SHOUT OUT: Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino will deliver the opening remarks outside the county courthouse in Hackensack this Thursday for a special ceremony honoring the 241 “peace-keeping heroes” killed by jihadists in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing on Oct. 23, 1983.
The 12:30 p.m. event, presented by a group known as the International Christian Union — and co-sponsored by the Legislative District 39 County Republican Committee, will be held at the Bergen County Veterans Memorial Monument.
“As our forefathers declared their honor, fortunes and allegiance to the creation of this great nation, it is in their memory that we salute all those who have given their last full measure of life and allegiance,” ICU Chairman/President Joseph A. Hakim said.
Founded in 2005, the non-profit 501(c)(3) union “promotes Christian solidarity to advance the causes of democracy, human rights, and religious freedom,” Hakim said.
Its Mission Statement/Objectives:
“To promote and develop a unified voice for all Christians, especially those in the Middle East. The ICU will also protect the rights of other persecuted minorities.We will work to promote their cause and give them a voice on the world stage. The ICU is the voice of all Christians who are oppressed and cannot express their views, defend themselves, their interests, or practice their faith feely.
“Establish close relations among constituents in countries where the ICU operates.
“Build, create and develop educational, cultural, economic, ecological, social and political platforms and programs for all Christian communities under the ICU umbrella.
“Help respective groups to promote, in their geographic areas, the spirit of acceptance, tolerance and democracy. Additionally, the ICU will nurture aspirations for peace and foster faith and charity. For this effort the cultivation of understanding and building mutual support processes between all the Christian communities is needed to create a sound and safe environment for those threatened groups.
“Work to provide and grant as many possible facilities and services to persecuted Christian and other minorities in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. This work is to be accomplished by utilizing all of the ICU’s available capabilities and resources.
“Other organizations that wish to incorporate or join with the ICU are welcomed. However, they must abide by the ICU bylaws and must be approved by the Supreme World Trust Board. Groups wishing to join the ICU may continue to operate independently or fully incorporate themselves into the ICU.”
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