Save the Persecuted Christians Applauds Passage of Bills Supporting Hong Kong Citizens
Coalition Partners Keep ‘Statement of Solidarity with Hong Kong’s Christians’ Open for Others to Sign
November 21, 2019
WASHINGTON—Both the U.S. Senate and House this week overwhelmingly passed bills to support Hong Kong protestors, which served as a warning for China to cease its abhorrent human rights violations.
Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), which advocates on behalf of hundreds of millions of persecuted Christians worldwide, praised the passage of the bills and has worked to stand in solidarity with Christians in Hong Kong as they make a courageous stand for freedom and justice.
“STPC applauds the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act by both the Senate and the House,” said Bob Fu, head of China Aid and a member of the Save the Persecuted Christians Board of Directors. “This bipartisan bill sends the strongest message to tyrant president Xi Jinping of the Chinese regime and its controlled Hong Kong government that the American people have clearly chosen to stand with the millions of the persecuted faithful in mainland China and the suppressed people of Hong Kong in their pursuit of freedom and democracy.”
According to Bloomberg, “China reiterated Wednesday a threat to impose unspecified retaliation if the bill became law and urged the U.S. to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs.” CNBC also reported on the two House bills passed Wednesday: one aimed to protect human rights in Hong Kong and a second to bar the export of certain munitions to Hong Kong police.
Kevin Jessip, Chairman of the Board of Save the Persecuted Christians, said the organization has been active in the unveiling of China’s human rights and religious freedom abuses, which are many.
“Save the Persecuted Christians has been vocal in supporting the freedom fighters while standing in solidarity with them,” Jessip said. “STPC is thankful for this administration, which is willing to stand for international freedom of religion even as this challenges the world’s largest economies seeking to close a preliminary agreement to end a trade war.”
Frank Gaffney, President and CEO of Save the Persecuted Christians, also weighed in on the important topic this morning in his “Secure Freedom Minute” radio feature.
“As the Chinese Communist Party boa constrictor inexorably tightens its lethal grip on Hong Kong, the United States government has finally expressed its unequivocal support for that territory’s freedom-fighters,” Gaffney said. “In a unanimous vote in the Senate on Tuesday and a nearly unanimous one in the House Wednesday, Congress has served notice on Beijing that there will be serious financial costs should it deny Hong Kong people the liberties they have courageously demanded since last spring.
“It now falls to President Trump to sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law,” Gaffney continued. “Given the veto-proof margins that bill enjoyed in both houses, it will be enacted, even if he declines to do so. But Mr. Trump must seize the opportunity now, as an NBA manager famously, if briefly, urged a few months ago to ‘Fight for freedom; stand with Hong Kong.’”
A contact at The Epoch Times reported to Save the Persecuted Christians Executive Director Dede Laugesen that four masked men attempted to burn down the Hong Kong print shop where the Hong Kong Chinese edition of the newspaper is printed. No one was hurt, but there was considerable equipment damage. Read more here.
Last month, Save the Persecuted Christians coalition partners signed a joint “Statement of Solidarity with Hong Kong’s Christians and All Those Who Long for Freedom,” which, in part, read:
“You have been in our thoughts and prayers as you seek to keep the People’s Republic of China’s Communist leaders from violating Hong Kong’s fragile semi-independence with measures designed to bring the people of Hong Kong under their control. We have been particularly concerned, along with you, about the PRC’s desire to extradite Hong Kong citizens, as well as foreigners, to mainland China, knowing that this technique would certainly be used by the Communist regime against Christians and other religious believers.
“We are impressed by your continued thoughtfulness and respect for your fellow Hong Kongers and all those who travel through Hong Kong such as you have shown in your poignant signs of apology for any inconvenience caused to travelers by your own fight for freedom, and by your recent efforts to enable both autos and pedestrians to continue moving on Hong Kong’s streets in spite of the thousands and thousands of protesters lining those streets. Your dignity and nobility as you suffer for a just cause is a witness to the whole world, and is in stark contrast to those in the West who take their freedom for granted.
“In turn, we pledge to you our prayers and our support, our solidarity and our advocacy. We pray and raise our voices in advocacy for Chinese Christians and for all of those in China, including pro-democracy dissidents, Falun Gong, Uyghurs, and the people of Tibet that are oppressed, persecuted, and imprisoned by the Communist regime. And we pledge to do the same for our friends and fellow freedom lovers in Hong Kong. We ask God to protect your fragile freedom and not allow this small bastion of religious liberty for Christians to be compromised and oppressed. We also urge the United States government to stand more strongly and more vocally with the people of Hong Kong until your full freedoms are safe and democracy is guaranteed.”
Organizations that signed the statement sponsored by the Institute on Religion & Democracy included: Save the Persecuted Christians; China Aid; Common Ground Christian Network; East Turkistan National Awakening Movement; New Wineskins Missionary Network; Jubilee Campaign USA; “The Eric Metaxas Show”; Center for Security Policy; Global Strategic Alliance; St. Paul Lutheran Church; Yore Children; KBRG-The Bridge Radio Station; Alert Long Island; Venatus Group, Inc.; Trinity Lutheran Church; Open Doors USA; The Praying Peripatetic; Texanoma Patriots; Correll Missionary Ministries; GracePointe Community Church; Moral Action Ministry; Exodo; the Christian Activist Network of New England; and more. The letter remains open to sign.
“All are welcome to join us in standing with these precious people,” say STPC coalition partners.
The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.
According to Aid to the Church in Need’s biannual report on Religious Freedom in the World, at least 327 million Christians experience persecution—a number roughly equal to the current U.S. population. According to Open Doors USA World Watch List, 245 million Christians are victims of high to extreme levels of persecution (i.e., torture, rape, sex-slavery, expulsion, murder and genocide), an increase of 14%t over 2018. Open Doors also estimates 1 in 9 of the world’s Christians experience persecution and that every month: 345 Christians are killed, often in public and without regard to gender or age; 219 Christians are abducted and imprisoned indefinitely without trial; and 106 churches are demolished.
Save the Persecuted Christians has developed a dedicated news aggregator—ChristianPersecutionNews.com—to capture current instances of persecution and to provide readers with an easy way to share these heartbreaking stories with others. Stories are categorized and resource reports are easily accessible.
With so much of the world’s Christian population being attacked, imprisoned and/or exiled for their beliefs, such as Christians in Hong Kong and Communist China, the need has never been greater for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression. Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christians endeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemically the suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.
To interview a Save the Persecuted Christians representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.