Participants to peacefully risk arrest standing in solidarity with Pastor Saeed and the persecuted church and also pray for Christians around the world who are facing violence daily.
They will also have a news conference and prayer vigil.
The display will remind President Obama to stand for religious freedom and the persecuted church around the world and work for the release of Pastor Saeed.
The Christian Defense Coalition and Church on the Hill have already launched a Facebook campaign inviting Americans to leave an empty place on Thanksgiving to stand for and pray with Pastor Saeed and the persecuted church.
Hundreds of families across America are already participating.
Here is the Facebook event page for “Pastor Saeed Thanksgiving Place Setting.”
Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, has been in an Iranian prison for over two years because of his Christian faith. He is serving an 8 year sentence in one of the worst prisons in the world.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states, “While Americans enjoy the blessings of spending Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, it is important to remember that millions around the world are being brutalized, persecuted and attacked for their Christian faith. Thousands are in prison.
“Pastor Saeed will not be able to spend this special day with his wife and two young children but instead will be spending it in a cramped prison facing constant violence and persecution.
“We can never be silent when it comes to issues of human rights, justice and religious freedom. We must always be a loud prophetic voice in the public square calling for an end to the persecution and violence directed toward people because of their faith beliefs. Leaving a Thanksgiving place setting is a powerful way for Americans to stand in solidarity with the persecuted church around the world and teach their families about the important issues of human rights and religious freedom.
“We are asking that people post pictures on the Facebook Event Page so an album can be created for Pastor Saeed that he can view when he is released from prison.
“We will also be reminding President Obama that while he celebrates Thanksgiving with his wife and two children, Pastor Saeed will be spending Thanksgiving in a brutal Iranian prison separated from his wife and two precious children.
“Sadly, the President has not been a loud and active voice for the persecuted church around the world. This was clearly seen in the recent negotiations with Iran when the Obama Administration did not even raise the issue of Pastor Saeed or religious freedom.
“We pray and hope that while President Obama is thanking God for all the wonderful blessings of the past year, he would pause and reflect on the fact that his silence and lack of engagement on the issue of religious freedom has created untold hardship for millions of Christians across the globe.”
SOURCE: Christian Newswire
Rev. Patrick Mahoney