April 25, 2006

WASHINGTON, April 25 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Wenyi Wang is facing up to six months in federal prison for protesting at a White House news conference with President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

At the White House event, Dr. Wenyi Wang shouted, "President Bush, stop him (President Hu) from persecuting Falun Gong" and, "President Bush, stop him from killing."

News Conference Details---

When: Wednesday, April 26th, at 11:00 A.M.

Where: Georgetown University. The news conference will be held, outside, in the area of the university called Red Square during a three day conference on religious freedom and tolerance at Georgetown.

Who: Christian Defense and the National Clergy Council

Why: The Christian Defense and the National Clergy Council will issue their call for the charges against Wenyi Wang to be dropped

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "We are extremely disappointed that the Bush Administration is bringing charges against Dr. Wenyi Wang that may result in her spending six months in federal prison. Her crime? Shouting out for President Bush to help stop the killing and religious persecution of Falun Gong. We believe these federal charges are sending a horrible message to the worldwide community concerning America's commitment to protecting religious freedom and liberties.

"[...]Our message is clear; President Bush, support religious freedom and the First Amendment, and drop all charges against Dr. Wang."

Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council, states, "With all due respect to President Bush, this incident demands leniency. This is an extraordinary case. Wenyi Wang was persecuted by one of the last totalitarian communist regimes left on Earth. [...] Hu Jintao embodies one of the worst, most abusive and morally bankrupt regimes in the history of the human race. Wenyi Wang had proper press credentials to be where she was. Her only crime was to interrupt Chinese President Hu Jintao, the chief of this illegitimate, murderous, repressive and repugnant government.

"The Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant church leaders of the National Clergy Council appeal to President Bush and federal prosecutors to drop these charges. The President should reinforce the inalienable God-given rights of Wenyi Wang, not accommodate the harsh ego of a cruel dictator."