Religious Rights

Congress can defend freedoms abroad

As it often is the first right taken away, religious freedom serves as the proverbial canary in the coal mine, warning us that denial of other liberties almost surely will follow.

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Breaking news? A GW grad student hates CUFI

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) sits at the nexus of the two things the far-left and the far-right commonly despise: Christian political advocacy and the Jewish state of Israel. As a result, from time-to-time, an overzealous college/graduate...

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Opinion: Remembering International Religious Freedom Day

This past Sunday, the United States commemorated International Religious Freedom Day, marking the 15th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA).

IRFA created an international religious freedom office in the U.S. State Department, headed by an ambassador-at-large, and the independent, bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which I chair.  Since its inception, USCIRF has monitored religious freedom worldwide and made policy recommendations to the president, secretary of state, and Congress in response to governments that violate this fundamental right.

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Restructuring America's approach to international religious freedom

Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, stepped down from her position this past week after roughly two years of tireless efforts to create interfaith dialogue and fight for the religious and spiritual freedoms for many around the world. Ambassador Johnson Cook forged relationships with government officials and religious leaders alike and has enhanced the work of interfaith leaders, especially women, across the globe. Given the charged political and religious climate in the world today, her work, and that of her office, remain a central priority in the constant struggle for global religious freedom, fundamental rights, and counter-extremism.

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