Washington, DC- In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East, is announcing the following speakers for its 2020 Digital Summit on September 23, 2020 at 7:00-8:30 pm (ET):

  • His Eminence Cardinal Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Maronite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch

  • His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York

  • Senator Chris Van Hollen (Maryland)

  • Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma)

  • Representative Ken Buck (CO-4)

  • Representative Dan Crenshaw (TX-2)

  • Nadine Maenza, Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

  • Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

These speakers are joining an already-distinguished group of leaders, including:

  • His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

  • His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church

  • His Eminence Bishop Mansour, Eparch of the Maronite Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn

  • Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)

  • Representative Dan Lipinski (IL-3)

  • Representative Joe Wilson (SC-2)

  • Representative Frank Wolf, Former U.S. Representative from Virginia

  • Gayle Manchin, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

  • Rev. Johnnie Moore, Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

  • Rev. Mae Cannon, Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace

  • Rev. Dan C. Cummins, Founder of Capitol Worship

  • Ambassador Alberto Fernandez (ret.), Former American Diplomat

  • Aram S. Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America

  • Robert Nicholson, President and Executive Director of the Philos Project

“Persecuted Christians across the world need the support of the U.S.,” said IDC President Toufic Baaklini. “We are proud to have a diverse coalition of partners who, despite their differences, are able to come together and speak with a unified voice that religious freedom is a non-negotiable right and that global Christian persecution must end,” he added.


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