Religious Freedom

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pope in historic visit to UAE to highlight religious freedom

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis is opening his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates by meeting Monday with the federation’s leader and a group of Muslim elders before addressing faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom. Francis’ speech … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pope in historic visit to UAE to highlight religious freedom

United States | U.S. Commitment to Religious Freedom

United States – Today the United States honors National Religious Freedom Day. On this day in 1786, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. It begins with a groundbreaking statement: “Almighty God hath created the mind free.” This Statute goes on to guarantee freedom of religion to people of all … Continue reading United States | U.S. Commitment to Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON | US downgrades Pakistan in religious freedom rankings

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration on Tuesday placed Pakistan on its annual list of worst offenders for nations that infringe on religious freedom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement he added Pakistan to the U.S. list of “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs. Pakistan had … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US downgrades Pakistan in religious freedom rankings

United States | Religious Freedom in Ukraine

United States – The United States strongly supports religious freedom, including the freedom of members of groups to govern their religion according to their beliefs and practice their faiths freely without government interference. The United States respects the ability of Ukraine’s Orthodox religious leaders and followers to pursue autocephaly according to their beliefs. We respect … Continue reading United States | Religious Freedom in Ukraine

Texas News: AG Paxton, Texas Supreme Court’s Decision in Kountze Cheerleaders’ Case is a Win for Religious Liberty

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement Friday after the Texas Supreme Court decided not to review a lower court’s decision upholding the constitutional right of Kountze cheerleaders to display banners with Bible verses at high school football games.  The Kountze Independent School District appealed last year’s ruling by the … Continue reading Texas News: AG Paxton, Texas Supreme Court’s Decision in Kountze Cheerleaders’ Case is a Win for Religious Liberty

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun at the Department of State, on the margins of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.  Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Vice Foreign Minister Cho discussed the … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Kamilov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan hosted Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov today on the margins of the International Religious Freedom Ministerial.  Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister Kamilov discussed Uzbekistan’s commitment to religious freedom … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Kamilov

U.S. Department of State News: Remarks at the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone.  Since the earliest days of his presidency, President Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend the rights of religious freedom at home and abroad, because religious freedom is a universal God-given right to which all people are entitled. … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Remarks at the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On July 25, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov on the margins of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With UK Minister of State Lord Ahmad

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Lord Ahmad, the UK’s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations on the sidelines of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.  Deputy Secretary … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With UK Minister of State Lord Ahmad

U.S. Department of State News: Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at First-Ever Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: On July 26, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.  The Vice President will address government and international organization representatives about the importance of international religious freedom … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at First-Ever Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo To Host First-Ever Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: From July 24-26, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The Ministerial will convene government officials, representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, rights advocates, and members … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo To Host First-Ever Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Emails: Conservatives slammed Pence in 2015 for changing law

INDIANAPOLIS /March 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence faced a firestorm of criticism three years ago after signing a “religious freedom” law critics decried as anti-gay. Now emails released this week to The Associated Press illustrate similar backlash from fellow conservatives when the eventual vice president agreed to change the law in the … Continue reading Emails: Conservatives slammed Pence in 2015 for changing law

US accuses Pakistan over violations of religious freedom

WASHINGTON/January 04, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Trump administration is accusing Pakistan of severe violations of religious freedom in a further sign of deteriorating relations. The State Department has announced that it’s placing the South Asian nation on a special watch list, pursuant to 2016 legislation. The step is not thought to carry serious consequences, but it comes in … Continue reading US accuses Pakistan over violations of religious freedom

Trump vows to support and defend religious freedom in US

WASHINGTON DC/July 2, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump vowed to support and defend religious liberty, telling a gathering of evangelical Christians that the threat of terrorism is “one of the most grave and dire threats to religious freedom in the world today.” “We cannot allow this terrorism and extremism to spread in our country, … Continue reading Trump vows to support and defend religious freedom in US