Philos Takes Action

The Philos Project is releasing a letter to the U.S. administration calling for the condemnation of Turkey and Azerbaijan’s actions against the people of Armenia, the suspension of military sales to both countries, and an increase of humanitarian relief to the affected areas of Armenia and Artsakh. The Philos Project is against the unjust annexation of land from indigenous Christians, and is one of the only U.S. organizations to actively advocate for this marginalized group of people. We invite you to pledge your support for the Armenian people by signing this letter.

Pledge your support for the Armenian people by adding your name to our letter

An Open Letter to the Administration

Turkey – a NATO ally – has been sowing havoc in the Eastern Mediterranean and broader Near East, harming the interests of America and the region. We believe the time has come to act.

Having recorded a dramatic backslide in democracy in the past few years, Turkey has adopted an increasingly aggressive, anti-American foreign policy. From violating Greek airspace and maritime boundaries to aiding ISIS terrorists in Syria; from intervening in Libya to calling for a boycott of fellow NATO-member France; from harboring Hamas leaders in its territory to claiming that “Jerusalem is our [Turkish] city,” there is abundant evidence that Turkey is systematically, and perhaps intentionally, seeking to destabilize the entire region.

The latest victims in this gambit are the ethnic Armenians, members of the world’s first Christian nation, who are currently under Azerbaijani attack, with the full backing of Turkey and Turkish-sponsored jihadi fighters transported from Syria and Libya.

Turkey and Azerbaijan, with a combined population of 100 million, are working with terrorist mercenaries to target Armenia, population 3 million, and much-smaller Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), in a continuation of a century-long attempt to destroy a blockaded, landlocked, and partitioned state filled with descendants of genocide survivors.

What is worse, they are using American-made fighter jets and U.S. taxpayer dollars to further their genocidal policies. Azerbaijan is even using cluster bombs to attack residential areas – a war crime documented by Amnesty International. Among the many targets of Azeri shelling was the Holy Savior Cathedral in Shushi, Artsakh.

We ask the U.S. Administration and Congress to:

1) forcefully condemn Turkey and its proxy Azerbaijan for their aggression against Armenia and Artsakh, including against their civilians and churches, drawing upon all available punitive measures, including targeted sanctions and arms embargoes;

2) suspend military sales to Turkey and Azerbaijan until the aggression ceases, and Azerbaijan withdraws from territories occupied in recent months;

3) send direct or indirect humanitarian assistance to afflicted areas of Armenia and Artsakh; and

4) initiate diplomatic efforts to resolve the disputed status of Artsakh in a way that safeguards the civil and collective rights of Armenians living there.

The world ignored Turkey’s genocide of Armenians and other Christians a century ago. It would be a tragic mistake to ignore it again.

Join these voices who have already signed the letter

  • Robert Nicholson, President, The Philos Project

  • Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Former Congressman, Senator, and Presidential Candidate

  • Frank Wolf, Member of Congress 1981-2014 (Retired)

  • Sohrab Ahmari, Editor, New York Post

  • Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

  • Toufic Baaklini, President and Chairman of the Board, In Defense of Christians

  • Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

  • Rod Dreher, Writer & Journalist

  • Mark Tooley, President, Institute on Religion and Democracy

  • Gordon Robertson, President, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.

  • John Eibner, Ph.D., President, Christian Solidarity International

  • Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, Ph.D., President, Union University

  • Jeff King, President of International Christian Concern

  • William G Boykin, LTG (R) US Army

  • Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

  • Alberto Fernandez, Vice President, Middle East Media Research Institute

  • John Grano, Senior Managing Editor, The Christian Post

  • Aram Hamparian, Executive Director, Armenian National Committee of America

  • Habib Charles Malik, Associate Professor of History (Retired), Lebanese American University

  • James Chen, Vice President for Global Operations, Institute for Global Engagement

  • Dr. James Dimitriou, President, American Hellenic Council

  • David Neff, Editor-in-Chief (Retired), Christianity Today

  • Jeff Meyers, Ph.D., President, Summit Ministries

  • Professor William Inboden, Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair, Clements Center for National Security, Distinguished Scholar, Strauss Center for International Security and Law

  • Bishop Gregory John Mansour, Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn

  • Dru Johnson, Professor, The King’s College

  • Corey Miller, PhD., President and CEO, Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance

  • Greg Schaller, President, John Jay Institute

  • Kevin James Bywater, Director & Resident Scholar, Oxford Study Centre

  • Jordan J. Ballor, Dr. theol., Ph.D., First Liberty Institute and Senior Research Fellow and Director of Publishing, Acton Institute

  • John Meyer, Executive Director, Napa Institute

  • Samuel Gregg, Ph.D., Research Director, Acton Institute

  • George Demacopoulos, Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies, Fordham University

  • Carlos Campo, President of Ashland University and Seminary

  • Carmen LaBerge, Common Ground Christian Network

  • Franck Salameh, Professor, Boston College

  • Diego von Stauffenberg, Director of Development and Public Affairs for International Organization of the Family and Founding Member of Drexel Group LLC

  • Lela Gilbert, Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom, Family Research Council

  • Kim McManus, Global Pastor, Mosaic

  • Dale M. Coulter, Pentecostal Theological Seminary

  • Elyse Anderson, Human Rights Advocate

  • Daryl Charles, Ph.D. Affiliated Scholar, Acton Institute

  • Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

  • Mark Movsesian, Co-Director, Center for Law and Religion, St. John's University

Press Release

 

New York, New York — The Philos Project has authored and released a coalition letter signed by more than 40 prominent Christian leaders that calls on the U.S. administration and Congress to condemn and cease military sales to Turkey and Azerbaijan for their aggression against the Armenian people of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh. The letter also calls for the provision of humanitarian assistance to afflicted areas and the initiation of diplomatic efforts to resolve the tensions between Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Artsakh. The Armenian Christians of Artsakh are under attack by Azerbaijan with the active support of Turkey and Turkish-sponsored jihadi fighters from Syria.

Armenians, members of the first nation to convert to Christianity, have lived in Anatolia for more than two thousand years, and have faced ongoing threats from neighboring nations for centuries. The Ottoman Empire conducted a genocide of 1.5 million Armenians and other Christians between 1894 and 1924, and the Ottoman successor state, the Republic of Turkey, remains a stalwart opponent of Armenian independence and self-determination until today. Currently, Armenians are confined to two small, landlocked territories: the Republic of Armenia and the much smaller breakaway Republic of Artsakh, which still goes unrecognized by the international community.

The Philos Project opposes any policy or action that would further oppress, restrict, or disenfranchise this indigenous people in its ancient homeland. Robert Nicholson, author of the letter and president of The Philos Project, stated: “The world ignored Turkey’s genocide of Armenians and other Christians a century ago. It would be a tragic mistake to ignore it again.”

The Philos Project is a dynamic leadership community that is dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Near East, which includes advocating for the rights of Christians and other marginalized minorities throughout the region. With the release of this letter, Philos is one of the few US organizations to publicly condemn the actions of Turkey and Azerbaijan and express solidarity with the Armenian people.

Philos is committed to providing the public with fact-based education and advocacy on pressing issues of liberty and justice in the Near East.

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Josefa Gonzalez

Communications Director, The Philos Project

[email protected]

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