Roman Colosseum Bathed in Red This Saturday to Draw Attention to Global Persecution of Christians
New ‘Save The Persecuted Christians’ Coalition Rallies Houses of Worship to Heighten Awareness of Worldwide Atrocities
WASHINGTON—In two days, the world will be given a tangible and striking reminder of the bloodshed experienced by persecuted Christians around the world.
This Saturday, Feb. 24, the Roman Colosseum, along with two churches in Mosul and Aleppo, will be bathed in red lights to draw attention to the global persecution of Christians, reports Breitbart News. Breitbart also cited a report from Aid to the Church in Need, which shares that “Christians are the victims of at least 75 percent of all religiously-motivated violence and oppression,” and moreover, the extent of the persecution is largely ignored by the media.
Committed to raising awareness about the global atrocities of Christian persecution is a newly organized coalition called Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC, www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org). Made up of scores of individuals and organizations with a shared determination to stand in solidarity, Save the Persecuted Christians’ mission is to protect Christians worldwide who are suffering discrimination, torture, rape, slavery, banishment and murder—simply because they believe in Jesus Christ.
Breitbart also reported that in the 13 countries where Christians suffer the most intense persecution, the situation has worsened in all but one—Saudi Arabia, where in the past two years conditions have stayed the same, yet was so bad it could hardly get any worse.
The goal of Save the Persecuted Christians is greatly to reduce—and to deter—the further, global persecution of Christians. Beyond calling attention to the oppression of Christians worldwide, the immediate task is to disseminate actionable information about ways in which the American people can help those being persecuted. The information includes relevant initiatives of members of the Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition and others.
The STPC initiative was announced Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday, by asking faith leaders and houses of worship across America to post banners outside for two reasons: 1) build awareness and 2) encourage engagement by visiting www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org.
The banners feature the “nun” letter, which has become an international symbol for the oppression of Christians ever since the Islamic State used this first letter of the Arabic word for “Nazarene” to designate homes of followers of Christ targeted for persecution. Banners and supporting materials can be viewed and ordered at www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org. Other items available include additional information about the Coalition, a pastoral bulletin insert and details concerning partner resources.