Please Pray For Persecuted Priest in Vietnam

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Just because Vietnam is not in the MSM doesn’t mean the Communist Party government there has become any less oppressive.
Yesterday, July 26, 2011, comes news that the government jackboots once again jailed a brave sick dissident priest, 66-year-old Fr. Thaddeus Nguyễn Văn Lý.

Fr. Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly


Police arrested Father Ly in the central diocese of Hue before an ambulance transported him to prison. Authorities claim he was returned to prison for distributing anti-government leaflets during his parole.
Ly is a Roman Catholic priest and prominent Vietnamese dissident who was imprisoned for a total of some 17 years – amid harsh conditions and often in solitary confinement – for calling on Vietnamese authorities to respect freedom of expression and other human rights. The publisher of the secret dissident journal To Do Ngon Luan (Freedom and Democracy), he co-founded the online pro-democracy movement Bloc 8406 and has helped to set up other banned political groups in Viet Nam. For his peaceful pro-democracy activities, Ly was sentenced on March 30, 2007, to eight years in prison for “conducting propaganda against the state” .
Father Ly had been serving his jail term in Ba Sao prison, near Ha Noi in northern Viet Nam, when he suffered a stroke in November 2009. He did not receive a proper diagnosis or adequate medical treatment and was only transferred to a prison hospital in Ha Noi some two weeks later. Despite being partially paralyzed, he was returned to his prison cell on 11 December 2009.
On 15 March 2010, he was granted a one-year “temporary suspension” of his sentence to seek medical treatment for a brain tumor. But his freedom was short-lived. On July 25, 2011, Ly was returned to prison.
For his ongoing imprisonment and continuous non-violent protest, Amnesty International has adopted Nguyen Van Ly in December 1983 as a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International is calling on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Father Ly. The organization’s Deputy Asia Pacific Directory Donna Guest said,
“Father Nguyen Van Ly is one of dozens of activists serving long jail terms for their peaceful criticism of the Vietnamese authorities. Father  Ly is in very poor health and should never have been arrested in the first place. He is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his peaceful pro-democracy work. The Vietnamese authorities must release him without delay, and in the meantime reveal his whereabouts and grant him immediate access to family members, his lawyer and adequate medical treatment. Peaceful dissent and the promotion of democracy are criminalized in Viet Nam, and these prisoners of conscience are being held in deplorable conditions.”
Please pray for this valiant martyr for Christ. Thank you.
~Eowyn

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  1. there is no way you can not admire this man. He is in my prayers,and don’t think I don’t know how close we are to this same situation.

     
  2. lowtechgrannie

    God bless and protect him! Since we pulled out of Vietnam and so many Vietnamese refugees came here in the late 1970s-early 1980s, we’ve forgotten the problems in that poor country and that so many good people are still living under that corrupt regime.

     
  3. I will pray for this priest constantly to the LORD JESUS CHRIST EMMANUEL, our GOD & SAVIOR. Thank you for posting this!!
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    URGENT UPDATE!!
    “UPDATE: BOEHNER PLAN VOTE COMING AFTER MARKETS CLOSE, CLOSE CALL EXPECTED”
    By Guy Benson
    7/28/2011
    From:
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2011/07/28/update_boehner_plan_vote_coming_after_markets_close,_close_call_expected
    Excerpt:
    “Since Nancy Pelosi says her caucus will tally a lock-step ‘no’ vote (a likely, but not assured scenario), Republicans’ margin for error is fairly narrow:
    It appears that the vote will be a nail-biter as a slew of Republican members are firmly opposed to the bill. If all Democrats vote no, Republican leaders will have to minimize defections to about two dozen members. Five centrist Democrats last week voted for the GOP’s “cut, cap and balance” plan, which the Senate quickly rejected. It is unclear whether most of those Democrats will vote for the Speaker’s plan. But one of them, Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), said Tuesday he will reject Boehner’s new bill.
    How much wiggle room does the GOP leadership team have? Not much at all, according to the latest whip count:
    House Republicans against/leaning no on Boehner plan (22)
    Todd Akin (Mo.) — Senate hopeful is a no
    Justin Amash (Mich.) — Not shy about breaking from GOP leaders
    Michele Bachmann (Minn.) — Against raising debt ceiling; voted against CCB*
    Paul Broun (Ga.) — Against raising debt ceiling; voted against CCB*
    Jason Chaffetz (Utah) — Possible Senate candidate is a no
    Jeff Duncan (S.C.) Told thestate.com, a South Caroline media outlet, that he is a no
    Jeff Flake (Ariz.) — Senate hopeful “can’t support the current bill”
    Phil Gingrey (Ga.) — A definite no
    Louie Gohmert (Texas) — Planning to vote no
    Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — Leaning no
    Trey Gowdy (S.C.) — Leaning no
    Tom Graves (Ga.) — Firm no
    Andy Harris (Md.) — Strong proponent of BBA**; Indicated to Baltimore Sun he is a no
    Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Firm no
    Jim Jordan (Ohio) — RSC chairman is strongly opposed
    Steve King (Iowa) — Firm no
    Connie Mack (Fla.) — Voted against CCB*; firm no
    Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) — A no vote
    Ron Paul (Texas) — Against raising debt ceiling; voted against CCB*
    Dennis Ross (Fla.) — Leaning no, according to National Journal Daily
    Steve Southerland (Fla.) — Lawmaker told AP he is a no
    Joe Walsh (Ill.) — Said on MSNBC he is a no
    Senate Democrats’ totally reasonable, non-ideological, “adult” reaction to all of this drama: Yawn. Sense of urgency? What sense of urgency? Sure, the economy could crash and our national credit rating could take a bruising hit for the first time in history — but there’s a Democratic president who needs to be re-elected. Priorities, people.
    UPDATE – The Hill confirms that today’s vote will occur in the evening, well after US markets close. Expect a vote after 5pm:
    A vote on Boehner’s plan has been scheduled between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., well after the U.S. stock market closes at 4. The decision means lawmakers won’t be casting their votes with plunging or rising markets as a backdrop. In the fall of 2008, the House rejected a financial bailout, and the Dow Jones Industrial lost hundreds of points.
    UPDATE II – A senior GOP House aide tells me leadership is “confident to quite confident” they’ll have the votes when push comes to shove tonight.
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    URGENT UPDATE!!
    Please Read This & Then PLEASE Pick Up Your Telephone & PLEASE CALL YOUR REPS NOW…VERY URGENT!! From: http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=24279
    “URGENT, DROP EVERYTHING AND BURN THE L INES OF YOUR REPS. URGE NO ON BOTH BOEHNER AND REID PLANS, THOSE ARE NOTHING BUT SCHEMES AND DO NOT PROVIDE ANY DEBT REDUCTION”
    July 28, 2011
    “A Message To All Members Of Tea Party Nation”
    “As we have reported on Tea Party Nation, Speaker Boehner’s new bill, which he wants to substitute for the already passed Cut, Cap and Balance, will cut almost nothing from the debt and will increase the debt ceiling. We can stop this, but we must act now.
    According to reports from Washington, no Democrats in the House will vote for this bill. Boehner needs 217 votes or put another way, if only 24 Republicans vote no, the bill is dead.
    According to the Hill, 22 Republicans are already saying they will vote no or are leaning that way. There are another 11 who are on the fence or are leaning yes. Here is a list of them. If any of them are your Representatives, call their offices immediately and tell them you want them to vote AGAINST the Boehner bill. The House has already passed Cut, Cap and Balance, while the Senate has done nothing. As Rush said yesterday, it is time for us to quit compromising with ourselves!
    Call as soon as you can. If you cannot reach the Washington office, call the local office!
    House Republicans against/leaning no on Boehner plan (22)
Todd Akin (Mo.) — Senate hopeful is a no
Justin Amash (Mich.) — Not shy about breaking from GOP leaders

    Michele Bachmann (Minn.) — Against raising debt ceiling; voted against CCB*

    Paul Broun (Ga.) — Against raising debt ceiling; voted against CCB*
    Jason Chaffetz (Utah) — Possible Senate candidate is a no

    Jeff Duncan (S.C.) Toldthestate.com, a South Caroline media outlet, that he is a no

    Jeff Flake (Ariz.) — Senate hopeful “can’t support the current bill”
Phil Gingrey (Ga.) — A definite no
    Louie Gohmert (Texas) — Planning to vote no

    Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — Leaning no

    Trey Gowdy (S.C.) — Leaning no

    Tom Graves (Ga.) — Firm no
    Andy Harris (Md.) — Strong proponent of BBA**; Indicated to Baltimore Sun he is a no

    Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Firm no

    Jim Jordan (Ohio) — RSC chairman is strongly opposed
    Steve King (Iowa) — Firm no
    Connie Mack (Fla.) — Voted against CCB*; firm no

    Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) — A no vote

    Ron Paul (Texas) — Against raising debt ceiling; voted against CCB*
Dennis Ross (Fla.) — Leaning no, according to National Journal Daily
Steve Southerland (Fla.) — Lawmaker told AP he is a no

    Joe Walsh (Ill.) — Said on MSNBC he is a no
 

    House Republicans leaning yes (11)

    Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)

    Sean Duffy (Wis.)
    Blake Farenthold (Texas)
    Bob Goodlatte (Va.) — Had been undecided

    Doug Lamborn (Colo.)
    Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.) — Went from undecided to leaning yes
 Mike Pence (Ind.) — Sounded like a yes vote in floor speech on Wednesday; gubernatorial candidate pressing for BBA**

    Tom Reed (N.Y.) 

    Bobby Schilling (Ill.)
    Austin Scott (Ga.)
    Rob Woodall (Ga.) — Went from undecided to leaning yes
    If you get word from your Congressman’s office how they will vote, please update us here, on Tea Party Nation.”
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    The Telephone Numbers, Email Addresses, Addresses & Fax Numbers For Our Reps & Senators Are Here:
    http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm
    URGENT!! – PLEASE PICK UP THE TELEPHONE & CALL ALL OF THE REPS THAT YOU CAN – NOW – IMMEDIATELY URGENT!!
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