Global Freedom Center Launch
and Inaugural Virtual Event
The Coronavirus Impact on Millions Persecuted for Their Faith and Beliefs
Monday, May 4, 2020 | 6:30-7:45PM CT
FREE TO ATTEND
During this unprecedented time, we pray that you and the rest of the 21Wilberforce community are healthy and safe. We see how the coronavirus has affected our communities, church gatherings and more. As we stand with you and our communities, we also stay true to our mission. We’ve accomplished a lot in the past, and we are determined, with your support, to continue to educate, protect and advocate for international religious freedom.
Today, the threat is greater than ever as the virus pandemic is being used by governments and hate groups to justify and institutionalize this repression. There is a vast number of ‘invisible’ people suffering for their religious identity, their faith, and or acts of conscience. Now is the time to come together and support each other in any way, whether it’s a voice or act of generosity. We hope you will join us for this powerful event as we host conversations with survivor activists, thought leaders, and champions for freedom of faith and belief.
The Coronavirus has not slowed religious persecution, but neither has it destroyed the faith of many who are infected and remain persecuted. We invite you to join us online to engage on this issue as we launch the 21Wilberforce Global Freedom Center and inaugurate a series of virtual events to raise awareness and strengthen the voices of those persecuted.
FEATURED DISCUSSION PANELISTS
By Aaron Mercer | Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Published: Apr 14, 2020
“Last month the coronavirus pandemic became a stark reality for Americans… We are not alone. Governments around the world are seeking to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus by placing dramatic restrictions on travel and assembly. Religious groups are not exempt.”
By Susan Crabtree | RealClear Politics
Published: 27 April 2020
“…in the People’s Republic of China, where the coronavirus originated, citizens live in abject fear over voicing the mildest of criticism about their government’s response to the outbreak and aftermath, including government actions designed to place ethnic and religious minorities in harm’s way…”
by Benjamin Breeg | Baptist Press
Published: April 14, 2020
“COVID-19 has infected millions of people, and the number dramatically increases each day. Some have projected the total number of those affected worldwide will be in the tens of millions, with fatalities reaching more than 1 million…”