Rev. Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK) is president of the National Clergy Council in Washington, DC, and is coordinator of an ongoing dialogue between American Evangelicals and Moroccan Muslims. He is a board member of the Evangelical Church Alliance and an advisor to the Institute on Religion and Public Policy. Mr. Schenck released this statement today regarding Iran’s passage of a law requiring Jews, Christians and other religious minorities to wear markings on their clothing identifying them as non-Muslims:
“This only proves that the worst in human history does repeat itself. The Bible says the heart of man is ‘desperately wicked: who can know it?’ The Iranian leadership proves the point. Christians must speak out loudly and immediately to denounce this atrocious action. We were silent too long during the 1930’s and millions were murdered as a result.
“Speaking for thousands of church leaders from all Christian traditions, I urge President Bush, Secretary Rice and Congress to take swift and severe action against Iran and enforce the most dire of consequences should the country enact this supremely inhuman decree.
“Furthermore, I urge all people of conscience in Iran and outside to resist this egregious violation of human rights and take whatever action necessary to rescue those in danger. We must open our hearts, homes and wallets to prepare now to save those who will suffer. May God have mercy and spare us the horror of 60 and 70 years ago.”
Mr. Schenck is speaking tonight, May 19, 7:00 PM at the large Gloucester County Community Church, 359 Chapel Heights Road, in Washington Township, New Jersey, 08080
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