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US now champions freedom of religion worldwide

  • Endy Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

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Washington, DC   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /  12:58 pm
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the opening of the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in Washington DC, on Tuesday.(Courtesy of/US Department of State)

The United States is pushing for freedom of religion or belief worldwide and it is urging other countries to join hands in ensuring that people around the world are free to embrace whatever faith they choose and are free to practice it. The US State Department held this week a three-day conference that it billed as the largest gathering on freedom of religion ever held in the world, with more than 1,000 participants from more than 130 countries. US President Donald Trump may not cut it as a freedom of religion icon, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo does, and as he was opening the conference, he was introduced as “a former Sunday school teacher and tank commander.” The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the second after its inauguration last year, is indeed his initiative. There is no shortage of bipartisan support for this new foreign policy tool. ...