September 16, 2023
June 11, 2020
Faith & Freedom Coalition Applauds State Department’s Religious Freedom Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Faith and Freedom Coalition celebrates the release of the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report this week. The report is representative of the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to prioritize religious freedom around the globe. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted in a press conference, President Trump is the first president to have signed an executive order directing all U.S. government officials to prioritize religious freedom. Additionally, foreign service officers have received training on religious freedom, and earlier this year, the State Department launched the International Religious Freedom Alliance, bringing together 27 countries to push for religious freedom across the globe.
“There is no other nation that cares so deeply about religious freedom, that we gather accounts from all across the world,” said Secretary Pompeo during the press conference. “[I]t’s an enormous, it’s a comprehensive accounting of this fundamental human right.”
The report provides an overview of the state of religious freedom in different countries across the world. During the press conference, Secretary Pompeo highlighted several positive advancements in religious freedom occurring over the past year, including the permission given by the United Arab Emirates for the first construction of a Latter-Day Saints temple in the Middle East and The Gambia’s prosecution of crimes against the Rohingya, a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic group, in the International Court of Justice.
“Our founders chose to put religious freedom as the first right outlined in the Bill of Rights because they knew just how important the freedom to follow the dictates of one’s conscience and the tenets of one’s faith is in a civil society,” said Timothy Head, executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. “The Trump administration has put religious freedom back where it belongs: at the top of governmental priorities. This extraordinary commitment demonstrates just why religious believers of all backgrounds gave their support behind him in 2016.”
To view the report, visit state.gov/reports/2019-report-on-international-religious-freedom/.
The Faith & Freedom Coalition promotes religious liberty and values at the state and federal levels. To learn more about its work, visit ffcoalition.com.
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