Scientology attacks Sen. Rand Paul For Standing In Way Of Bill To Aid Christians Displaced by ISIS

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    Scientology attacks Senator Rand Paul For Allegedly Standing In Way Of Bill To Aid Christians Displaced by ISIS.

    Please note the below linked webpage for the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRF Roundtable) is hosted by The Mitchell Firm. The Mitchell Firm lobbies on behalf of the Church of Scientology. Greg Mitchell, the Founder of the Mitchell Firm, is a member of the Church of Scientology. Per the IRF Roundtable webpage, "The IRF Roundtable is an informal group of individuals from non-governmental organizations who gather regularly to discuss IRF issues on a non-attribution basis."

    Also note that, "the May 1st meeting of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable [was] chaired by Ambassador Sam Brownback." Sam Brownback the United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

    This is another example of the Church of Scientology playing the long game, and building a relationship and alliance with the religious right.

    Christian Post: Rand Paul Standing in Way of Bill to Aid Christians Displaced by ISIS

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/...l-to-aid-christians-displaced-by-isis-224750/

    By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter | Jun 8, 2018 7:24 AM

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    Former presidential candidate and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is being pressured by multiple religious freedom groups to lift a hold he placed on a bill that proponents say would benefit Christians and Yazidis who faced genocide at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    This week, Paul's office has received letters from the International Religious Freedom Roundtable[1] — a politically diverse coalition of human rights advocacy organizations and activists — the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus and the county chairmen of the Kentucky Republican Party.

    The letters all have the same basic message and call on the senator to lift the hold he placed on H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, earlier this year. A Senate hold is a procedure that allows a Senator to try to block a measure from reaching the floor for a vote but can be undone through a cloture motion.

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    Signatories of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable letter to Paul include groups like the Jubilee Campaign USA, the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, International Christian Concern, the Center for Pluralism, the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office and In Defense of Christians Action.

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    It appears the criticism of Sen. Rand Paul may not be justified. An article on the Religious Freedom Coalition website explains:

    Why the sudden rush for passage of HR-390?

    https://www.religiousfreedomcoalition.org/2018/05/18/why-the-sudden-rush-for-passage-of-hr-390/

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    May 18th, 2018 | By Mandy Marlowe | Category: News Posts
    by William J. Murray, Chairman

    I recently received a group letter asking me to attack Senator Rand Paul: It seems that suddenly Senator Paul had come under attack as the “bad guy” who was blocking HR-390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017 which the Religious Freedom Coalition has been working to pass. That accusation is simply not true!

    Senator Paul supports HR-390 as written by Congressman Chris Smith and passed unanimously by the House. But — the language in the bill was completely changed by Senator Corker to do little more than set up a “study group” to determine the “strategic interests” of the United States and how to “counter” Russia.

    The original House bill as written would have given aid to persecuted Christians who have been the victims of genocide by Sunni Muslim jihadists. Senators never got the opportunity to vote on that bill.

    Under the language added by Senator Corker, Syrian Christians fighting with their government against the same Sunni Muslim jihadists who attacked them would be labeled “war criminals.” Christians in Syria who received aid from the government of Russia or the Russian Orthodox Church would not meet the vetting process to enter the United States or to receive American aid. That would include just about every Christian remaining in Syria.

    The bill was on hold by the Senate Leadership until the last week of April, when it was suddenly put on a “fast track” as an election tool to get Christians to vote Republican this fall. But it simply was not the same bill that passed the House last year and Senator Rand Paul was right to put a hold on it until Senator Corker’s language is removed. Senator Paul wants a bill that helps Christians — not one that could endanger them.

    The United States now occupies 35% of Syria and has over 20 military bases. Senator Paul believes this bill would allow even more military action in Syria, which he is against.

    The group letter to Senator Paul was the subject at the May 1st meeting of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable chaired by Ambassador Sam Brownback. Groups had been convinced to attack Senator Paul by being told that HR-390 had passed the House unanimously. The old bill was … but no Senate vote has been held on the old version. I made sure a representative was there from Senator Paul’s office. Both the Senator’s representative at the meeting and I presented reasons why the bill’s original language.


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