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BOSTON, Sept. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This week, the United States is hosting two of the most prominent leaders in the world. Pope Francis made his first appearance in America on Tuesday, kicking off his week-long visit that would include a joint address to the Congress, a speech at the United Nations, a trip to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, as well as several religious services along the way. Soon after the Pope departed from Washington, D.C. to New York City on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the nation's capital, where he met with President Obama in a private dinner to discuss what most people believe to be some of the more sensitive topics affecting US-China relations right now.
"I encourage you, then, to confront the challenging issues of our time" -- Pope Francis offered these words of advice, in his mild and gentle voice, to a congregation of U.S. bishops in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Wednesday. At All Girls Allowed -- In Jesus' Name, Simply Love Her -- we believe that one of the "challenging issues of our time" is a loss in the value of life and human dignity. It happens every second and in every corner of the world: when a baby is brutally removed from a mother's womb against her will, when an infant girl is ruthlessly killed simply because she is not a boy, when children are cruelly abused and assaulted, and when women are looked down upon by society or even sold as commodities. The culture of death and oppression has permeated into the very minds and hearts of many people, causing them to disregard the precious and glorious image God has instilled in us. Sadly, a lot of the political and religious leaders of the present era are reluctant to take a stand against this culture in their spheres of influence. Pope Francis, through both his words and deeds, has reminded us of the Lord's good intention for mankind, and of the fact that any positive change in this world must begin with a willingness to honor God's creation and to boldly proclaim the Truth.
"The innocent victim of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow, the elderly or the sick who are considered a burden, the victims of terrorism, wars, violence and drug trafficking, the environment devastated by man's predatory relationship with nature - at stake in all of this is the gift of God, of which we are noble stewards but not masters. It is wrong, then, to look the other way or to remain silent." -- Pope Francis
In our work in China over the past five years, All Girls Allowed has witnessed how the culture of death and oppression can tear apart marriages, families, and communities. Therefore, in light of President Xi's visit to the U.S., we urge him to take concrete steps to end gendercide back in his country. The One-Child Policy has been instituted for 35 years now. By the Chinese government's own admission, it has prevented 400 million births -- that is, 400 million babies have been remorselessly killed -- as exemplified by the suffering of Feng Jianmei and her child. The end of this month is yet another sad anniversary of the vicious One-Child Policy, which, despite having been relaxed in recent years so that some couples are allowed to have two children, continues to bring about atrocities such as infant abandonment, child trafficking, and bride trafficking. As President Xi meets with President Obama this week to discuss issues such as cybersecurity and territorial rights, and as he speaks at the UN Women conference this weekend on gender equality, he must know that the reality of gendercide in China simply cannot be overlooked, and that it is high time that the Chinese government put a stop to the trampling of life, value, and dignity of mothers and daughters within its borders.
Chai Ling, Founder of All Girls Allowed -- In Jesus' Name, Simply Love Her -- says, "May this trip mark the time when President Xi Jinping takes courage to declare the end of the One-Child Policy and to replace it with an All Children Allowed Policy or All Girls Allowed Policy, in honor of God, of men, and of our shared country China!"
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