June 16, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 22 /Standard Newswire/ — FREE FOR LIFE MINISTRIES, INC. of Nashville Tennessee is pleased to sponsor Suman Sapkota, Program Coordinator of Peace Rehabilitation Center, during his stay in the United States. The Sapkota family runs a safe house for victims of human sexual trafficking in Kathmandu, Nepal. They have been rescuing and restoring young victims since 1988. They can house up to 100 girls, and have extensive programs in place aimed to combat trafficking of victims from Nepal into India.
Free For Life Ministries, Inc. is a faith based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps raise funds to support safe houses around the world that have a proven track record in the fight against global human sexual trafficking. According to Colette Bercu, founder of Free For Life Ministries, Inc. the Peace Rehabilitation Center receives its highest recommendation for their commitments in this area. “This family has devoted the past 20 years of their life to rescue and restore these victims, and I consider the Sapkota family to be true heroes in every sense of the word” says Bercu.
Mr. Sapkota will be in the U.S. until July 2, 2007 and is available for speaking engagements on radio, television, print media, and at various churches and civic organizations. He has a compelling story to tell about the sexual trafficking of young girls in Nepal, the battle with HIV in these individuals, and the programs that the Peace Rehabilitation Center has developed to deal with the issues specific to human sexual trafficking in this part of the world.
Interested parties can contact Free For Life Ministries at 615-969-9052.
June 16, 2007
NEW YORK June 15 /Standard Newswire/ — According to today’s New York Sun, Harvard professor Jessica Stern told a New York audience yesterday that criticism of Muslim clerics for not condemning Muslim violence was unwarranted. “I’ve heard a lot of bashing of Muslim clerics for not stepping up to the plate and condemning extremist violence,” she said. “But Catholic priests are not stepping up to condemn those who kill abortion doctors…[and] rabbis are not condemning the violent settlers’ movement.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:
“Forced moral equivalency is immoral, and that is exactly what Jessica Stern is promoting. The silence of Muslim clerics in the face of Muslim violence is well- known. But when it comes to killing abortionists, the Catholic clergy have an impeccable record. It should be noted, too, that as the New York Sun pointed out today, rabbis everywhere condemned Yigal Amir’s 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin-the very incident that Stern cited as an example of Jewish silence.
“To begin with, there has not been a single abortionist killed in the U.S. since 1998. When there were killings in the mid-1990s, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, chairman of the Pro-Life Activities of the bishops’ conference, said that such shootings make ‘a mockery of everything we stand for.’ When there were two killings at Massachusetts abortion clinics, Cardinal Bernard Law not only denounced them, he ordered a moratorium on sidewalk protest vigils outside abortion clinics in Boston. Cardinal John O’Connor’s response in New York was profound: ‘If anyone has an urge to kill an abortionist, kill me instead.’
“Just this week, a report of Muslim violence against Iraqi Christians was released. The study, Incipient Genocide, describes in detail ‘the deaths of Christian children–including babies– laypeople, priests and nuns who were burned, beaten or blown up in car bombs throughout the past few years.’ Moreover, Christian girls are being raped and having nitric acid thrown in their faces for not wearing veils. And the Muslim silence is deafening.”
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