Open Doors Releases Midterm Congressional Scorecard for 112th Congress: Open Doors is proud to publish the scorecard which is a midterm report on how US federal legislators have prioritized international religious freedom (IRF) during the first half of the 112th session of Congress. “Open Doors does critical work by shining a bright light on abuses of religious freedom the world over,” says Congressman Frank Wolf (VA), the highest scorer on the current scorecard. To view how your representatives scored and to send them a message go to: View Congressional Scorecard To learn more about this important advocacy tool go to: Protecting Religious Freedom

USCIRF Identifies World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), released its 2012 Annual Report and recommended that the Secretary of State name the following nations “countries of particular concern” or CPCs: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.  “It’s no coincidence that many of the nations we recommend to be designated as CPCs are among the most dangerous and destabilizing places on earth,” said USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “Nations that trample upon basic rights, including freedom of religion, provide fertile ground for poverty and insecurity, war and terror, and violent, radical movements and activities.”  Read more>>

Presidential Pledge Signals Candidate Commitment to Religious Freedom: Sign our petition asking candidates to sign the Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom at this link, Presidential Pledge Petition Open Doors USA President, Carl Moeller, urges all candidates to sign the Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom. “Open Doors would love to have the pledge signed by every candidate. Far from being a radical, divisive political document, this pledge lays out a position that our Founding Founders rightly agreed is a basic American value.” Read more>>

‘Destroy All the Churches’ Saudi Arabia’s Poor Treatment of Christians: According to several Arabic news sources, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” Elliot Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations responded in an article in The Atlantic: “The Grand Mufti’s statement ought to be widely denounced around the world, and won’t be–a scandal and a shame.” Read more>>

Christians Targeted in Sudan’s ‘Ethnic Cleansing’: The “ethnic cleansing” that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has undertaken against black Africans in the Nuba Mountains is also aimed at ridding the area of Christianity, according to humanitarian workers. By targeting Christians, among people who are also adherents of Islam and other faiths in the Nuba Mountains, the regime in Khartoum is able to portray the violence as “jihad” to Muslims abroad and thus raise support from Islamic nations.   Read more>>

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