The Simon Wiesenthal Center has conferred its prestigious Medal of Valor honor on evangelical author and religious-liberty champion Johnnie Moore.
Moore, author of “Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard,” received the medal in recognition of his work on behalf of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, as well as for rescuing thousands of ISIS refugees from war-torn regions.
The award was presented by Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization considered a leading global voice for human rights. It has over 400,000 members.
Moore has been called a “modern-day Dietrich Bonhoeffer” for raising over $25 million in humanitarian aid and emergency assistance for persecuted Christians from Iraq and Syria. The founder and president of The Kairos Company, he has been rumored to be on the short list for consideration to serve as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom.
Wednesday’s award ceremony was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Highlights included the award of a posthumous medal of Valor to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres.
Among the luminaries in attendance: Singer Barbra Streisand, who presented the group’s Humanitarian Award to NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer; best-selling author and pastor Dr. David Jeremiah; Museum of the Bible president Cary Summers; and National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson.
“I’ve just done what I could,” Moore said in his acceptance remarks, adding: “No one person can save the world, but we can all save a life. We can provide to the world that the best of faith is still stronger than the worst of religion — for every act of love on behalf of someone another hates is the death of bigotry.”
Moore’s latest book on the global persecution of Christians, “The Martyr’s Oath,” is expected to debut this fall.
Also honored at the event was the late Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, an American WWII POW who refused at gunpoint to reveal which U.S. servicemen in a Nazi prison camp were of Jewish heritage.
Ordered to single out Jews in the camp, Edmonds replied: “We are all Jews here.”