Monday, August 19, 2013

Opposing Boko Haram's Vicious Persecution of Christians

I'm pleased to pass along a call for prayer and action from Faith McDonnell, a veteran human rights advocate whose concentration is on the persecuted church.

Attacks by Boko Haram, the northern Nigerian jihadists dedicated to eliminating the Christian presence in northern Nigeria and establishing Sharia throughout the country, continue every week. And still the U.S. State Department will not designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Some good news, though, is that U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) has drafted a new bill in Congress to “impose sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to Boko Haram or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents, or for other purposes.”...

Before introducing the bill, we would like to see many other members of House sign on as co-sponsors. You could send a copy of this article or any other others on Juicy Ecumenism describing the horror that Boko Haram is visiting upon the Christians of northern Nigeria, and how it is affiliated with all of the other jihadist Islamist supremacist groups around the globe. Encourage your member of Congress to be a co-sponsor of this important piece of legislation.

Those congressional contacts Faith suggests can be found right here.