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'Their Blood Will Be on Our Hands' says Christian Defense Coalition

Washington, DC news conference and demonstration, Thursday, September 13


Contact: Christian Defense Coalition, 202-547-1735, 540-538-4741 cell


WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Defense Coalition warns Congress that a premature withdrawal of American troops in Iraq would lead to the persecution, torture and genocide of religious minorities in that country.


The group will share their concerns at a news conference and demonstration on the lower western terrace of the United States Capitol building.


The news conference will be on Thursday, September 13th, at 11:00 A.M.  (On the lower western terrace by the water fountain.)


The coalition will also have a public display of red stained gloves, laid out on the lower Capitol terrace, symbolizing the blood of thousands of religious minorities that will be on our hands if we do not protect religious liberty in Iraq.


The Christian Defense Coalition recently led a prayer delegation to Baghdad and met with Prime Minister al-Maliki with a special emphasis on religious liberty.

(See enclosed photos.)


While in Baghdad, the delegation met with Iraqi Christians leaders and were told by them if the Americans would withdraw early, it would lead to the extermination of Christians and Christianity in Iraq.


Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi and the members of Congress must be reminded that a premature withdrawal of American troops in Iraq would lead to the persecution and slaughter of those who practice non-Islamic religious traditions.  This would be especially true for hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians.


We cannot allow 2,000 years of Christianity to be brutally removed from Iraq along with other faith traditions.  Congress must lay out a clear plan and agenda detailing how they will protect religious freedom in Iraq and ensure all religious minorities do not face ethnic cleansing and genocide.  We do not want their blood on our hands."


For more information or interviews contact:

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 202.547.1735    Cell: 540.538.4741