About In Defense of Christians
In Defense of Christians (IDC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organization committed to the preservation and protection of Christians in the Middle East. Christians are pillars of Middle Eastern civilization. The people of these ancient communities, numbering in the millions, play an essential role in efforts to promote peace, encourage pluralism, and build bridges between East and West. They face many challenges, including discrimination, social and economic marginalization, religious persecution, violence, and genocide.
IDC’s goals are to unite the Middle East Christian Diaspora in its advocacy efforts, to make the general public more aware of the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and to advance policies that will help these communities to not merely survive but flourish. Their survival is vital to Middle Eastern stability, and their ability to flourish in their countries of origin is consistent with America’s interests and values.
Our Approach: Awareness, Advocacy, Unity
In Defense of Christians exists to preserve and protect Middle Eastern Christianity through awareness, advocacy, and unity. IDC’s awareness efforts are focused on heightening public consciousness of the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Advocacy is focused on educating policy makers, public officials, and others to ensure that the values of the American people are reflected in the foreign policy of their government – foremost among these, the protection of universal human rights. IDC promotes unity among diaspora Christian and other advocacy groups to work toward the common goal of protecting and preserving Christians and other vulnerable peoples in the Middle East and protecting human rights. IDC does not seek to protect the rights of Christians alone – but of all persons. We believe people of all faiths should be able to live together peacefully.
Civil and Political Rights
IDC does not support particular political parties or regimes in any nation nor align itself with specific political candidates or movements. IDC pursues policies that safeguard the full and free exercise of human and political rights for every individual and community, regardless of religion or ethnicity. IDC holds all political leaders and governments to universal standards of just and sound governance. These standards stem from the dignity, unity and equality of all people, are founded in the values of truth, freedom, and justice, and are guided by principles of the common good. These standards include but are not limited to:
1)The rights of individuals and communities to full and equal participation in the political life of a nation, without discrimination of ethnicity or creed;
2) The rights of individuals and communities to contribute to the cultural, economic, political, and social life of the community to which they belong, enjoying equally the conditions of social life and the benefits of civil society, without discrimination of ethnicity or creed;
3) The rights of communities, including minority communities of religious or ethnic identity, to maintain the bonds of public association and community property as manifestations of their communal identity, life, practices and heritage;
4) The responsibility of leaders to practice and uphold commutative, distributive and legal justice equally across all sectors of society, to foster genuine ethical-social solidarity as the bond of interdependence between individuals and peoples, and to be accountable to their citizens and communities for the use of authority placed at the service of the common good;
5) The opposition to the unjustified or excessive presence of the State in public affairs and the coercive use of police or military force upon one’s own citizens, eroding or eclipsing the basic political, civil and human rights of individuals and communities;
IDC categorically rejects all forms or practices of government, secular or theocratic, where the fundamental rights of individuals and communities to participate in public life are considered a threat to the State itself and denied in their origin or expression, as found in countries ruled by totalitarian or dictatorial regimes.
IDC believes in a future for the Middle East in which all members of society across every nation, regardless of ethnicity or religion, can live as contributing and integrated members of society, protected under the mantel of a robust exercise of political participation and well respected human and civil rights extended equally to all.