New global religious freedom mov’t underway: 'We can’t just keep talking about it' | 3/6/2019 | Staff
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New global religious freedom mov’t underway: 'We can’t just keep talking about it'

A desperately-needed global movement to push for religious freedom rights worldwide has begun, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said last Thursday during a United Nations event focusing on religious freedom.

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Hosted by the U.N. NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, an event titled International Religious Freedom: A New Era for Advocacy in Response to a New Age of Challenges and Threats was held at the U.N. headquarters last week.

Along with Brownback, respected religious freedom advocates from around the world were invited to speak about religious freedom issues impacting their communities.

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The event was kicked off by moderator Monsignor Tomasz Grysa, the deputy permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. He laid out the troubling landscape for religious freedom worldwide and said there has been a steady rise in persecution and discrimination against Christian, Muslims, Jews and other religious followers across the globe.

Brownback, a former U.S. senator and governor of Kansas, followed Grysa by asking specifically why there continues to be an increase in religious persecution worldwide when most countries in the world have agreed to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that is supposed to protect an individual’s right to religious freedom.

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“Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in a religiously restricted atmosphere,” Brownback said. “How can we tolerate this continuing situation? You just heard a series of countries and places and faith communities that are in some sort of difficulty or persecuted when, in fact, they are guaranteed this right in most constitutions and by the U.N. Charter.”

“Why do we tolerate this situation?” the 62-year-old asked. “We need a global movement [for religious freedom]. The good news is one has started. It is starting here today.”

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Brownback challenged those in attendance to...
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