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Religious Freedom under Fire

Religious freedom around the world is being challenged.

The State Department issued a report on religious freedom this week.  The rights of minorities continue to be repressed by several of our adversaries, such as Iran, while religious communities are being displaced more than any time in recent history.

Unfortunately the report failed to designate certain countries as countries of concern, and this oversight should raise some eyebrows.  The following countries failed to make the list: Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Iraq and Syria have been in the spotlight lately for the systematic persecution of Christians by ISIS rebels.  Many Christians in Iraq and Syria have been forced to flee, after being threatened to either pay a tax or convert to Islam.  Others have been killed by ISIS militants while churches in places like Mosul burn.

Where is the United States as these Christians are being targeted, forced to flee their homes?  Missing in action, which has become the normal state of international affairs.  Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, slammed the administration for its silence.  He made this statement on the House floor: “The silence in this town – in Washington – is deafening.  Does Washington even care?”

Meanwhile, France is opening its doors to Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution.

We haven't even touched on the persecution of Christians in China.  You can read more about that in the Washington Free Beacon, where the government has ordered more than 100 churches to be destroyed.

And we have't even touched on the worldwide anti-semitism taking place as businesses and Jewish people around the globe are being targeted.

Who are we as a nation if we do not stand with those seeking to achieve or defend religious freedom?

 

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