It’s well into Lent, but you don’t have to be Catholic–or even Christian–to recognize and do something about evil. No matter where you are in your spiritual life–or even if you don’t have one–I think we can all agree that the alleged “people” that comprise ISIS/ISIL are some seriously twisted, inhuman filth.
When they’re not busy selling women into sexual slavery or throwing gay people off rooftops, one of ISIS’ favorite things to do is terrorize Middle Eastern Christians, many of whom are already suffering a double-whammy thanks to the wars in Syria and Iraq. ISIS has killed thousands of Christians, and driven hundreds of thousands more from their homes. Again, whether you’re a believer or not, I think we can all agree that persecuting people for their religious beliefs is wrong.
And while ISIS (the closest thing we have to a real-world HYDRA) has been doing its best to exterminate Christians in the Middle East, regular folks like you and I haven’t been able to do much to undo the damage they’ve done. Until now.
The Knights of Columbus have created the Christian Refugee Relief Fund to provide humanitarian assistance to Christian refugees, and as of the end of January, had already donated over $5 million. The Knights are asking Americans to sign a petition to stop the genocide of Christians, and to donate $40–a dollar for each day of Lent–to provide food, water, medical supplies, clothing, and more to thousands.
100% of the funds donated goes to the effort, and I’ve already put my money where my mouth is and contributed. I hope you will, too. Whether you’re Catholic or not, Christian or not, American or not, I think we can all agree that it’s the least we can do for people suffering through no fault of their own.
Thanks for your consideration, and if you’d share this effort with others, that would be an even bigger help. #ChristiansAtRisk
Kenton Kilgore is forging a new direction in young adult science-fiction and fantasy. His latest work-in-progress is In Lonely Lands, a modern-fantasy/horror novel, to be published in fall 2016.
Kenton is the author of Dragontamer’s Daughters, based on Navajo culture and belief. He also wrote Lost Dogs, the story of a German Shepherd and a Beagle-mix who survive the end of the human world, only to find that their struggles have just begun. With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Place, a children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.
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