One of the most frequently-heard complaints from Christian groups overseas is that comfortable Western, especially American, Christians no longer have much interest in the fate of their coreligionists in other lands. Most Western Christians, it is held, think that the days of persecution and martyrdom have long since vanished into the recesses of history.

A number of U.S. Christians recently decided to do something about this image of indifference lamented by exiled Soviet novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn and others. They established in New York City in November a new lobby called “Freedom of Faith: A Christian Committee for Religious Rights.”

The group’s announced goals are the protection and promotion of religious freedom throughout the world and the dramatization of violations of religious freedom wherever found. The group plans to document and publicize specific cases of religious persecution. Then it hopes to mobilize public opposition to an offending country through letter writing and other methods.

Its acting executive director, lawyer Robert R. Andrews, Jr., said in an interview that Freedom of Faith will focus its attention on countries where effective action can be brought and where accurate information is available. (This would seem to preclude any involvement in such countries as Albania, a self-proclaimed atheist state that has eradicated in the last decade every public vestige of religious belief.)

Andrews, a Minnesota native, said that Freedom of Faith will be modeled to some extent after Amnesty International, the London-based human rights group that lobbies in behalf of so-called prisoners of conscience. Freedom of Faith eventually would be in a position to give testimony to Congress and serve as a clearing house ...

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