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.
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