Army sells an organ donor program whereby you can go over to
stay in a three star hotel they take your blood type they then go into the
prison and they test others and they find somebody with your blood type and
they kill them in I pictured where to put the bed in the back brace them up
and after they shoot them they put them in the ambulance and as you’re going
away they’re taking out the kidney because the closer the transplantation
takes and the NBA is going to continue games in beijing and shanghai
cyberattacks the number eyes to fund the FBI the number of companies in this
region in were being hit by cyber attacks I would
venture to guess the nba’s website and and computers have also been attacked
OPM for anyone has ever worked at federal government since 1980 the
Chinese have all of your records from 1980 up until last last year and then we
see we see the Chinese purchasing movie theaters AMC and how production film
places in Hollywood as you’re purchasing these do you think that Richard Gere
will ever be able to do a movie again about the persecution in China do you
think they’ll ever be able to do seven years in tibet no the Chinese government
will shut them down and when asked the head of the NBA said it’s just a
business deal just a businessman so as I said earlier I would be fortune it would
be fortunate to suggest that people of faith in America are experiencing even a
modicum even a monocle of the persecution of just described in place
like a rock Nigeria Syria China that said despite the constitutional
protection religious freedom has historically enjoyed its sacred standing
in the American experiment is daily being encroached upon meanwhile our
brothers and sisters around the world of all denominations of all faiths are
facing existential threat to the very survival I’m convinced that as they
became more than faceless nameless victims in distant wars and hard to
pronounce prison cells and as we commit as
commit to know their stories weeping at their wounds and antecedent on their
behalf through prayer and advocacy that we will find ourselves we will find
Americans shape by these men and woman these giants of the faith and it were
clear-eyed about the times and what we live I believe that these encounters
will make our own faith our own beliefs our own feelings more robust and
strengthen us for the days of head dr. Martin Luther King and if you haven’t
read it lately reading dr. King’s a letter from the Birmingham jail is one
of the most proud it should be mandatory reading for every high school student
and every college student dr. Martin Luther King said in the end we will
remember not the words there were enemies but the silence of her friends
are we not their friends and those who would be in persevere of all
denominations of all faiths around the world the German loser Lutheran pastor
and anti Nazi dissonant the juban offer said silence in the face of evil is evil
itself he said not to speak is this people not to act
is to act I think we should speak I think we should act now I’m going to
show you two very short films one nigeria and the other on a broader basis in northern and central nigeria
terrorists burned villages to the ground destroy churches and mutilate men women
and children in the name of their God Wallace I cheating discrimination
against religious minorities grows distrust breeds and violence goes
unpunished since 2010 Boko Haram has targeted schools killing hundreds of
students palani militants force Christians from their land surround
their villages and make them prisoners who cannot leave home without risk of
being murdered oh god oh man mention illegal step 1 million people are in
displaced persons camps and 4 million others more than the number of people in
Los Angeles are simply displaced in 2014 Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from the
chibok school and almost all are still missing Boko Haram has caused 1,500
schools to close and 950,000 children are without an education which
perpetuates the cycle of violence and threatens the future different types of
terrorism has happened in Nigeria and the bulk of the people that I’ve been
used our youth youth that have not gone to school you that do not know their
left from their right and an empty head this devil’s workshop they’ve actually
don’t have anything doing so the iron a pawn in the hands of whosoever wants to
use them all of this has created one of the world’s most neglected humanitarian
crises 21st century Wilberforce initiative sent
a team to document the atrocities and raise awareness with churches in the
West we want to come here and hear from you on your situation is in the business
of is pretty pissed at our people we thought we might eat it we have no big
I’m just anti DC can’t destroy everything vehicle so everybody run away
we have a lot 72 ah no I’m cute fine when the killings took place in Paris
the whole world listened but when killings are taking place in northern
Nigeria it’s just one little blip on the news our people peoples that is no more
than animals that is what you we are cute little talk the people depend on
the security network of the government to protect them and at most times those
who come to attack sometimes appear like the military get dressed in military
uniform and they also come with military hardware and at the end of the day you
are a victim to your enemy who is dressed like a villager you can imagine
a woman will be running to a soldier and a soldier will be to be destroying her
life the people are lots of and has no trust again confronted if you don’t
handle the summer shoe shoe lace and those things mr. will become a recession
restitution a senior UN official was quoted as saying quote Nigeria is their
biggest failure in the quote this aligns with the stories that we heard when we
were on the ground I want to pray for all because I want to peacefully for my
village they found that among all the hopelessness is hope leaders such as
Benjamin and Gloria quashee organizations like stefanos Foundation
and education must continue our standing in the gap
will you stand with Nigeria find out more go to stand with Nigeria dot org
and this next film is a true story and I think it would be clear what it’s about
but it’s a true story that I think sort of sums up this dream has haunted for decades there are some things that time does not
erase sometimes the only way forward is by
facing the past this is my story I lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust a railroad track Grimm behind our small
church and each Sunday morning at the exact same time we heard the whistle
from the distance then the clacking off the wheel is moving over the track it
was at the same time every Sunday we felt the rattling from the trail of
cattle cars accompanied by the screeching of metal that could echo
through our church walls it was a Sunday in the spring that would change my life
forever jesus said do not resist an evil door but if anyone strikes you on the
right cheek turn the other also loving your enemy this is a far better way this
is how we were called to live to understand this unnatural virtue we must
look to Jesus Christ as our model and our guide his meekness was his strength his
silence his statement to the world we must pray for those who persecute us prayer is the magnesium that reaches
heaven and moves mankind queria it’s easy to underestimate Christ Christ is Christ is a prince of
peace and as we better come to know Jesus we
will learn we learn to choose to Joe’s as he chooses we we learn to love our enemies and
allow God’s peace to rule to rule it in our hearts he is your swans are towards don’t even
need he named me rockstars this world
I Oh Oh hey
Oh all Oh Oh the ice tomb he has to do Oh Oh yes have passed and no one talks about
much anymore I still hear that train whistle in my sleep I can still hear
crying out for help God forgive all ours who called ourselves Christians yet did
nothing to intervene do believe me when I tell you the
reality was indescribably worse in these pictures you cannot photograph suffering
only its results in just the last 24 hours more than a quarter of a million
people have fled Rwanda and its terror lines at some border crossing stretch 45
miles anyone who ventures outdoors is fair
game Red Cross and UN relief convoys even men and women in bread lines are
targeted did you cited method Alchemist Iliad I think I personal won’t go take some
questions now circuit the ascertain the question although I’m not a fisherman
practicing human but what I may just may be ssleep report that you are suggesting
Christians especially listen miss Arbutus dimensions then all but the you
estimate does have his healings of his commissions are these talks and papers
the inducer is still that long twisted pentas earth is not invented in our
quest and years ago in fact it is gotten worse so my question to you sir is what
we move you in the best interest spending the US will start reversing the
trend I think we have a moral obligation to advocate for any group that’s being
persecuted because of their beliefs I was the chairman of the ahmadiyya muslim
caucus up on Capitol Hill I with Steny Hoyer led the effort to lift them the
arms embargo for the Muslims in in Sarajevo when the war was fighting i
went down to chechnya to advocate for four people I think we’ve seen two
things the breakdown this used to be a very bipartisan issue you had President
Reagan you had scoop Jackson you had Henry Hyde and you had Tom Tom Lantos a
you know President Reagan said that the words in the Constitution and the words
in the Declaration of Independence were coveting a covenant not only with the
people in Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787 but a covenant with the entire world
that covenant has been relatively shredding secondly everything that takes
place in government particularly in Congress is downstream from culture and
if the Congress isn’t hearing from the culture from the public about this issue
it ceases to be an issue the genocide resolution passed it was wonderful i
appreciate secretary curry speaking out but since that time nothing’s been done
so i think the church needs to advocate all denominations have to advocate
that’s why i made the comment earlier it’s hard to believe some of the
anti-semitism that we’re now seeing around the room we I think in the West
are just seeing it a little louder and are singing and drowning out the cries
are those who are pursued the byes in Iran you could just go through the the
wii gars in a china but i think the fact that the culture and the public is not
rising up we don’t have Ronald Reagan’s and scoop Jackson’s and
Tom Lantos is in and Henry Hines yes sir you did not mention the fact if any from
the u.s. Commission on religious freedom elevator I think they’re doing a good
job and I think ambassador Saperstein is one of the finest appointments that you
could you could possibly have I strongly supported his appointment when we put
together the Commission back in the nine-nine rabbi Saperstein was part of
the group rabbi Saperstein cardinal mccarrick a chuck Colson Don argue had a
National Association of Evangelicals to put this together once the bill passed
and the commission was set up ambassador Saperstein was actually on the
Commission so it’s probably the best appointment that could possibly made
unfortunately they had other ones in there that were not very good and then
you had a long period of time that nobody was was in any office there was a
bill passing has passed the House stalled in the Senate I don’t know why
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has installed in a setting that beefs up
and gives a bachelor Saperstein more staff more power more authority makes
his credentials greater in the State Department but i think the commission
and ambassador South Christine have done a relatively good job they need more
power we heard from them you know five or six years ago but I haven’t heard
anything seemingly impressed actions they they just put out a report
333 days ago and the former chairman with Robbie George is probably one of
the finest guys you could have Katrina sweat who is the daughter of Tom Lantos
they have spoken out they have advocated I think part of the problem is there has
not been in the culture the average member of Congress is not getting
telephone calls and letters and emails about this issue that’s why for the
church to speak out and motivate the culture to move the Congress and also
the administration but to Commission and I think ambassador sacristy are both my
people the commission has a newsletter you serve if you go to their website and
its daily that they are doing actually set tremendous things seeding in the
press Billy online dating stories daily around the world it’s just the new york
times in the washington post I’m not coming but I would encourage everyone to
Google you surf and it’s free signup and it’s one of the best
rest of elements thank you can do there um in many ways the Pope has not always
not slept here not have spoken out against the genocides as much as other
part AB and legend church in the Western world seems to be sweet there are
sometimes two adult great weddings as well in history particularly of the
church here in America but what does it do to to do that changing culture what
what what is the next well Pope Francis did that Pope Francis
was one of the first to speak out and Cole was taking place in Iraq Jenna
genocide every time we go into the villages they always said pray for us I
think you just need an awakening in the church when I see that feel I’ve seen
that film now 25 times I can emotion I want to see the film when I walk in the
camps when I went up with witnesses to Diana and I think you know the media is
not covered it to people i think the church leadership we need we need in the
church today we need more Martin Luther King’s we need more Dickie barn hoppers
we need more people like like this and if you read chuckles his book he sort of
lays out kind of where this thing is going but I think the church has to
provide the leadership I just and I think whether it’s a great public
opinion idea i think the american people are good people and just seeing this
information and here they would be motivated but the church is it
relatively sounds kind of like your member remember the song that simon and
garfunkel sang in celle part of the boxer it says man hears what he wants to
hear and disregards the rest we are disregarding the rest in the church in
the West is silent could I ask a congressman in northern Nigeria or any
of the other places in the Basel berries of the world would you
is it did you hear about Saudi influences and the madrasas absolutely
if you read the book looming tower in the book lumi tower he the writer I
think right points out that that the Saudis funded all of the madrasas up on
the afghan-pakistan border I’ve been up on that border and have have a scene if
you read the New York Times taking it from that point to where we are now if
you read the New York Times about six weeks ago Nicholas Kristof one of my
favorite columnist I think politically we would never vote for the same
candidate but Christoph goes places that no one else would go he talked about the
sodding influence you now see the Saudi influence in Sarajevo you see the Saudi
influence in Kosovo which was so modern assembly bocinas or the influence in
Albania you’re seeing the sort of influence and Frank quite frankly you
have the Saudi Academy out here in Northern Virginia for the longest period
of time I had anti patient and anti-semitic text in the textbook and so
yeah I think the Saudis have been the creators of a lot of this problems yet
and it came up when we were we were there when I was in Iraq at the end of
every meeting I would always ask the same course i would say who’s helping
Isis against the same answer every meeting three they said the Saudis they
said cutter and they said turkey because turkey
wasn’t allowing in the istanbul airport you can fly to this damn ball error
airport repositioning goes south and the Turks were allowing people to come in
through all over the world all over Europe in order to cross the border to
come in a fight with Isis oh yeah the Saudis are really and I think but look
and see who the Saudis have on the representation here in Washington they
have some of the most powerful interests represented so I personally believe that
what you need is a major study I think the information is there to allow the
American people to know what the studies are doing and educate to Congress that I
know and quite frankly I think the Saudis string is running out because
they’re beginning to have some really deep deep problem but yes the Saudis
have come up over and over and read looming tower and even begins all mullah
omar 12 madrasas that the Saudis funded is it it was a circle back on your
comment one of the challenges is you don’t have
to depart looters or longer do poppers it’s not normal to be leaders like that
the 21st century workforce initiative is aligned with on the Stanford Nigeria
site we have spent four months creating action packs for churches we actually
have sermon outlines we have resources we have books we have an updated
photocopy so it’s a 15 page free downloadable and we asking people to
share that it’s not really a plug for us but to your point most people don’t know
how to bridge when we say the church needs to rise they don’t we try to give
them some of the messages to do that and we would encourage all of your to go
down the path it’s on CN with my not work and it says what you can do and
it’s individuals in church we take the entry hi i want to ask we heard some
rather disturbing reports recently of the treatment of christians and Kurdish
area of Iraq by Kurdish groups similarly with the okay from Kurdish authorities
in common yes we had in fact at the subject of the meeting today we had a I
don’t want to mention them because they live in a rough neighborhood but we had
somebody from the Christian community and somebody from the Yazidi community
and yes they are being pressured by by the by the Kurds no it’s it it’s not a
black-and-white issue I can say something critical the curves the Kurds
really took the weapons away from the aziz easygeeze woke up on Sinjar
mountain when you woke up and thought the Kurds what a defend him the purse
burger and they were gone the other side of the coin and there is always another
side of the coin the purse murga is the only it’s the point of the spear over
there now and we have fundamentally failed the purse murga because we’re not
giving them aid their weapons we went up to the front lines with them they show
this Isis we looked at a solid tile factory where Isis their weapons are all
your equipment is old their training so America has not really kind of embraced
and come in as they are the point of the spear they I think are looking so I
think had we or if we now put more training more assistance and more weapon
two sixes a more human rights training that’s like with the farking and the
military down in Columbia our military did a tremendous job and human rights
training I think we have to do the same thing with our people embed it with the
person murga but so the two sides of the coin in fairness to the Kurds they have
done some amazing things it’s a dangerous neighborhood but yes they have
done some things to the Christians and they have done some things too
the disease that are not very good take one that Saudi Arabia’s build a wall
around the country and yet they’re not taking any Muslim immigrants there
the issues because I guess but it’s so interesting because you
can’t go over there with crucifix on your neck or with a Bible or build a
church there it’s all one hundred percent Muslim and yet they’re building
these huge loss of scared and they’re doing you know you know who knows what
they’re doing inside there just loosenin filtration I mean they’re just going
against our government and they watch me along and there are some reports of
without getting a detail of Saudi money coming in helping certain segments here
in the United 60 Georgetown University at Catholic University there thank you
all for coming and thank you Thank You congressman wolf great honor
and pleasure to have you here and to hear those very moving words ladies and
gentlemen thank you for coming and please join us on September 8th for dr.
Zuhdi Jasser good

 

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