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World's Faithful Gather in DC to Fight Religious Persecution: 'I Could Not Imagine What He Suffered'

Randy Mancini 8 Jul 1

And while the summit is focused on persecution abroad, victims urge Americans to guard their freedoms.  

"Liberty is taken away incrementally, in most cases, it's not overnight," says Hal Shurtleff who serves as director of Camp Constitution and won at the Supreme Court after he was denied a request to fly the Christian flag over Boston City Hall.

Shurtleff and others argue America must remain a beacon for the world.

"They look to our principles to say, 'Well, here's a country that's getting it right when it comes to freedom.' That's something that we can't lose hold of," says Jonathan Alexandre, senior counsel for government affairs at Liberty Counsel.

Rabbi Cooper says there's a sleeping giant in America that could change millions of lives.

"If you can get every church in the U.S. to adopt one church in Nigeria - just one church - church to church, people to people - things will change there very quickly because if we wait for governments to figure this out we're just going to keep reading over and over again about the body count of the faithful going up," he says.

As so many suffer for their faith around the world, the effort is ongoing to confront and change oppressive policies that hurt so many.

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