DALLAS — Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes, issues the following statement after the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson by Turkey Friday:
“Pastor Andrew Brunson is finally free! Turkey’s bogus charges against Brunson were unfair and tried to paint a faithful servant of Christ as a political bogeyman. In response, My Faith Votes months ago called for Christians to boycott Turkish goods and avoid tourist travel to the country. Turkey wasn’t safe for Pastor Brunson, but the risks he took for the sake of the gospel reveal a valiant faithfulness to Christ. Today, we celebrate his release and thank the Trump administration for bringing economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on Turkey. The price of maintaining its sham court case against Brunson was simply too high. We also thank the Trump administration for prioritizing religious freedom. No person of any faith should ever be exploited as a political pawn and President Trump’s fearless support of Pastor Brunson exemplifies his commitment to defending this ideal.”
My Faith Votes is a nonpartisan movement focused on motivating Christians in America to participate in local and domestic elections. By partnering with local churches, pastors and national faith leaders, My Faith Votes mobilizes and resources Christians to lead the conversation on the place of faith in culture and politics. Gov. Mike Huckabee serves as the organization’s honorary national chairman.