Most of us here in the UK and Ireland have the freedom to believe. We are free to read the Bible whenever we like or to go to church and worship with other Christians whenever we want to. And we can do all of this without thinking the police might break down our door, seize our Bible and haul us off to jail.
It’s easy to forget that millions still don’t have this right to believe.
This year the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, linking 57 countries with majority or significant Muslim populations, will once again introduce the Defamation of Religions Resolution in the United Nations.
It allows governments the power to determine which religious views can and can’t be expressed in their country, and it gives the state the right to punish those who express ‘unacceptable’ religious views as they see fit. So in effect, it makes persecution legal.
Incredibly, many countries have backed this resolution in the past, but some are now changing their minds.
This year the Resolution could be defeated, with your help.
Add your signature to Open Doors’ global petition here which we’ll deliver to the UN in early December. The same site enables you to then email your MP about the Resolution in one click.