Blunt demands vote to protect Egyptian Christians

“The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear,” Blunt said Wednesday.

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S. 653 would create a new U.S. Department of State special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East. The special envoy would be charged with promoting the religious freedoms of minorities in the region and monitoring and reporting religious intolerance.

“I urge Majority Leader Reid to allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation, which would call attention to all religious minorities and demonstrate to leaders in the region that the United States takes religious freedom seriously,” Blunt said.

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