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FFC Calls For Congress & Incoming Administration To Act In Solidarity With Israel Paris “Peace Conference” & United Nations Attempting To Undermine Israel’s Sovereignty

Duluth, GA – Representatives from over 70 countries met in Paris on Sunday for a conference to discuss Middle East peace. The conference, which was hosted by French President François Holland and attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, issued a closing statement, which was welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, “to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and to “take urgent steps in order to reverse the current negative trends on the ground, including continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement activity, and to start meaningful direct negotiations.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the conference and its conclusions as “ a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances.” British diplomats, who attended as observers, concluded the conference by saying, “We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement.”

“This latest attempt by anti-Israel bureaucrats across the globe to pressure the only U.S. ally in the Middle East to abandon its sovereignty and security through this so-called “peace conference” and the recent actions of the United Nations Security Council are an affront to the people of Israel searching for a peaceful resolution, and are a continuation of a failed U.S. foreign policy that enables the enemies of freedom,” said Tim Head, executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

The U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 2334 on December 23, 2016, criticizing Israel for allowing its people to live in Judea and Samaria, with tacit approval from the Obama administration as the United States abstained from the vote.

Last week, Senator Marco Rubio introduced S.Res. 6 along with 69 bipartisan co-sponsors, declaring the U.S. Congress’ objection to Resolution 2334 and to all efforts that undermine direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The U.S. House of Representatives joined in an overwhelming show of bipartisanship by passing House Resolution 11 objecting to the Security Council vote.

Further, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the “Safeguard Israel Act of 2017″ which would end all U.S. contributions to the United Nations until the Security Council completely and resolutely repeals Resolution 2334.

“People of faith across the country, in solidarity with our friends and allies in Israel, call for a repeal of Resolution 2334 and for Congress and the incoming Trump administration to end U.S. funding of the U.N. until the resolution is repealed,” said Head. “Thanks to Senators Rubio, Cruz and Graham and the U.S. House of Representatives for recognizing the urgency of this problem and their leadership in crafting legislation that shows the world our solidarity with the Israeli people. We all look forward to the end of this week as U.S. policy will finally recognize Israel’s rights under international law and provide real leadership toward lasting peace in the region.”

To speak with a representative of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, contact Lance Lemmonds at [email protected]

 

FFC Executive Director Tim Head Statement On Secretary of State John Kerry’s Middle East Speech

Duluth, GA – Faith & Freedom Coalition Executive Director Tim Head issued the following statement in response to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking today on the Middle East and America’s greatest ally in the region, Israel.

“Once again Secretary Kerry and President Obama displayed their dangerous view of Israel’s right to defend itself and this administrations feckless policy in the Middle East. This administration continues to cater to the enemies of freedom in the region, such as Iran, while also weakening our own standing and that of our ally Israel. The time is quickly approaching for a change in U.S foreign policy that will result in the United States showing the world its solidarity with the Israeli people.”

To speak with a representative of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, contact Lance Lemmonds at [email protected]

FFC Chairman Ralph Reed Statement On Today’s U.N. Resolution Condeming Israel

Duluth, GA – Below is a statement from Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed on today’s United Nations Resolution condemning Israel.

“The resolution passed by the U.N. Security Council criticizing Israel for allowing its people to live in Judea and Samaria violates Israel’s sovereignty and rights under international law. The U.S. abstention that allowed this resolution to pass marks a low point in the annals of American diplomacy, demonstrating the abject moral confusion of the Obama administration in its continuing policy of criticizing our friends and coddling our enemies.  As a consequence of this outrage, we call on Congress and President-elect Trump to reduce U.S. funding for the United Nations.”

To speak with a representative of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, contact Lance Lemmonds at [email protected].

Statement On Nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

Washington, DC – Below is a statement from Timothy Head, Executive Director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, on President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Attorney General Pruitt is a man of deep and abiding faith who believes firmly in the rule of law and protecting Gods creation and we strongly support his nomination to lead the EPA and commend President-Elect Trump for this selection. Attorney General Pruitt has a distinguished record in Oklahoma helping conserve natural resources, including protecting clean air and clean water. He understands the importance of the EPA in protecting our environment while also resisting federal overreach. The Bible teaches us to be good stewards of the earth from the beginning as Genesis 2:15 says, “the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” and as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will do just that.”

To speak with a representative of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, contact Lance Lemmonds at [email protected]

Rep. Tom Price Nominated as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Timothy Head, Executive Director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, released the following statement today on President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Rep. Tom Price of Georgia as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Rep. Price is a longtime ally of people of faith, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon, Georgia State Senator, and an outstanding representative who ran for Congress because of his frustration with the government’s increasing interference in the doctor/patient relationship. As the architect of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, he is the perfect man for a critical job and will be an outstanding Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As chairman of the House Budget Committee and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Price has devoted his efforts in Congress to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order and has served as a leader on health care policy in the U.S. House. Faith & Freedom looks forward to supporting his nomination and encourages a swift confirmation process in the U.S. Senate. As Secretary of Health and Human Services, he will lead the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare and its unconstitutional mandate that requires faith based organizations to provide abortion drugs to their employees in violation of their religious liberty rights.”

Statement on the Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the U.S.

Timothy Head, Executive Director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement today nominating Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Attorney General of the United States.

“There is no one in the country more qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Justice than Senator Sessions, as he has a distinguished record in the U.S. Senate as a member of the Judiciary Committee, as former Attorney General of the State of Alabama and former U.S. Attorney. American citizens will be safer, the Constitution will be better protected, and law enforcement will have a champion leading the Department of Justice. We look forward to working alongside President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Attorney General Sessions, Congressional leadership and the entire new cabinet to make our country a better place and ensure that the concerns of people of faith are upheld at the highest level of our government.”

FFC Chair Ralph Reed Discusses Evangelical Role in 2016 Election on Fox News

Faith & Freedom Coalition founder and Chairman Ralph Reed recently talked with Fox News about President Elect Trump’s support from evangelical voters.

“Unlike a lot of previous nominees who sort of backed away and kept those voters and their issues at arm’s length during the general election, he embraced them and pulled them close and he was richly rewarded.”  Click here to view the entire article.

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Statement On Re-Election of Speaker Ryan

Washington, DC – Below is a statement from Timothy Head, Executive Director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, on today’s re-election of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

“The choice by House Republicans to unanimously deliver another term to Rep. Paul Ryan as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is an important decision for the future of our country and a decision for which conservatives of all stripes should be excited. Speaker Ryan is a man of faith who has served this nation admirably, with a strong record of supporting pro-life, pro-family, pro-economic growth, and fiscal responsibility, Speaker Ryan serves as a beacon for social and fiscal conservatives alike across the nation. Citizens of faith look forward to working alongside President-Elect Trump, Vice-President Elect Pence, Leader McConnell, and Speaker Ryan as they lead our country in a new direction, where the principles of strong families, strong national defense, protecting the dignity of life and marriage, lower taxes, and fiscal responsibility, become public policy.

Statement On President-Elect Trump’s White House Staff Announcement

Duluth, GA – Below is a statement from Timothy Head, Executive Director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, on the announcement that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will serve President-Elect Donald Trump as White House Chief of Staff and that campaign chairman Steve Bannon will serve as Senior Advisor.

“President-Elect Trump has shown great wisdom and acumen, first in his selection of Governor Pence, an experienced and accomplished public servant, as his running mate, and now his selections of Reince Preibus as Chief of Staff and Steve Bannon as Senior Advisor. These selections show a practical, results oriented approach to governing and a continued commitment to valuing the millions of Americans who have felt left out or forgotten by Washington that will carry over when the new administration takes over in January. The Faith & Freedom Coalition looks forward to working alongside President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Chief of Staff Priebus, and the entire administration to advance the time-honored values of stronger families and individual freedom.