July 12, 2019
If there was anyone more grateful for the election of Donald Trump than conservatives, it was almost certainly millions of the world's persecuted. For almost a decade, they watched in dismay as America turned its back on entire populations, leaving faith groups to fend for themselves. When whole villages were wiped out in bloody rampages, they saw an American president who refused to even say the word "genocide," let alone do anything about it. Their hope -- and the hope of the world -- seemed lost. Then came 2016, and the rise of a new administration that picked up the torch where Barack Obama dropped it.
Almost immediately, the message from this White House seemed to be: you are not alone. America will stand by you. It's a mission -- and message -- that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes personally.
Next week, Secretary Pompeo, together with Ambassador Sam Brownback, are proving just how serious they are about this global crisis by gathering the most powerful foreign dignitaries, activists, and faith leaders from around the world in Washington to discuss religious freedom. This ministerial -- the second of the Trump era -- will encourage international leaders to make a stronger commitment to the fundamental human right of religious liberty. For a preview of this year's event, check out this new Washington Examiner column by FRC's Travis Weber and Arielle Del Turco.
As part of the events talking place all over D.C., FRC will be hosting a special panel with experts on this question:
Will Religious Freedom Survive in Northeast Syria? Together with Law and Liberty International, we'll be featuring a dozen distinguished speakers Tuesday evening, including:
- Lord David Alton, Former Member of Parliament and Co-Founder of the Jubilee Campaig
- Bassam Ishak, President of the Syriac National Council and Co-head of the Representative Office of the Syrian Democratic Council
- Sinam Mohammed, Co-head Representative Office of Syrian Democratic Council in Washington, DC
- Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
- Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Executive Vice President, Family Research Council
- Travis Weber, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs and Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council
- Haider Elias, President of Yazda
- Hallam Ferguson, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau at USAID
- His Grace Mar Awa Royel, Bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East for the Diocese of California and Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East
- Chris Mitchell, CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief, Producer Jerusalem Dateline
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.