Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has asked his followers to donate money to rescue Christians in Afghanistan. As of this writing, Beck says that people have responded by giving over $20 million.
“I’m BLOWN AWAY by what this audience has done to help rescue persecuted Christians in Afghanistan!” said Glenn Beck on Twitter. “OVER $20 MILLION raised in less than 3 days! THANK YOU!”
Glenn Beck: This Is Our Dunkirk
On Wednesday, Aug. 18, Glenn Beck posted a tweet, asking his followers to help “get persecuted Christians out of Afghanistan” by donating to The Nazarene Fund, an organization that he founded. The Nazarene Fund exists to “to liberate the captive, to free the enslaved, and to rescue, rebuild and restore the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious and ethnic minorities wherever and whenever they are in need.” Beck, it should be noted, holds to the Mormon faith, which differs from Christianity on several crucial doctrines relating to sin, Scripture, and the nature of Jesus. Beck is also a controversial figure who has at times promoted conspiracy theories.
Later the same day, Beck tweeted again, saying that within two hours his followers had already donated enough money to rescue 800 people. The Nazarene Fund’s website says that to rescue an entire family and provide six months of care can cost around $20,000 to $30,000.
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan last week, reports have surfaced of threats against Christians and other minorities in the country. “We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” said Rex Rogers, president of media ministry SAT-7. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.”
“This is our Dunkirk,” said Beck. “Each of us have to be willing to sail our own little ship into the storm of the battle to save those who have been stranded and left behind by our own government.”