Rep Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) On The Persecuted Church
July 23, 2012 Length: 9:23Orthodox Christian Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida has led efforts on Capital Hill to bring religious persecution to the fore of legislative attention. In this interview, Rep. Bilirakis talks about his personal mission to protect Christian minority groups in the Middle East, and what Orthodox Christians in North America can do to help. He discusses pressure on the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey, US Military Aid to Egypt, and other issues.
"Thanks for all the great work. I am part of a small but growing number of Orthodox Christians in the Republic of Ireland. I live in County Kerry in the southwest part of the country, and we have just started a small mission parish in Tralee. Nationally, we are up from 11,000 Orthodox "self identifiers" in the 2006 census to 49,000 in the 2012 census. I love all the programs you broadcast and use the podcasts on my mobile for my long drive to work and back. I do hope that you continue the good work. As we say here in Ireland, "God Bless the Work.""