From the Family Research Council.
“In a crisis that seems to have gone almost unnoticed by the American press, members of the Afghaniraided a bus of South Korean Christians on July 19, taking 23 mission workers hostage. The latest reports are grim. According to leaders, a second captive was killed last Wednesday, Bae Hyung Kyu, a minister who turned 42 on the same day as his murder and who leaves behind a young family. If the Afghani government refuses to respond, the radicals threaten to execute other missionaries, who are said to be in poor health since their capture. This crisis underlines the point that U.S. policy must support securing religious freedom for everyone. For example, ancient Christian communities are suffering dreadfully in from Islamic extremists. It may be time for the U.S.–and the international community–to insist on the establishment of a safe harbor zone in for these communities. At the same time, while the South Koreans held hostage in face circumstances and fear unfathomable to most of us, please join FRC in praying for their peace, comfort, safety, and, most importantly, swift release. “