Mat Staver has received a Medal of Honor from the Congress of Peru. He also received honorary medals from the College of Lawyers, Peru’s national bar association for attorneys, and from Peru’s only national academic accrediting body. Staver also met with the Israel Ambassador to Peru.
Congress of Peru Medal of Honor
Mat Staver spoke in the Senate room in the Congress of Peru to an overflow crowd. The room was packed with dignitaries, and many more waited in the hallways. Members of Congress, military Generals, Navy Seals, members of the Judiciary, lawyers, high-ranking members of academia, law students, young people, and more filled the room. The message was broadcast nationally on Peruvian TV.
“I spoke about two worldviews – one with God and one without God, and I compared the French with the American Revolution. That there is a Creator God who gives us dignity and rights makes a difference in our laws and policies. I spoke about God’s higher law and discussed abortion, marriage, and religious freedom,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“In America we have strayed from God’s higher law. America kills its children, and some are deconstructing marriage. Religious freedom is now under attack, even in the military. By contrast, the Peruvian Constitution affirms the sanctity of human life from conception, marriage as one man and one woman, and is pro-religious freedom,” said Staver.
“It is clear that the Judeo-Christian values that were present at the founding of America remain in Peru. I urged the Peruvians to stand fast,” Staver said. Staver’s message was greeted by applause and warm support and he was bestowed a Medal of Honor from the Congress of Peru.
College of Lawyers
Staver met also with the head of Peru’s College of Lawyers, which is Peru’s national bar association to which all lawyers must belong to practice law. After a private meeting, he was led to another room of legal dignitaries where he was presented with another award from the Order of Peruvian Lawyers (Orden de Abogacia Peruana), along with an honorary medal to the College of Lawyers (Colegio de Abogados).
National Assembly of Rectories
Staver then met with the head of the National Assembly of Rectories, which accredits all colleges and universities in Peru. After a private meeting with the head of the accrediting body, Staver was led into a room filled with Chancellors and academic leaders from Peruvian colleges and universities. The head of the accrediting body spoke of Staver’s message delivered the prior day in Congress. Staver was then given a medal from the National Assembly of Rectories and was presented a gift of glass Ilamas. The head of the National Assembly of Rectories left the meeting to meet with the President of Peru.
Palace of Justice
Staver also met with the head of the judiciary for all of Peru, including the Supreme Court. The head of the judiciary set aside time in his schedule for the meeting, having come from an official signing ceremony with the head of the Mexico Supreme Court and the head of the Inter-American Court. Following the meeting, the head of the judiciary rejoined his foreign dignitaries for lunch.
“Not every Peruvian is Christian, but the people share a common belief in God and Judeo-Christian values. Peruvians are concerned about America, and particularly the Obama administration. Obama is using our tax dollars and the State Department to promote abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage in Latin American countries, including Peru. The Peruvian leaders were very familiar with our work, and the warm reception was indicative of their appreciation. The Peruvians are concerned by the anti-God, anti-moral imperialism of the Obama administration. I am committed to help them and more than ever committed to defend our Judeo-Christian values in America,” said Staver.
70,000 Christians Assemble in Soccer Stadium
On the last evening of the two days of meetings, Staver and a Member of the Peruvian Congress attended the XXIII Annual Pentecostal Convention, held in an outdoor soccer stadium where 70,000 Christians were assembled. Staver met with the head of the denomination, Rev. Cruz, who later spoke to the crowd. He began by asking for prayer for Staver and the Members of Congress. Rev. Cruz then said any politician or nation that promotes or passes laws contrary to God’s natural created order will be cursed and such nations will cease to exist. He then said to the crowd, “You cannot vote for such people.” Rev. Cruz then spoke specifically about abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage.
“Peru retains a strong Judeo-Christian worldview, and because of that, I shared common ground with a wide variety of people having different political and religious beliefs. The Peruvians are concerned that the Obama administration and George Soros are working to undermine their values. I am saddened to witness Obama’s immoral imperialism being thrust upon foreign nations. I am resolved more than ever to defend our Judeo-Christian values in America,” concluded Staver.
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