New Campaign By Christians: Wear Orange to Church to Support Victims of ISIS
More and more Christians throughout America have joined the movement to wear orange to church in a show of solidarity with Christians murdered by ISIS.
The trend draws on the color orange to represent the jump suits worn by captives of the terrorist group, including some 20 Egyptian Copts beheaded last month in Libya. The campaign comes on the heels of remarks by Pope Francis calling attention to the modern-day persecution of Christians around the world. The Rev. Frank Karwacki, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, Pa., hoped to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians by encouraging members of his congregation to wear orange ribbons and dress in the color.
“We are all brothers and sisters in Christ,” Rev. Karwacki told FoxNews.com. “It’s so sad how they are being tortured—we need to get prayer power going.”
Karwacki said his church has long prayed for persecuted Christians, but he was spurred to action by the destruction and executions he saw from ISIS in the Middle East.
“They destroyed those ancient churches and killed so many of our Catholics there,” he said. “I’m hoping that other parishes and churches” join the orange campaign.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who leads the Church on the Hill in Washington, D.C., started the #orangejumpsuit project to encourage people to wear orange in an effort to raise awareness about Christian persecution.
He talked to Gregg Jarrett this morning about the effort, arguing that Christians in America cannot afford to be silent about what's going on.
Mahoney said he stood outside the White House recently wearing an orange jumpsuit bearing the name of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor jailed in Iran.
Mahoney highlighted how bad the persecution of Christians has become.
"Every five minutes, a Christian dies for their faith around the world. That's over 100,000," he said.
Mahoney said it's been "especially horrifying" for women, including some who have been sold into sex trafficking operations and subjected to forced marriages.
He said if people do not begin to speak up and pray together, "then the public expression of Christianity may be wiped out in the Middle East."
Watch the interview above.