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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Feb 2018 11:40 am

Frank Gaffney Helps Kick Off “The Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition”

Drawing on his own experience in the Scoop Jackson–Ronald Reagan era, defense expert Frank Gaffney explained today

“The Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition is made up of scores of leading clerics, other prominent individuals, and non-governmental organizations determined to raise the awareness of the American people and their elected officials to the magnitude of these crimes against humanity. Members of this informal team, of which I am proud to be one, seek moreover to mobilize the public to action – both for the purpose of assisting those doing vital humanitarian relief in the field and to expose and hold accountable those responsible for the persecution.

Toward these ends, the STPC Coalition has taken a page out of the playbook of a campaign begun over five decades ago to save Soviet Jewry. It began with a few signs outside of synagogues and churches across the country. Student activists, community leaders, and ultimately veto-proof bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress translated the movement precipitated by such signage into a statute championed by the late Democratic Sen. Henry M. ‘Scoop’ Jackson and known as the Jackson-Vanik amendment. (See Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics, by Dr. Robert Kaufman, pp. 266-283.)

That amendment prevented the USSR from obtaining most-favored-nation (MFN) status unless it allowed free emigration, something the Kremlin adamantly refused to do. Without the financial safety net that MFN would have provided, the Soviets were ripe for the sort of economic warfare that President Reagan ultimately waged as part of his comprehensive strategy for destroying the ‘Evil Empire’ enshrined in the 1983 National Security Decision Directive 75. The rest, as they say, is history.” (Highlighting added throughout.)

Former assistant defense secretary Gaffney declared

Starting today, churches and synagogues nationwide will display on their grounds banners like this:

We hope and pray that from this modest beginning will spring a national movement that will ultimately accomplish a feat no less extraordinary than that achieved by the Free the Soviet Jews campaign: an end worldwide to the persecution of Christians.

Click here for operational support (including banners and kits) on this crucial undertaking!

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