Introduction of Archbishop Demetrios by Archon Commander Anthony J. Limberakis (December 5, 2017)



3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

The Persecution of Christians In The Holy Lands & Middle East Consequences and Solutions

The Metropolitan Club
1700 H Street
Washington, DC
(December 5, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm)

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Secretary Ross,

We thank you for your presence here this evening, for it affirms our government’s commitment to religious liberty and human rights for all people.

By way of a response, it is my pleasure to introduce someone who really needs no introduction – one of the world’s leading scholars on the New Testament, the author of many books and academic articles, the holder of two earned PhDs, our beloved Archbishop in America for some 18 years and who is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a bishop of our beloved Greek Orthodox Church.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise for the Exarch of the Ecumenical Throne, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America.

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  • While about 30 percent of the world’s population identifies as Christian, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination are directed at Christians. (Source: International Society for Human Rights)
  • Christians face persecution in more than 60 Countries (U.S. State Department)
  • Millions of Christians face interrogation, arrest, torture, and/or death because of their religious convictions and cultural/ethnic identification (Source: Open Doors USA)
  • Between 2007 and 2014, Christians have been targeted for harassment in more countries than any other religious group. (Pew Research)
  • Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism. (Under Caesar’s Sword)

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