U.S. commission paints a grim picture on international religious freedom

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued its 2013 report, and the picture is grim.  The report asks the Secretary of State to re-designate  Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan as “countries of particular concern.”  In this year’s report, seven new countries met the CPC threshold:  Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.  In many of these countries, governments actively seek to crush religious minorities, imprisoning, torturing, and killing people of faith.  In many countries, the government stands idly by as extremists do the same.

Government intolerance of religious freedom is not only a third-world problem.  The report mentions France’s aggressive secularism and new laws prohibiting the wear of religious articles.  Read the report for an idea of what can easily happen in America should be fail to be vigilant.

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