The Trump administration is organizing a coalition of nations willing to stand up for religious freedom across the globe.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in Washington last week.
“We will create the International Religious Freedom Alliance,” he said. “We hope that this new vehicle, the first-ever international body devoted to this specific topic, will bring likeminded countries together to confront challenges of international religious freedom.”
Pompeo, who has made religious freedom a cornerstone of the Trump foreign policy, said the new alliance is a way to allow other countries to keep the ball moving forward.
“It will provide a space for the work that we do here to flourish throughout the year,” he continued, “and, importantly, it will defend the unalienable rights for all human beings to believe or not to believe, whatever it is they choose.”
On his "Washington Watch" program on American Family Radio, Tony Perkins said the mission will be to find ways to promote the most basic of human rights and to hold abusers accountable.
“This is good news,” he said, “that we have an administration that's not just doing what is required but going the extra mile to defend religious freedom.”
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith told Perkins that Pompeo's leadership on religious freedom is exemplary.
“He's making sure that hearts and souls and minds of the leaders put freedom of religion, and freedom from persecution, at center stage,” the congressman said of Pompeo.