Religious Leaders Back Israel, Call US Government Support
A group of religious leaders back Israel on Congress and to take action against antisemitism in the United States. Pastors from Christian churches and leaders from groups like the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute, the American Center for Law and Justice, Outreach International, and the Christian Broadcasting Network signed the letter.Bernard HorneNov 29, 20231062 Shares39340 Views
A letterwas sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Monday by fifteen churchleaders from across the country. Pastors from Christianchurches and leaders from groups like the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute, the American Center for Law and Justice, Outreach International, and the Christian Broadcasting Network signed the letter. It was led by the conservative Faith& Freedom Coalition. People holding flags of Israel
In a powerful display of solidarity, religious leaders from across the United States have come together to call upon Congress to swiftly pass funding aid for Israel as it grapples with the continuing conflict with Hamas.
Released on Monday, a joint letter, backed by a diverse coalition of religious figures, unequivocally condemns antisemitism and underscores their unwavering support for Israel's right to self-defense.
With this letter, we issue a united condemnation of antisemitism and proclaim our support for Israel's right to self-defense. The United States government, and the people's representatives in Congress, cannot waver both in combatting antisemitism and in supporting the State of Israel.- Faith & Freedom Coalition letter
We call on the United States Congress to without delay take the following specific steps to fight antisemitism and ensure that the Jewish state survives this horrific attack.- Faith & Freedom Coalition letter
Among the outlined steps, the religious leaders urge Congress to pass legislation for funding Israel's defense, endorse the Countering Hate Against Israel by Federal Contractors Act, and support the Antisemitism Awareness Act. The letter also calls for the freezing of $6 billion of Iranian funds, part of the Iranian hostage deal earlier this year, and urges federal agencies to take robust measures against antisemitic hate crimes within the United States.
Leading the charge is the Faith& Freedom Coalition, whose impassioned plea is directed at key congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnson, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.
Like the signatories of this letter, the majority of Americans continue to stand by their Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States and in the Jewish homeland of Israel. As Jews remain the target of more than half of religion-motivated hate crimes in the United States and as Israel faces a fight for its survival, Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must take action now.- Faith & Freedom Coalition letter
Co-signed by religious leaders from Texas, New York, and Virginia, the letter also urges the federal government to intensify efforts against rising antisemitism and limit the president's authority to lift sanctions and engage with Iran—a known supporter of Hamas, the group responsible for the October 7 attack on Israel, claiming over 1,200 lives.
As the plea reverberates, Senate Majority Leader Schumer announced on Sundaythat President Joe Biden's $100 billion spending proposal, inclusive of aid for Israel, Ukraine, and the southern border, is set for a vote in early December. However, challenges loom, particularly in the House, where Republicans advocate for separating Israeli and Ukrainian aid. The fate of this critical legislation hangs in the balance, echoing the urgency expressed by religious leaders seeking resolute action in the face of a dire humanitarian crisis.
A group of well-known Evangelical leaders signed a letter asking important political leaders to stand up against racism, support Israel, and do something about the Oct. 7 massacre by Hamas, which they called the "most significant event since the Holocaust."
The Christian leaders want Congress to take real actions, like givingmoney to Israel's defenders, passing laws against antisemitism, and keeping an eye on steps to stop and punish hate crimes in the U.S.
The letter also asks that sanctions against Iran be kept in place and that people help Israel defend itself against Hamas and other Islamic terrorist groups. The signatories also say they stand with Israel and the Jewish people and ask all Americans to do the same.