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Jakarta Post

US leads global crusade to stop persecutions against all religions

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Washington, D.C.   /   Sun, July 21, 2019   /  05:58 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, D.C, on July 16.(Courtesy of/US Department of State)

Bringing religion into diplomacy is not a novelty. Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, has been doing just that for the last 15 years, promoting interfaith dialogues worldwide. Now the United States is joining in, taking the lead in the global campaign for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief. Last week, the US State Department brought together more than 1,000 government representatives, religious leaders and civil society organizations from more than 130 countries to join in its campaign to stop the persecution of people for their beliefs — all beliefs, not just one or two. Promoting religious freedom is now a central part of US foreign policy, backed by Republican President Donald Trump, who invited some survivors of religious persecution to the White House last week, and by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spoke at the ...