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UK: Candidates from all parties commit to support persecuted Christians
01 June 2017
So far, 1,308 people have contacted their electoral candidates to ask them to champion the rights of persecuted Christians if elected - if that includes you, thank you!
If you haven't contacted your candidates yet, what are you waiting for? It will take you less than 2 minutes and could make a real difference for our persecuted brothers and sisters - speak out for them now.
Positive responses from over 50 constituencies
We have heard of positive responses from candidates of all major political parties and from over 50 different constituencies across the UK. If any of your candidates have responded to you, please do forward their responses on to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't already - we'd love to hear what they have to say!
We have asked you to ask your candidates to sign the One Million Voices of Hope petition, to champion Open Doors' call for the government to create a faith forum to advise the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on its engagement in the Middle East, and to stand up for the right to freedom of religion or belief, for example, by joining the All Party Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief if elected. Here's what a few of them have said:
A Conservative party candidate said: "Thanks for getting in touch about the persecution of Christians. I very much share your concerns of course. I will ensure the Open Doors campaign reaches the Foreign Office for a direct response."
A Labour party candidate responded by saying, "I completely agree that persecuted Christians the world over, who have been denied a voice, need a champion and that the current situation in the Middle East makes this even more pressing. I would be very happy to join the APPG on International freedom of Religion or Belief and participate in any debates on this issue in Parliament. I will absolutely continue to raise these issues should I be re-elected on 8 June and I am grateful to you for raising them with me."
A Liberal Democrat candidate said, "Thanks for your email. And I am very happy to sign this pledge. And will commit, if re-elected, to advocating its aims. It's clear that in some countries across the world Christians are being specifically targeted which is both wrong and wicked. I will do all I can to fight against this in parliament'.
A Green party candidate responded saying, "I have signed the petition and agree that a faith forum to advise the Foreign Office would be a good idea. I will join the APPG if elected."
And a candidate for the Scottish National Party said, "No one should have to face threats of violence for practicing their faith, no matter where they live. I have signed the petition and shall continue to support an end to the persecution of religious minorities."
Don't let them forget
If a candidate responds positively to your email and is elected, why not email them after the election to congratulate them and remind them of any commitments they have made to support persecuted Christians?
But you can't do that if you didn't contact your candidates in the first place. If you haven't already, contact your electoral candidates today!
- Whatever the result is on 8 June, pray that those who are elected will use their influence to stand up for the right to freedom of religion or belief across the world.