Christian faith at its best

Missionary Daniel Pye has called Haiti home for eight years, running an orphanage and distributing necessities the Haitian people desperately … Continued

Missionary Daniel Pye has called Haiti home for eight years, running an orphanage and distributing necessities the Haitian people desperately needed well before the earthquake of January 2010. Five months ago, in Jacmel, Daniel was arrested and falsely imprisoned without charge. He shared a 10’ x 12’ prison cell with twenty-four other men.

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Haitians participate in a day of prayer at Champs du Mars in Port-au-Prince in January.

Throughout the ordeal, Danielwas separated from his pregnant wife and daughter while experiencing all the inhumane horrors of a third world, post-natural disaster prison.

But Danny is a free man today. Less than one week after the ACLJ became involved in his case, Danny was released from prison, just days before his wife is due to give birth to their second child.

In October, Danny was involved in a property dispute that was quickly settled in civil court. After both parties reached an agreement in the case, the judge inexplicably ordered Danny’s arrest. The reason for Danny’s arrest? According to Haitian attorney Osner Fevry, who represented the Pyes pro bono: “Daniel Pye helped an organization rent … a hotel or guest house, and (the judge) was living in the place and … was forced to leave.” Simply put, this was the judge’s personal vendetta.

Leann Pye, Danny’s wife, who returned to the U.S. for maternity care, worked to secure her husband’s release from prison and he walked away a free man on Christmas Eve. But the same judge had Danny immediately rearrested and held without charge.

Last Friday, Leann contacted the ACLJ and we began working with officials in Washington and Danny’s attorney in Haiti to secure his release.

The fact that Danny was detained and held for months in jail with no charges of any kind is very troubling and points to a judicial system in Haiti is badly in need of reform. We are pleased that we were able to assist in a team effort in this country and in Haiti that has resulted in his release.

Danny and his family plan to return to Haiti to continue working with orphans there. At the ACLJ, we will continue to fight for the right of people like Danny who serve God by working with the poor and destitute around the world.

We did not know at the time we took his case that Danny assisted the ACLJ’s relief efforts in Haiti. After the earthquake, we spent about a week on radio raising funds for an organization called Conduit Mision. Danny personally guided planes into the Jacmel airport so that the supplies ACLJ donors purchased could be delivered to the people and organizations in need.

The devotion of this family to the people of Haiti is an example of Christianity at its best. To find out more about this family, check out their blog.

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Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Matthew Clark is an attorney at the ACLJ. Follow them on Twitter: @JordanSekulow and @_MatthewClark.
  • mk4man

    What is equally troubling is the fact that the U.S. government did not come to the aid of one of its citizens being held unjustly in a foreign jail. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti was totally ineffective in securing his release. The two Florida senators and the congressman from Danny’s district failed to aggressively intervene on his behalf.

    In a matter of days your organization accomplished what others could not do or would not even attempt. You are to be commended.

  • jeffkrotts

    Greetings all,
    I find it refreshing that a group like ACLJ could get such quick results in this case, although I didn’t hear about the ACLU trying to do anything about his plight, I wonder why that is. I had realized quite a while ago that the ACLJ is the “Regular Guy’s” friend and the other guys are mostly obstructionists trying to shove the left’s agenda down our through no matter what the price.
    We would all like to think “that sort of thing couldn’t happen here” but it wasn’t all that long ago when teens were being jailed for the profit of a few judges and there confederates. The fact is that these things happen everywhere people are people and will take undue advantage when and wherever possible ether for profit or personal gratification.

  • JimTrott

    I agree that persons “detained and held for months in jail with no charges of any kind is very troubling.” I’m sure you’ll agree it is irrelevant whether they are persons of faith.

    I’t glad the ACLJ was able to help secure the release of Mr Pye. He is a wonderful role model for what it means to have faith in Christ.

    We need to see more Christians like him. We see far too many who conveniently forget that it is easier for a rope to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Your boss, Pat Robertson, is approaching the final turn. He has immense personal wealth. You may want to remind him that there are no rich preachers in Heaven.

  • WmarkW

    “I had realized quite a while ago that the ACLJ is the “Regular Guy’s” friend and the other guys are mostly obstructionists trying to shove the left’s agenda down our through no matter what the price. ”

    No, the ACLJ exists specifically to take only the pro-Christian cases that the ACLU would take, so that the latter organization is only ever seen defending other religions. The ACLU used to defend the rights of Christians all the time, until the ACLJ was founded as an anti-PR move against the ACLU’s principled stands for rights of EVERY religion.

    The ACLJ is the paradigm of “free speech for me but not for thee.”

  • david6

    Based on your prior history of telling a one-sided story, why should we believe this one?

  • haveaheart

    Uh-huh. That’s why he wrote the column. To be commended.

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