|CFC statement on violence in Venezuela...|
CFC statement ongoing violence in Venezuela
MIAMI, FL-Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), issued the following statement regarding the ongoing violence in Venezuela:
The alarming and ongoing violence in Venezuela is cause for concern throughout for ALL who value religious freedom and equal rights for Christians throughout the world. Venezuela faces many problems and uncertainties: a deterioration of the rule of law, dramatic increases of crime and poverty and now Christians face serious attacks, challenges to its ministries, and gross interference from the government.
In this context, it is even more important that Christians have the religious and social freedom to educate the young, provide social services to poor and vulnerable persons, and offer public guidance for a more just, peaceful and prosperous future.
The Venezuelan government is clearly seeking to weaken the voice and mission of Christians in the public square. Christians describe a hostile environment that Venezuelan Christians endure, including threats of prosecutions, harassment, electronic surveillance (most notably, phone tapping), and preventing Christians from participating in prison ministries.
These longstanding policies and actions of the Venezuelan government have placed a significant burden on the spiritual and financial condition of churches in Venezuela. In spite of such repression and mistreatment, churches continue its role of helping to shape a better Venezuela by speaking out in support of religious and human rights, fostering the development of a vibrant and independent civil society, and providing crucial social services to the most needy of Venezuela.
In light of this hate, bigotry, and intolerance against Christians, we commend the courageous students and other Venezuelans who are standing up in peaceful dissent and urge the citizens of our country to stand in support of those who are demanding democracy and exercising their universal human rights.
Together, let us call on the Venezuelan government to refrain from violence and release all detained protestors.
Our condolences go to the families of those killed as a result of this tragic violence.