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The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute is a Christian, private donor supported educational and advocacy organization bearing witness to God’s love on the current moral and ethical challenges of our day, especially on religious liberty, the UN’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights, on persecution, and on genocide.

We envision a world where all people are respected as being created in the, “image” and “likeness” of God. (Genesis 1:26-27)

The Institute was founded in 2014 in response to the invasion of Mosul, Iraq as a means of opposing and stopping the ensuing genocide. It sponsors an annual speaker series, culminating each year with the National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium.

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Program Schedule

Upcoming Events For: Nov 2017
    Upcoming Events For: Dec 2017
    • How can American Christians Effectively Raise their Voice and Exercise their Strength to Address the Moral and Ethical Challenges of our Time?

      Francis Rooney is the US Congressman for Florida District 19 (FL-19).  He is a successful businessman who brings decades of private sector experience to Washington, D.C. He and his family started Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified, international group of companies based in Naples, Florida. Since 1984 RHI has created jobs and economic opportunities in Southwest Florida and throughout the United States, and one of the company’s subsidiaries is Manhattan Construction Company, a diversified construction group founded in 1896. Notable Southwest Florida projects include Fort Myers’ downtown streetscape, the Lee County Jail and a number of improvements on Florida Gulf Coast University’s campus, including Biscayne Hall, Alico Arena, Holmes Hall, Academic Building 7 and the solar power plant. Significant projects around the United States include the Presidential Libraries for both George H. W. Bush in College Station and George W. Bush in Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the U.S. Capitol Visitors’ Center, the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research and the International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta. In addition to his business career, Rooney and his family have a longstanding tradition of public and community service. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to The Holy See from 2005 to 2008 and has also served on numerous public and private boards, including Naples Community Hospital, the Florida Gulf Coast Univ

      • Congressman Francis Rooney
      • 14 December, 2017
      • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • Congressman Francis Rooney
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
    Upcoming Events For: Jan 2018
    • What can Missionaries Teach us about Reaching the Unchurched?

      Fr. Paul Patitsas and Presvytera Katerina are serving as a long-term missionariwa to the Orthodox Church of New Zealand, Fiji and the South Pacific, together with his wife, Presvytera Katerina, and their three children, Nicholia, Raphaela, and Georgios. Read more at New Sheepland Blogspot.

      • Fr. Paul and Katerina Patitsas
      • 16 January, 2018
      • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      • Fr. Paul and Katerina Patitsas
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
    • 4th National Symposium Christianity and Islam: Two Visions of Humanity

      We are pleased to announce that Robert Spencer will be our keynote speaker for the 4th National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium on Jan. 22nd. Robert Spencer, the Director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, was the feature speaker at the Archons' (The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle) most recent national retreat that was held in Southampton, NY. He is the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Coming in 2017 is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command, amongst many other organizations. Robert is a baptized Greek Orthodox Christian and a faithful member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

      • 2018, Robert Spencer
      • 22 January, 2018
      • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • 2018, Robert Spencer
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
    Upcoming Events For: Feb 2018
    • Orthodox Faith in Action

      Fr. Philemon is the Presiding Priest of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Naples, FL).

      • Rev. Fr. Philemon Patitsas
      • 9 February, 2018
      • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      • Rev. Fr. Philemon Patitsas
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
    • Dhimmitude: The Scourge of Christian Subjugation Under Islam

      Dr. Jim Skedros is the Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

      • Dr. James Skedros
      • 27 February, 2018
      • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • Dr. James Skedros
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
    Upcoming Events For: Mar 2018
    • The New Testament Foundations of Liberty

      Bishop Gregory of Nyssa is the Primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a BA degree in Biology (1981) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte earning a MS degree in Biology (1989). Working for more than 20 years in the field of Cardiovascular Research at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, he authored/co-authored over one hundred articles, abstracts, and book chapters. A true son of the Church, from his early youth Bishop Gregory served in his home parish of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC in various capacities including altar server, Sunday School teacher for 13 years and in several leadership positions including Parish Council President. He was also a founding member of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC where he served on the Parish Organizing Committee, as Sunday School teacher for four years, as a member of the choir and as its first Parish Council President. After taking part in a mission trip to Alaska sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, Bishop Gregory felt the calling to pursue his life-long dream of studying for the Holy Priesthood. Leaving his secular job in early 2003, he entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookine, MA in the Fall of 2003 and graduated in May of 2006 with the Masters of Divinity degree.

      • Bishop Gregory of Nyssa
      • 13 March, 2018
      • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • Bishop Gregory of Nyssa
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
    • The History of Christian Genocide under Islam

      Raymond Ibrahim is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist. He is the Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His books include Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings, translations, and observations have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, CNN, LA Times, Fox News, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, New York Times Syndicate, United Press International, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Weekly Standard; scholarly journals, including the Almanac of Islamism, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hoover Institution’s Strategika, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, and Middle East Review of International Affairs; and popular websites, such as American Thinker, the Blaze, Bloomberg, Breitbart, Christian Post, Daily Caller, FrontPage Magazine, Gatestone Institute, the Inquisitr, Jihad Watch, NewsMax, National Review Online, PJ Media, the UK’s Commentator, WND, and World Magazine. He has contributed chapters to several anthologies and been translated into dozens of languages. Ibrahim guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dom

      • Raymond Ibrahim
      • 27 March, 2018
      • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      • Raymond Ibrahim
      • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church



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