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Rev. Father Fouad Saba, Dean of the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (Coral Gables, Florida) and speaker on the subject of religious freedom, presented ‘Promise, Law and Freedom – Living the Word of God’, at the First Annual National Christian Rights Freedom Symposium on March 14, 2015.
Organized and hosted by St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples Florida and the South Florida Archons, the conference focused on ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism’.
Highlights of Father Saba’s presentation:
Fr. Saba referenced Scriptural passages dealing with “oppressions” thoughout biblical history and he asserted that we must view the crime of oppressing religious freedom in those terms.
He noted the presence of oppression in modern history, including in our own country. He blamed political correcteness for society’s ever increasing trends demanding that Faith be moved away and hidden from the public square, thus inhibiting people from expressing their Faith in God lest others may be offended.
As a grandson of a Christian refugee, he passionately conveyed his sentiments about the plight of today’s refugees from Syria, to Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Kurdistan and to Egypt. He concluded by urging prayer and adherence to the logos of Jesus Christ as a means of conquering the ideology of those who oppress.
About Rev. Fr. Fouad Saba:
Rev. Fr. Fouad Saba is the Dean of the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (Coral Gables, FL). Fr. Saba is a graduate of North Park University (’03) where he completed his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. Born into a family of Palestinian refugees, and raised in Lebanon, Fr. Fouad is fluent in the Arabic language and intimately familiar with the region and its complex socio-political environment. He has a great admiration for the Middle East, with its history and people, and the region’s deep connection with Biblical Scripture. He was baptized and raised as an Orthodox Christian belonging to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero, IL.
7 Steps: How You Can Help in Defense of Persecuted Christians
The co-chairs of the Christian Rights and Freedom Ministry (Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, Archon Harry Demas and Richard Pappas) and Father Philemon Patitsas of St. Katherine Greek orthodox Church (Naples, FL) invite your questions and involvement. The following 7 steps can assist you in ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for Our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism.
1. Preserve Our Christian Identity
- Align our minds and hearts with God’s calling. See Christ in others.
- Glorify God daily; PRAY, fast & give alms.
- Identify empathetically with the plight of persecuted Christians of the world.
2. Organize Ourselves for Success
- Establish Christian Rights and Freedom ministries in communities throughout America. Do you belong to one?
- Organize local events & initiatives to educate, advocate, defend & counteract the antagonists of our faith.
3. Educate Ourselves and Others
- ’Know Ourselves’ – Study our history, faith & culture
- Develop clear policy positions so the public knows where we stand.
- Expose misinformation to the light of truth.
4. Dialogue with the Public
- Network with people concerned about the rise of Islamofascism.
- Boycott producers of products that may be underwriting radical extremism & terrorism, such as oil produced by certain member states.
- Advocate for energy self-sufficiency for America, and alternative energy sourcing options.
- Advocate withholding foreign aid and military assistance to countries that are not aligned with our national interests.
5. Stand Up for Ourselves
- Establish “Anti-Defamation Teams’ to call out Christophobes.
- Petition officials who have the ability to influence public policy.
- Advocate for economic sanctions; exercise our freedom of assembly.
6. Invest in the Cause
- Donate to organizations that help the oppressed and promote the preservation of Western culture and values.
- Fund infrastructure & activities that advance the cause of Christian Rights & Freedom
7. Purchase a ‘I Too Am a Nazarene’ pin
Purchase an ‘I Too Am a Nazarene’ pin to benefit persecuted Christians and refugees in the Middle East Conflict. The Arabic letter “N” has been painted by ISIS/ISIL to target the homes of Christians for expulsion and obliteration. The symbol “N” stands for ‘Nazarene’ signifying that its residents are followers of Jesus of Nazareth. Pins are on sale through the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox church’s website. Pins are one inch square, and sell for $5 each, plus shipping and handling, shipping is waived for orders over 50 pins.
All proceeds from pin sales will be directed to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Middle East Fund to aid these suffering people. IOCC has had a continual presence in that part of the world almost since its inception in 1992, and was chosen as the recipient because its effectiveness in providing relief to the suffering people of the Middle East.
All churches and concerned organizations are encouraged to participate. For further information please contact ChristianRelief7100@gmail.com.
About First Annual National Christian Rights & Freedom Symposium
On Saturday, March 14, 2015, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples Florida and the South Florida Archons hosted its first annual National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium – ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism.
The First Annual National Christian Rights & Freedom Symposium featured several prominent speakers including Dr. Anthony Limberakis, National Commander and Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Rev. Father Fouad Saba, Dean of the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (Coral Gables, FL), Father Philemon Patitsas, Presiding Priest of the St. Katherine Greek orthodox Church (Naples, FL), John Scurtis, Regional Commander and Archon, Harry Demas, Archon, and Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, Chairman of the Christian Rights and Freedom Ministry
To watch video highlights of the First Annual National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDiwtAs52o.
To learn more about the First Annual National Christian Rights & Freedom Symposium visit http://stkatherine.net.
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