Save the Persecuted Christians Hosts Expert Panel at CPAC This Week
Moving Exhibit Titled ‘The People of the Cross’ Will Also Be Part of Conservative Political Action Conference Near Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON—Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) will host a panel of experts at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the plight of 300 million persecuted Christians worldwide and how Americans can help.
WHO: Save the Persecuted Christians
WHAT: Conservative Political Action Conference expert panel event and “The People of the Cross” exhibit
WHERE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 2
- Save the Persecuted Christians Panel: 3-4 p.m. Friday, March 1, titled “Persecution of Christians: An Existential Threat to Freedom and How to Defeat it” and featuring: Frank Gaffney, moderator and STPC president; Pastor Bob Fu of China Aid (invited); Dr. Sayo Abijoye of Mission Africa International; Dede Laugesen, STPC executive director; Faith McDonnell of the Institute on Religion and Democracy; and Dominic Sputo, author of “Heirloom Love: Authentic Christianity in this Age of Persecution.”
WHY: To share information about the plight of 300 million persecuted Christians worldwide
HOW: Learn more and register for CPAC here.
Also during the panel at CPAC, Save the Persecuted Christians will display “The People of the Cross,” a moving exhibit that features images, facts and quotes from recent news stories about the persecution of Christians in multiple countries, such as North Korea, where Christians are tortured or worse; Syria, where Christian girls and women have been sold into sex slavery; East Africa, where terrorists are exterminating Christians with genocidal intent; Nigeria where two of the world’s most violent terrorist groups surround and slaughter entire villages of Christians; and China, where Communists are increasingly hostile to people of faith and churches are demolished. A majority of the countries highlighted in the banners are high on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List.
After debuting last summer at the U.S. Capitol as a side event to the U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, this series of vertical, traveling banners has toured the nation, exposing tens of thousands to powerful messages concerning the horrific character and widespread nature of anti-Christian persecution. “The People of the Cross” exhibit is available for churches, public venues and special events. To learn more about hosting “The People of the Cross,” contact Save the Persecuted Christians or visit the website, where all the panels are available to view online.
The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by holding the persecutors accountable and creating costs for their crimes against humanity. To that end, it will disseminate actionable information about the magnitude of such crimes and bring to bear a movement of concerned Americans determined to hold persecutors accountable for such crimes and create real costs for perpetrating them against those who follow Jesus.
According to Aid to the Church in Need, which released its biannual report on Religious Freedom in the World in November, over 300 million Christians experience persecution. According to Open Doors, 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 percent 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.
Because most of these crimes are not covered in the media, Save the Persecuted Christians developed a dedicated news aggregator—www.ChristianPersecutionNews.com—to capture current instances of persecution and to provide readers an easy way to share these heartbreaking stories with others.
With so much of the world’s Christian population being attacked, imprisoned and/or exiled for their beliefs, 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.