Advocates International Advocacy Alert


An Advocates International Advocacy Briefing           

February 5, 2010


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Freedom Alert

   Three bulwarks of human freedom: our freedoms of expression, religion and association are under attack all of over the world. Read about what's happening and what AI is doing to help:

  • AI issues its press release and files its United States Supreme Court "friends of the court" brief  to "unmuzzle" Christian law students in CLS v. Martinez.
  • AI, along with ChinaAid and Jubiliee Campaign, issues its press statement urging China to end its unlawful detention of Gao Zhiseng
  • AI, along with its advocates in Pakistan,  continue to defend victims of crime and work to end religious discrimination against Christians and other minority faiths.
  • AI privately meets with Swedish official to try to resolve on-going legal proceedings and reunite a child "state-napped" from his homeschooling parents


Calling all Advocates

We are looking to identify, train, equip and mobilize advocates,like you, all over the world who are inspired by our core values and want to protect and defend religious freedom, the rule of law, the right to life, peace and reconcilation, human rights and justice for the poor.  You can join with us by going to our web site and signing on!  Thanks.





Let us not Be Muzzled or
Go Quiet into Some Dark Night !


Dear Advocate,                                                                                                         

What do the following people share in common?
·         Jesus and His disciples?
·         Martyrs for their faith down through the centuries?
·         Gao Zhiseng, China's most renowned human rights advocate?
·         Christian lawyersin Lahore, Pakistan?
·         A Dutch Parliamentarian
·         A Bulgarian Film Distributor
·         A   Swedish pastor seeking to preach the Gospel?
·         Home-schooling parents in Germany and Sweden?
·         Christian law students in the United States?
Being muzzled.
No one likes to be muzzled.  None of us like to be told to be quiet about what we believe most deeply and stop doing what our love of God and neighbor calls us to do.  Please read on to learn why Advocates exists and what we have done and are now doing around the world to unmuzzle all people to freely express and exercise their God-given liberties.
The Greatest Threat
There is no greater threat to any dictator - political, social, or theocratic - than the freedom of expression.  Speaking truth to power is always a threat to those who want a monopoly in the marketplace of ideas.  They understand the power of Jesus' statement, "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free."  Access to truth has brought down dictators throughout history.  It brought down the Berlin Wall in 1989.  It triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Read on to find out how this greatest threat has been and is being used by AI and others.
Finally, the sad truth is that many Christians are often self-muzzlers.  Some years ago we read an article by Dr. Warren Wiersbe, Pastor of the famous Moody Church in Chicago, that only 1 of 40 evangelicals had made a clear presentation of the Gospel to their next-door neighbor.  Nothing threatens our religious liberties faster than our failure to exercise them.  To find out how you may do your part in opposing the "muzzlers" here and around the globe, read further!
Let's proceed  as Advocates "unmuzzled" in His-Story,
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Samuel E. Ericsson  &  Samuel B. Casey
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