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DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus

UPDATE: Feb. 14th, 2019

After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel "Second Coming"!

Read more: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/dc-comics-cancels-second-coming/


DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the “Second Coming” comic “reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again.” Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, “God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.

When asked how long his series will continue, Russell explained, “We’re slated for six issues but the goal would be to turn it into an ongoing if the reaction is positive.”

Let DC Comics know that the reaction is most assuredly not positive. If we can’t stop the initial release, hopefully we can ensure that there are no future releases. 

Please sign this petition if you agree that DC Comics should pull this blasphemous series. Your signature will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. 

Let's Get Asia Bibi Out of Pakistan

UPDATE: May 8th, 2019

We are able to confirm that Asia Bibi has successfully relocated to Canada where she will start a new life with her family. We praise God for this deliverance and thank our supporters and signers for their efforts to defend Asia.


Last week, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted in Pakistan after over eight years of court proceedings. She has been in prison since June 16, 2009, accused of the crime of breaking a Sharia-based blasphemy law. Her Muslim co-workers, who reproached her for being a Christian, brought the accusation after an argument over a drinking vessel.

Her family has been informed that, in recent months, her physical condition has gotten worst during her stay in Multan prison.

Since her incarceration, the MasLibres.org platform (belonging to the CitizenGO Group) has fought for her freedom, supporting her family and channeling the economic aid of thousands of citizens to defend this Christian mother.

However, although she has been acquitted, her problems are not over.

Her acquittal has provoked a wave of violence throughout Pakistan that has already left several dead. Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee the country in order not to be killed. The situation is more delicate than ever. 

We at CitizenGO wish to help take Asia Bibi and her family out of the country and give them a better life. However, they are now prohibited from leaving Pakistan, and her court case might be reviewed.

That is why we are asking the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to intercede as soon as possible so that this Christian woman and her family can leave, and that the necessary security measures will be taken to keep them alive.

We also ask United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to pressure Khan with all available diplomatic tools in order to achieve complete freedom for Asia Bibi and her family.

Venezuelans are dying. Sign now!

UPDATE


On Thursday, September 27th, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution for the protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, something that has never happened before. There were only seven votes against it!


This means that the UN now recognizes the flagrant violations of Venezuelans' most basic rights and it is urging Maduro's regime to "accept humanitarian assistance in order to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies."

This is precisely what we had requested and, with your invaluable help, we have achieved it!

Rubén Navarro, a representative of CitizenGO, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about our campaign.

We were also able to deliver more than 123,000 signatures from active citizens like you from around the world to the offices of Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and to Tedros Adhanom, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We were in contact with 16 member state representatives and we met formally with nine. The international community is really worried about the situation in Venezuela.

On August 20th we had convened a press conference with four exceptional witnesses of the situation suffered by the Venezuelan people: Patricia Carrera, president of LEAN Foundation and human rights activist; Carleth Morales, journalist; Carlos Moreno, brother of a murdered Green Helmet and Araminta González, who had been tortured for two years.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bCbYnRBXNU

The event had a great impact and we reached dozens of national and international media outlets. Venezuela made the news again after months of complicit silence from the media.

We are excited to have helped hundreds of Venezuelans thanks to your collaboration with the shipment of 4,790 kilos of medicine. Almost five tons! It is very inspiring to see all the grateful children, families, and all kinds of people.

You can watch a video overview of our efforts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6_ZSsHe3A

 


The Venezuelan people are dying due to a lack of medical treatment. This urgent petition asks the United Nations and the World Health Organization to create a humanitarian corridor to save the Venezuelan people.


The deadly Chávez regime has held power in Venezuela for 20 years. Now, the lethal regime has led to the total ruin of the country... a country with the largest reservoirs of oil on the planet!


All of this is thanks to Venezuela's nefarious administration, whose ideological basis is communism or 'the socialism of the 21st century'.


Who pays for the consequences for this disastrous regime? Not the leaders of the government, such as President Nicolás Maduro or well-known politician Diosdado Cabello, who have luxurious apartments in New York. And certainly not the daughter of Hugo Chávez, who has a fortune valued at 3.6 billion USD by Forbes.


Hugo Chávez's daughter has access to 3.6 billion dollars... and people in Venezuela are dying of hunger and suffering due to the lack of basic medical services! Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to get so much as a roll of toilet paper.


The situation is dangerous and unsustainable, but the international community has thus far remained idle. The humanitarian emergency in Venezuela is no longer making prime time news, and it has therefore fallen out of interest for international institutions.


Here are some important facts about the situation in Venezuela:

  • The average monthly salary in Venezuela is about 5,916,000 bolivares (Bs) or $34.30USD. Some of the medicines they need to import cost over $3,800USD.
  • In 88% of the hospitals, there are no drugs available. In 79%, there are no sanitary materials and water cuts are a constant occurrence.*
  • 30% of doctors with more than 30 years of experience, and 75% with ten years or less of experience, have left the country.*
  • 90% of treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or hemophilia are not available.
  • From January to May of this year, the price of drugs tripled from 1,000% to 3,000% of the cost before the crisis.**
  • Most importantly, 16,000 people are at risk of imminent death. The number increases every day.

With these facts in mind, we are asking the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intercede and immediately create a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supply of medicine and basic sanitary material.


This must be done to save the people of Venezuela. The suffering and mistreatment of the Venezuelan people should be considered crimes against humanity.


Write to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to make them aware of the extremely delicate situation in Venezuela. Ask them to immediately establish a humanitarian corridor for the entry of medicines and sanitary material to help the battered population.


*Data from Médicos por la Salud

**Data from Federación Farmacéutica Venezolana (Fefarven)

Turkey Must Release Pastor Andrew Brunson from Prison!

Turkey’s crackdown on Christianity has put an American clergyman in jail for over 500 days without due process.

Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American clergyman and missionary from North Carolina, has lived peacefully in Turkey for the last 23 years. During his time in Turkey, Pastor Brunson, alongside his wife Noreen, has served as the pastor of a small Protestant congregation, of around 40 members, at the Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey.

Pastor Brunson and his wife Noreen, raised their three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. In October 2016, when Pastor Brunson and Noreen were asked to go to the police station, they were under the impression it was to receive notification about the status of their permanent residency request. Instead, they were both locked into a prison cell, accused of collaborating in a conspiracy “against national security” and “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

Noreen Brunson was released two days later while Pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on April 16, 2018.  

A 62-page indictment was recently released against Pastor Brunson, claiming his involvement in "Christianization," which is being treated as an act of terrorism. Also, the indictment is full of false witnesses claiming Pastor Brunson misrepresented Christianity and spoke against the government. All which Pastor Brunson claims as untrue as he maintains his innocence.

Pastor Brunson is 50-years-old and, if convicted, these serious charges carry with them a 35-year sentence. Without pressure from President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State, this could be a life sentence for Pastor Brunson.

Furthermore, Pastor Brunson is not alone. Open Doors USA claims there are 187,000 Christians in Turkeys. Turkey is ranked 31st on their 2018 World Watch List. Christians face a “very high” level of persecution mainly stemming from “Islamic oppression.”

Open Doors USA claims, “Religious nationalism has grown to new heights. President Erdogan has strengthened his position, trying to transform Turkey from a secular state into a Sunni Muslim one. Leaving Islam for Christianity is considered a betrayal of the Turkish identity, Islam and the family. Christians have no access to state jobs and experience discrimination in private employment, especially where employers have ties to the government.”

Turkey as a member of NATO is claimed to be an ally of the United States. Yet, since a failed coup against the Turkish government by religious outsiders, Turkey has digressed in protecting the rights that the United States and our Constitution hold dearly as a pillar to all mankind.

Currently, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to organize or demonstrate are among an unprotected class in Turkey. However, in the United States of America, rightfully so, our government protects the rights of Turkish citizens to practice their faith and live peacefully among others.

Sign our petition to demand the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison. 


For more information: 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/05/andrew_brunson_the_american_pastor_caught_in_erdogan_s_crackdown.html

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/turkey/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/download/wwl2018_31-turkey-countrycard/?wpdmdl=19167

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/62-page-indictment-against-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-effectively-calls-sharing-the-gospel-an-act-of-terrorism

Help Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz in her legal fight to retain freedom of conscience for doctors in Norway

Last year, we learned about the story of a brave Polish doctor fighting for physicians in Norway to exercise their right to freedom of conscience, in their work. Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz has been fighting, for herself and for other doctors to have this fundamental right respected and vindicated by the state of Norway.

She is ready to take this fight to Norway’s highest court, and, even, to an international court, if necessary.

With this petition, let us express our solidarity with the doctor, who, on our behalf, is fighting this fight, alone. Let us, therefore, utterly object to any state trampling on the basic right of every doctor – to do as their conscience dictates.

Unfortunately, as predicted, the judgement of the Lower Court (i.e., the Court of First Instance), was not successful.

And, moreover, the Lower Court’s judgment includes this absurd quote: "The fact that a woman (patient) who is requesting an IUD is referred to another doctor (other than GP of that patient), due to the GP’s conscientious objection, represents, according to this Court, a form of discrimination due to her sex. According to this Court, it is sufficient to note, that, it follows from human (physical) nature, men will not be subject to the situation that they have to go to another doctor than their GP due to the doctors conscientious objection to this type of reproductive preventive medical treatment."

It is worth recalling this story:

Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz has been a doctor for 24 years, and worked as a family doctor at the Family Outpatient Clinic in Sauherad (Sauherad legesenter) for 4 years. During this period, there was no complaint about the doctor's work. From the beginning of her employment at the clinic, management knew that Dr Jachimowicz would not agree to prescribe or insert an IUD (intrauterine device, aka the “coil”) into a woman. It should be noted, here, that, in Norway, it is not only competent gynecologists who prescribe and insert IUDs, but also family physicians in general practice.

So, from the beginning of Dr Jachimowicz’s employment, this was not a problem for the clinic, as other doctors were willing to prescribe an IUD, even though the device could malfunction. It is worthwhile to add that an IUD is not only a contraceptive, but sometimes, if a child has been conceived, the device can also cause miscarriage.

In fact, an IUD can prevent the nesting of an embryo in the uterus, and this action can result in the death of the human embryo.

Thus, the contract between the clinic and Dr Jachimowicz contained a clause which stipulated that Dr Jachimowicz would not perform these procedures. And, the management agreed to this arrangement.

Between the years 2011-2014, there was an intense debate – and, opposition to - the right of family doctors in Norway to exercise their right to freedom of conscience in their practice.

Doctors who stood their ground were subjected to detailed investigation.

And then, on January 1, 2015, a new law was passed forbidding family doctors from refusing to perform any activity on the basis of their beliefs...except, however, when lacking the appropriate skills.

But, the January, 2015 monitoring letter instructed physicians to adapt to the new regulations. And so, the issue intensified at the beginning of 2015.

In Dr Jachimowicz’s case, a state-sanctioned review of her clinic was performed by a provincial doctor, and the report included a statement that the conscience clause could not be applied in relation to the prescription and insertion of an IUD. But, the report only stated that Dr Jachimowicz declared that she "would not insert an IUD," but did not include her conscientious objection.

Throughout the Telemark region, where Dr Jachimowicz’ clinic is located, four physicians opposed these practices and did not perform them.

All of these doctors were expected to leave work on their own initiative, and three of them decided to take this step. However, Dr Jachimowicz stayed at the clinic. As a result, the managing director of the outpatient clinic fired Dr Jachimowicz from work in December, 2015.

It should be added that, while Dr Jachimowicz is a Polish woman, she speaks Norwegian (her husband is also Polish) and works, using the same methods, as doctors from Norway. Her dismissal, therefore, was not a form of discrimination on the grounds of nationality, but only on the grounds of conscience.

It is hard to believe that in Norway, a country that speaks so much about tolerance and human rights, basic freedoms, like that of freedom of conscience, are not respected.

Dr Jachimowicz was kicked out of work only because she listened to her conscience and did not want to contribute to killing. The details of the dismissal leave no doubt that her dismissal is a violation of fundamental human rights and intolerance.

On October 31st, her trial starts before the Norway’s High Court (or, Court of Second Instance).

Let us hope that this Court finds that doctors, guided by their right to freedom of conscience, may not be discriminated against.

The number of signatures signifies the number of people in defense of Dr Jachimowicz on petitions about this matter at CitizenGO. The Norwegian Ministry of Health confirmed last year that it received 120,000 signatures on her behalf regarding this issue.

It is important that we send the Norwegian Ministry of Health even more signatures, and, thus, show that we do not agree on restricting the basic right of every doctor to work in harmony with his or her conscience.

We encourage everyone to sign this petition in defense of Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz. We petition the Norwegian Minister of Health to create such legal conditions that doctors can practice their profession in harmony with conscience.

Reject the OAS Proposal to Give Special Privileges to LGBTI

This month, LGBT activists and their proxy member states plan to use the Organization of American States (OAS) to give special privileges to certain citizens on account of their sexual preferences and other related factors.

Please sign our petition to your OAS delegates asking them to reject the resolution proposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, “Human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and intersex traits (CP/CAJP/INF.376/17).”

Please oppose special privileges only afforded to those in the LGBTI community.

This resolution is combined within the General Assembly's report on futhering human rights. It routinely uses the undefined terms “sexual orientations and gender identity,” “gender expression,” “intersex traits,” “homophobia,” and “transphobia.” These terms have no universally agreed upon legal or scientific definition. The United Nations does not recognize these terms. In addition, these terms are not recognized in any ratified international treaty.

This allows the international body to use the ambiguity of these terms to push any agenda without consequence, such as to increase international pressure among member states to legalize same-sex marriage and homosexual adoption; to outlaw therapy for those who wish it to cope with or overcome their unwanted same-sex attraction or gender nonconformity; and to censor religious teachings on homosexuality.

CitizenGO will participate in 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States to defend and promote life, family, democracy, and liberty throughout the western hemisphere. While doing so, we will actively fight this harmful resolution. 

We will take the petition with us to the General Assembly and distribute to delegates.

The entire resolution can be viewed here.

Discrimination and violence is wrong and should always be condemned and those responsible should be prosecuted. However, member states currently have the obligation to do so for LGBTI persons because they are human beings. This resolution recommends that LGBTI are separated as a special class of people. All human beings should be afforded the same equal human rights. 

Please understand that there is not consensus among member states to adopt this resolution. Right now, 8 member states have co-sponsored this resolution. 10 member states have expressed reservations against the resolution. We must reach those who currently have no opinion.

Our recommendation to member states is as follows: (1) request this resolution be removed from the report “The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights” and (2) vote against it as a standalone resolution. 

Please help us by signing our petition. LGBTI should not receive special privileges that others are not awarded. 

 

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DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus

UPDATE: Feb. 14th, 2019

After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel "Second Coming"!

Read more: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/dc-comics-cancels-second-coming/


DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the “Second Coming” comic “reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again.” Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, “God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.

When asked how long his series will continue, Russell explained, “We’re slated for six issues but the goal would be to turn it into an ongoing if the reaction is positive.”

Let DC Comics know that the reaction is most assuredly not positive. If we can’t stop the initial release, hopefully we can ensure that there are no future releases. 

Please sign this petition if you agree that DC Comics should pull this blasphemous series. Your signature will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. 

Let's Get Asia Bibi Out of Pakistan

UPDATE: May 8th, 2019

We are able to confirm that Asia Bibi has successfully relocated to Canada where she will start a new life with her family. We praise God for this deliverance and thank our supporters and signers for their efforts to defend Asia.


Last week, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted in Pakistan after over eight years of court proceedings. She has been in prison since June 16, 2009, accused of the crime of breaking a Sharia-based blasphemy law. Her Muslim co-workers, who reproached her for being a Christian, brought the accusation after an argument over a drinking vessel.

Her family has been informed that, in recent months, her physical condition has gotten worst during her stay in Multan prison.

Since her incarceration, the MasLibres.org platform (belonging to the CitizenGO Group) has fought for her freedom, supporting her family and channeling the economic aid of thousands of citizens to defend this Christian mother.

However, although she has been acquitted, her problems are not over.

Her acquittal has provoked a wave of violence throughout Pakistan that has already left several dead. Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee the country in order not to be killed. The situation is more delicate than ever. 

We at CitizenGO wish to help take Asia Bibi and her family out of the country and give them a better life. However, they are now prohibited from leaving Pakistan, and her court case might be reviewed.

That is why we are asking the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to intercede as soon as possible so that this Christian woman and her family can leave, and that the necessary security measures will be taken to keep them alive.

We also ask United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to pressure Khan with all available diplomatic tools in order to achieve complete freedom for Asia Bibi and her family.

Venezuelans are dying. Sign now!

UPDATE


On Thursday, September 27th, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution for the protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, something that has never happened before. There were only seven votes against it!


This means that the UN now recognizes the flagrant violations of Venezuelans' most basic rights and it is urging Maduro's regime to "accept humanitarian assistance in order to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies."

This is precisely what we had requested and, with your invaluable help, we have achieved it!

Rubén Navarro, a representative of CitizenGO, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about our campaign.

We were also able to deliver more than 123,000 signatures from active citizens like you from around the world to the offices of Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and to Tedros Adhanom, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We were in contact with 16 member state representatives and we met formally with nine. The international community is really worried about the situation in Venezuela.

On August 20th we had convened a press conference with four exceptional witnesses of the situation suffered by the Venezuelan people: Patricia Carrera, president of LEAN Foundation and human rights activist; Carleth Morales, journalist; Carlos Moreno, brother of a murdered Green Helmet and Araminta González, who had been tortured for two years.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bCbYnRBXNU

The event had a great impact and we reached dozens of national and international media outlets. Venezuela made the news again after months of complicit silence from the media.

We are excited to have helped hundreds of Venezuelans thanks to your collaboration with the shipment of 4,790 kilos of medicine. Almost five tons! It is very inspiring to see all the grateful children, families, and all kinds of people.

You can watch a video overview of our efforts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6_ZSsHe3A

 


The Venezuelan people are dying due to a lack of medical treatment. This urgent petition asks the United Nations and the World Health Organization to create a humanitarian corridor to save the Venezuelan people.


The deadly Chávez regime has held power in Venezuela for 20 years. Now, the lethal regime has led to the total ruin of the country... a country with the largest reservoirs of oil on the planet!


All of this is thanks to Venezuela's nefarious administration, whose ideological basis is communism or 'the socialism of the 21st century'.


Who pays for the consequences for this disastrous regime? Not the leaders of the government, such as President Nicolás Maduro or well-known politician Diosdado Cabello, who have luxurious apartments in New York. And certainly not the daughter of Hugo Chávez, who has a fortune valued at 3.6 billion USD by Forbes.


Hugo Chávez's daughter has access to 3.6 billion dollars... and people in Venezuela are dying of hunger and suffering due to the lack of basic medical services! Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to get so much as a roll of toilet paper.


The situation is dangerous and unsustainable, but the international community has thus far remained idle. The humanitarian emergency in Venezuela is no longer making prime time news, and it has therefore fallen out of interest for international institutions.


Here are some important facts about the situation in Venezuela:

  • The average monthly salary in Venezuela is about 5,916,000 bolivares (Bs) or $34.30USD. Some of the medicines they need to import cost over $3,800USD.
  • In 88% of the hospitals, there are no drugs available. In 79%, there are no sanitary materials and water cuts are a constant occurrence.*
  • 30% of doctors with more than 30 years of experience, and 75% with ten years or less of experience, have left the country.*
  • 90% of treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or hemophilia are not available.
  • From January to May of this year, the price of drugs tripled from 1,000% to 3,000% of the cost before the crisis.**
  • Most importantly, 16,000 people are at risk of imminent death. The number increases every day.

With these facts in mind, we are asking the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intercede and immediately create a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supply of medicine and basic sanitary material.


This must be done to save the people of Venezuela. The suffering and mistreatment of the Venezuelan people should be considered crimes against humanity.


Write to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to make them aware of the extremely delicate situation in Venezuela. Ask them to immediately establish a humanitarian corridor for the entry of medicines and sanitary material to help the battered population.


*Data from Médicos por la Salud

**Data from Federación Farmacéutica Venezolana (Fefarven)

Turkey Must Release Pastor Andrew Brunson from Prison!

Turkey’s crackdown on Christianity has put an American clergyman in jail for over 500 days without due process.

Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American clergyman and missionary from North Carolina, has lived peacefully in Turkey for the last 23 years. During his time in Turkey, Pastor Brunson, alongside his wife Noreen, has served as the pastor of a small Protestant congregation, of around 40 members, at the Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey.

Pastor Brunson and his wife Noreen, raised their three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. In October 2016, when Pastor Brunson and Noreen were asked to go to the police station, they were under the impression it was to receive notification about the status of their permanent residency request. Instead, they were both locked into a prison cell, accused of collaborating in a conspiracy “against national security” and “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

Noreen Brunson was released two days later while Pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on April 16, 2018.  

A 62-page indictment was recently released against Pastor Brunson, claiming his involvement in "Christianization," which is being treated as an act of terrorism. Also, the indictment is full of false witnesses claiming Pastor Brunson misrepresented Christianity and spoke against the government. All which Pastor Brunson claims as untrue as he maintains his innocence.

Pastor Brunson is 50-years-old and, if convicted, these serious charges carry with them a 35-year sentence. Without pressure from President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State, this could be a life sentence for Pastor Brunson.

Furthermore, Pastor Brunson is not alone. Open Doors USA claims there are 187,000 Christians in Turkeys. Turkey is ranked 31st on their 2018 World Watch List. Christians face a “very high” level of persecution mainly stemming from “Islamic oppression.”

Open Doors USA claims, “Religious nationalism has grown to new heights. President Erdogan has strengthened his position, trying to transform Turkey from a secular state into a Sunni Muslim one. Leaving Islam for Christianity is considered a betrayal of the Turkish identity, Islam and the family. Christians have no access to state jobs and experience discrimination in private employment, especially where employers have ties to the government.”

Turkey as a member of NATO is claimed to be an ally of the United States. Yet, since a failed coup against the Turkish government by religious outsiders, Turkey has digressed in protecting the rights that the United States and our Constitution hold dearly as a pillar to all mankind.

Currently, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to organize or demonstrate are among an unprotected class in Turkey. However, in the United States of America, rightfully so, our government protects the rights of Turkish citizens to practice their faith and live peacefully among others.

Sign our petition to demand the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison. 


For more information: 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/05/andrew_brunson_the_american_pastor_caught_in_erdogan_s_crackdown.html

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/turkey/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/download/wwl2018_31-turkey-countrycard/?wpdmdl=19167

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/62-page-indictment-against-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-effectively-calls-sharing-the-gospel-an-act-of-terrorism

Help Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz in her legal fight to retain freedom of conscience for doctors in Norway

Last year, we learned about the story of a brave Polish doctor fighting for physicians in Norway to exercise their right to freedom of conscience, in their work. Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz has been fighting, for herself and for other doctors to have this fundamental right respected and vindicated by the state of Norway.

She is ready to take this fight to Norway’s highest court, and, even, to an international court, if necessary.

With this petition, let us express our solidarity with the doctor, who, on our behalf, is fighting this fight, alone. Let us, therefore, utterly object to any state trampling on the basic right of every doctor – to do as their conscience dictates.

Unfortunately, as predicted, the judgement of the Lower Court (i.e., the Court of First Instance), was not successful.

And, moreover, the Lower Court’s judgment includes this absurd quote: "The fact that a woman (patient) who is requesting an IUD is referred to another doctor (other than GP of that patient), due to the GP’s conscientious objection, represents, according to this Court, a form of discrimination due to her sex. According to this Court, it is sufficient to note, that, it follows from human (physical) nature, men will not be subject to the situation that they have to go to another doctor than their GP due to the doctors conscientious objection to this type of reproductive preventive medical treatment."

It is worth recalling this story:

Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz has been a doctor for 24 years, and worked as a family doctor at the Family Outpatient Clinic in Sauherad (Sauherad legesenter) for 4 years. During this period, there was no complaint about the doctor's work. From the beginning of her employment at the clinic, management knew that Dr Jachimowicz would not agree to prescribe or insert an IUD (intrauterine device, aka the “coil”) into a woman. It should be noted, here, that, in Norway, it is not only competent gynecologists who prescribe and insert IUDs, but also family physicians in general practice.

So, from the beginning of Dr Jachimowicz’s employment, this was not a problem for the clinic, as other doctors were willing to prescribe an IUD, even though the device could malfunction. It is worthwhile to add that an IUD is not only a contraceptive, but sometimes, if a child has been conceived, the device can also cause miscarriage.

In fact, an IUD can prevent the nesting of an embryo in the uterus, and this action can result in the death of the human embryo.

Thus, the contract between the clinic and Dr Jachimowicz contained a clause which stipulated that Dr Jachimowicz would not perform these procedures. And, the management agreed to this arrangement.

Between the years 2011-2014, there was an intense debate – and, opposition to - the right of family doctors in Norway to exercise their right to freedom of conscience in their practice.

Doctors who stood their ground were subjected to detailed investigation.

And then, on January 1, 2015, a new law was passed forbidding family doctors from refusing to perform any activity on the basis of their beliefs...except, however, when lacking the appropriate skills.

But, the January, 2015 monitoring letter instructed physicians to adapt to the new regulations. And so, the issue intensified at the beginning of 2015.

In Dr Jachimowicz’s case, a state-sanctioned review of her clinic was performed by a provincial doctor, and the report included a statement that the conscience clause could not be applied in relation to the prescription and insertion of an IUD. But, the report only stated that Dr Jachimowicz declared that she "would not insert an IUD," but did not include her conscientious objection.

Throughout the Telemark region, where Dr Jachimowicz’ clinic is located, four physicians opposed these practices and did not perform them.

All of these doctors were expected to leave work on their own initiative, and three of them decided to take this step. However, Dr Jachimowicz stayed at the clinic. As a result, the managing director of the outpatient clinic fired Dr Jachimowicz from work in December, 2015.

It should be added that, while Dr Jachimowicz is a Polish woman, she speaks Norwegian (her husband is also Polish) and works, using the same methods, as doctors from Norway. Her dismissal, therefore, was not a form of discrimination on the grounds of nationality, but only on the grounds of conscience.

It is hard to believe that in Norway, a country that speaks so much about tolerance and human rights, basic freedoms, like that of freedom of conscience, are not respected.

Dr Jachimowicz was kicked out of work only because she listened to her conscience and did not want to contribute to killing. The details of the dismissal leave no doubt that her dismissal is a violation of fundamental human rights and intolerance.

On October 31st, her trial starts before the Norway’s High Court (or, Court of Second Instance).

Let us hope that this Court finds that doctors, guided by their right to freedom of conscience, may not be discriminated against.

The number of signatures signifies the number of people in defense of Dr Jachimowicz on petitions about this matter at CitizenGO. The Norwegian Ministry of Health confirmed last year that it received 120,000 signatures on her behalf regarding this issue.

It is important that we send the Norwegian Ministry of Health even more signatures, and, thus, show that we do not agree on restricting the basic right of every doctor to work in harmony with his or her conscience.

We encourage everyone to sign this petition in defense of Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz. We petition the Norwegian Minister of Health to create such legal conditions that doctors can practice their profession in harmony with conscience.

Reject the OAS Proposal to Give Special Privileges to LGBTI

This month, LGBT activists and their proxy member states plan to use the Organization of American States (OAS) to give special privileges to certain citizens on account of their sexual preferences and other related factors.

Please sign our petition to your OAS delegates asking them to reject the resolution proposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, “Human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and intersex traits (CP/CAJP/INF.376/17).”

Please oppose special privileges only afforded to those in the LGBTI community.

This resolution is combined within the General Assembly's report on futhering human rights. It routinely uses the undefined terms “sexual orientations and gender identity,” “gender expression,” “intersex traits,” “homophobia,” and “transphobia.” These terms have no universally agreed upon legal or scientific definition. The United Nations does not recognize these terms. In addition, these terms are not recognized in any ratified international treaty.

This allows the international body to use the ambiguity of these terms to push any agenda without consequence, such as to increase international pressure among member states to legalize same-sex marriage and homosexual adoption; to outlaw therapy for those who wish it to cope with or overcome their unwanted same-sex attraction or gender nonconformity; and to censor religious teachings on homosexuality.

CitizenGO will participate in 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States to defend and promote life, family, democracy, and liberty throughout the western hemisphere. While doing so, we will actively fight this harmful resolution. 

We will take the petition with us to the General Assembly and distribute to delegates.

The entire resolution can be viewed here.

Discrimination and violence is wrong and should always be condemned and those responsible should be prosecuted. However, member states currently have the obligation to do so for LGBTI persons because they are human beings. This resolution recommends that LGBTI are separated as a special class of people. All human beings should be afforded the same equal human rights. 

Please understand that there is not consensus among member states to adopt this resolution. Right now, 8 member states have co-sponsored this resolution. 10 member states have expressed reservations against the resolution. We must reach those who currently have no opinion.

Our recommendation to member states is as follows: (1) request this resolution be removed from the report “The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights” and (2) vote against it as a standalone resolution. 

Please help us by signing our petition. LGBTI should not receive special privileges that others are not awarded. 

 

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