(RNS) — The religious freedom movement has mortgaged its bipartisan reputation to maintain access to the Secretary of State. A blow to his credibility could hurt persecuted people of faith around the world.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Poland, one country in the alliance, and the State Department announced that the next Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will be held in July in Warsaw.
(RNS) — The bipartisan group sent a letter to President Trump arguing that reducing the refugee cap to zero would call into question a promise to assist persecuted religious minorities abroad.
(RNS) — Religion has been more closely tied to politics and politics more closely tied to religion than most care to admit. And yet, advocates for international religious freedom often treat religious freedom and political freedom as totally separate and distinct domains.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — An increasingly vocal band of advocates and experts says the Trump administration’s refugee policies are out of sync with its promises to protect religious minorities from persecution, especially Christians, Yazidis and other groups in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Many of the survivors of religious violence who spoke at the summit reminded attendees of those who remain persecuted for their faith across the world.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Brunson said his detention in Turkey made him value his religious liberty more deeply. 'I was isolated. I was the only Christian there, so to be back with other Christians is so important.'
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said the Trump administration wants to ramp up attention to killings and persecution based on religious beliefs and reverse trends that show they are often on the increase in countries across the world.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will focus on countries that have at least begun to work on improving the rights of religious minorities within their borders, the U.S. religious freedom ambassador told Religion News Service in an interview Monday.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — But some critics don’t have much faith that the summit will lead to substantive results.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Sam Brownback, a former U.S. senator who was confirmed in January as the fifth U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Administration supporters who are also religious freedom advocates spoke in glowing terms about the significance of the gathering. But outside observers are less impressed.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Vice President Mike Pence used a State Department summit of foreign ministers and religious leaders to announce new initiatives and call on Turkey to release U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson.
(RNS) — The religious freedom advocates at the State Department’s ministerial this week need to say plainly that Trumpism and international religious freedom contradict each other in ways we cannot ignore.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'We must move to a place where people genuinely care and love one another, no matter our differences,' said the religious freedom ambassador at the interfaith, international summit.
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