U.S. proving it's serious about religious freedom abroad

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Asia Bibi protestNations around the world that harm religious minorities are learning a lesson: You are being watched by the Trump administration. 

One concern being addressed is the 70-plus countries in the world that have blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws that often result in the jailing of religious minorities, especially Christians.

Matias Perttula of International Christian Concern tells OneNewsNow it is significant that the U.S. State Dept. has sponsored a ministerial to advance religious freedom on two occasions, the largest human rights event hosted by the federal agency.

“And putting at the forefront of that,” Perttula points out, “the human right of religious freedom.”

In a recent example of U.S. involvement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used Twitter to state he was "alarmed" China had secretly tried and sentenced a Chinese pastor, Wang Yi, on "trumped-up charges." 

The most famous blasphemy case in recent memory is Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death in Pakistan but freed from death row. She is now lively safely in Canada.

Sen. James Lankford and Sen. Chris Coons have introduced a resolution calling on countries that have blasphemy laws to repeal them.

Perttula says those countries recognize “solidarity” within the federal government when the State Dept. and Congress are demonstrating that religious freedom matters.

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