(EPConnection news release). The Evangelical Presbyterian Church has launched a “Forgotten American in Turkey” petition in an effort to bring Andrew Brunson’s imprisonment in Turkey to the attention of the White House and President Trump. Brunson is an EPC teaching elder who was arrested in October 2016 and falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” in December. He has languished in prison for more than four months with no evidence against him.
The petition is available at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/forgotten-american-turkey and must reach 100,000 signatures by March 6 in order to be considered for response by White House officials.
The White House also can be contacted directly at www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page.
The hashtag #ForgottenAmericanInTurkey has been registered for this effort to make Trump aware of Brunson’s unjust imprisonment.
In addition, the Senate House Foreign Relations Committee is circulating an open letter requesting Andrew’s immediate release and is addressed to Turkish President Recep Erdoğan. This letter is signed by leadership of both parties. The EPC is urging all American citizens to contact their representatives in Washington and request that they co-sign this letter before it is sent to Turkey on Friday, February 10.
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A Family Nightmare as NC Pastor Held in Turkish Prison
Please release Rev. Andrew Brunson who has done only good for the people of Turkey and never harmed anyone in his entire life!
During these “days of rage” in the PCUSA about anything connected to the White House do you think for one second the Stated Clerk, Co-Moderators, or any other organ of the PCUSA lifts a finger or says one peep about this situation of selected Islamic terror directed to a Christian pastor? No, simply because there is nothing in it for them. There is nothing to be gained by it for them. The story simply has no value to the ideological, partisan, DNC base of the PCUSA. Hence no reason for any denominational official to extend themselves in this matter. Another example of moral and intellectual cowardliness of those in leadership positions.
In my own presbytery recently a presbytery sponsored organization self-titled itself a “House of Resistance” with calls sent out to rally to their cause. As expected some may indeed rally with their signs filled with the typical obscenities and urging political violence. Will Rev. Brunson have a sign in his behalf? I tend to doubt it.