Ralph Reed: It is time to take on the raging, global war against faith

On radio this morning, Glenn welcomed Ralph Reed of the Faith & Freedom Coalition to the program to discuss the growing war on faith worldwide. The Faith & Freedom Coalition has launched a campaign entitled “Demand Religious Freedom,” which seeks to shed light on the persecution of Christians and Jews in the Middle East and elsewhere and to demand action from the Obama Administration.

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Throughout his presidency, Obama has not been particularly vocal or vigilant in advocating for religious freedom, so Glenn asked Reed why his group has chosen to bring forth this campaign and petition at this point in time. As Reed described, the rise of radical Islam throughout the Middle East has put Jews and Christians in the region in particular danger.

“There is a war against faith that is raging around the world, particularly and most violently in the Middle East, where you now have a safe sanctuary for a uniquely violent, vicious, and psychotic form of Islam under the leadership of ISIS that stretches from the banks of the Euphrates outside of Damascus to the banks of the Tigris outside of Baghdad,” Reed explained. “And they are driving tens of thousands of Christians out of Mosul, giving them the option of either to convert, live under subjection of radical Islam, or be murdered.”

The Faith & Freedom Coalition was recently in the news for its work to free Mariam Ibrahim from a Sudanese prison. Earlier this year, Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, but she was ultimately freed in an unprecedented decision.

“We have not seen this kind of rampage against people of faith, this kind of persecution in centuries in the Middle East,” Reed said. “It’s not anywhere else in the world. So what we’ve done we’ve launched – as we did on the Mariam Ibrahim case – we’ve launched a nationwide petition claim.”

“Our goal is to get over a million Americans to sign this petition to the White House, to the State Department, and to every member of the Senate of the House,” he continued, “demanding that religious freedom and protection of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities occupy the centerpiece of the conduct of our foreign policy.”

Ultimately, Reed believes the right leadership can once again make the United States the global leader and advocate for religious freedom. He hopes getting Americans to sign the Faith & Freedom Coalition petition will at least make the U.S. government aware of how the people fell.

“What it demonstrates, Glenn, is that leadership matters,” Reed concluded. “Nobody thought we would be able to get Mariam Ibrahim out of Sudan. That’s one of the most brutal and inhuman places on the planet… We need to take that kind of moral action right now for our other brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and who are in danger even as we speak this morning.”

You can sign the Demand Religious Action petition HERE.

  • landofaahs

    We can start by stopping all immigration to this country especially any muslims.

    • Yo Mamma

      Yeah why don’t you stand on the southern border and stop all the thousands of Muslims clamoring illegaly into the country.

      They have their clerics giving them maps and setting up drinking holes as well as calling their Muslim friends to house them illegally

      Ah, but those aren’t Muslims crossing, but Catholics

      Sorry, but I don’t see thousand of Catholics kids, men and women, just one or two old Muslims

      • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

        So you hate Muslims good to know.

        • Yo Mamma

          Love not hate connor

          Love not hate

          Muslims after all were quick to point out the problems with Christians and Jews

          Read it in the holy Kuran

          • Crassus

            I would read it in the Koran but I’m running low on toilet paper. Times are hard you know.

          • Yo Mamma

            Dude, you are painfully f’ing dumb. I do mean painfully.

          • Jeff Lambeau

            Religious texts in general are great for recreational use. Bible pages make incredible rolling paper for weed.

          • Yo Mamma

            Get a grip with reality, we don’t give a crap what God you pray too, as long as you don’t shove your religion down our throats

          • Jeff Lambeau

            It’s impossible for me to shove religion down anyone’s throat… I’m agnostic.

          • Yo Mamma

            As an agnostic you believe that a God may exist just there is no proof.

            Religion = Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.

            As an agnostic you fit well into the guidelines of having a religion

            Agnostic = Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe WITHOUT PROOF.

          • Jeff Lambeau

            That’s completely backwards. The fact that I have NO PROOF prevents me from shoving a belief in God down anyone’s throat, because I’m even not sure if he’s real or not. Agnostic does not ‘believe’ in God, he simply accepts what can be scientifically proven.

          • Yo Mamma

            Go with that – You can pound sand for all I care

    • Jeff Lambeau

      How would you be able to differentiate? Many immigrants from Eastern Europe are white as ghosts but follow Islam.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    A good friend of mine lives in Indonesia and they are persecuted by Muslims all the time in that country and the courts are stacked in the Muslim’s favor. At one point Muslims where through dung at Christians as they walked out of Church and their are many church burnings. The reason these Muslims get away with this because of corruption in their country and I can see the same thing happening here but instead of Muslims we will be persecuted by zealot atheism.

    • Jeff Lambeau

      Please, the last thing athiests and agnostics care about is forcing Christians to give up their religion. It’s only Christians who’ve made up this ridiculous “fear” in their own minds that athiests are ‘taking over the country’. Get a grip with reality, we don’t give a crap what God you pray too, as long as you don’t shove your religion down our throats and that you abide by the Constitution that you “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”

      • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

        Oh bull just ask Mao.

        • Jeff Lambeau

          Mao did not murder people in the name of Atheism… he murdered people simply because he wanted power and control over an entire nation. He killed in the name of Communism, which is a POLITICAL ideology, not a THEOLOGICAL one.

          Atheists don’t kill in the name of their beliefs, only religious people use their beliefs as an excuse to cause destruction and mass murder (i.e. Muslim extemism, The Crusades, Manifest Destiny, etc.)

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            He was still an atheist killing people.

  • nedbarnett

    I signed the petition, but then became immediately disillusioned. Instead of going to a “thank you” page or a page with more information about the war on faith, it went directly to a PayPal page where I was apparently expected to make a donation. This isn’t a cause, it’s a fund-raising gimmick, “stealing in the name of the Lord.” I wish Glenn had vetted Reed and his site before giving him so much free commercial time.

    I’m not really surprised by Reed, except that he was so blatant (I thought he was much more sophisticated); but I am surprised by Glenn, that he took Reed at face value without any due diligence to see that this is just a blatant fund-raising ploy, capitalizing on the suffering of millions of Christians to raise money.

  • John

    Why can’t everyone be allowed to believe what they want to believe and practice whatever religion they want. The constitution says that the people are allowed to practice whatever religion they choose without anyone bothering them. So much hate anymore. Practice whatever you want, its your choice. Its called freedom.

    • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

      The rest of the world doesn’t observe The U.S. Constitution.

      • Jeff Lambeau

        The U.S. Constitution isn’t the only document which allows practice of freedom of religion you know…

  • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

    Demand action from Obama…good luck with that.

  • James Mitchell

    Actually the statement that this is not happening anywhere else in the world is not true. There a lot of nations in Africa where Muslim persecution of Christians is rampant and atrocious, but nobody covers that .

  • Glenn Coughlin

    I believe it is horrible for any person to be chastised for their religious beliefs.
    That being said, I have to ask why we never see beck or one of his “experts” defend the much more violent and widespread persecution of Muslims?

  • Pocahontas

    So, let’s stop this war. On Faith or non-Faith. I don’t plan on paying somene else to do it. I can do it myself.