Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Vietnamese Government Uses COVID-19 to Crack Down on Christians
Vietnamese Government Uses COVID-19 to Crack Down on Christians

Recent coronavirus outbreaks have led Vietnam to impose harsher restrictions to protect the health of citizens. But COVID-19 has also enabled the socialist government to ramp up its persecution of Christians.

Religious Persecution in China Intensifies Brainwashing Camps Christians
Religious Persecution in China Intensifies with Brainwashing Camps for Christians

Given the gravity of the situation in China, the administration and Congress must step up efforts to hold the CCP accountable for its violations of religious freedom.

Integrate Religious Freedom into the Next National Security Strategy
Integrate Religious Freedom into the Next National Security Strategy

Religious freedom is a pillar of peace, stability, and prosperity in democratic societies, while religious repression undermines prospects for order and human flourishing.

Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever
Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever

Even as we remember that Jesus rose from the dead in Jerusalem, Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere experience some of the highest levels of persecution in the world.

The Russian Threat to Religious Freedom in Eastern Ukraine
The Russian Threat to Religious Freedom in Eastern Ukraine

While many aspects of the Russo-Ukrainian war—such as the annexation of Crimea, the shootdown of passenger airliner MH17, and the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church—have been widely discussed by experts, the plight of religious minorities in occupied eastern Ukraine has largely gone ignored.

A Little God with Your Foreign Policy
A Little God with Your Foreign Policy

State Department Ministerial is part of Ambassador Brownback’s rewiring of US foreign policy to prioritize religious freedom.

Religious Liberty versus Nationalism?

There were two notable conferences in DC this past week: the second annual Ministerial on International Religious Freedom, hosted by…

The Prosecution of Asia Bibi Shows Why Blasphemy Laws Are a National Security Issue
The Prosecution of Asia Bibi Shows Why Blasphemy Laws Are a National Security Issue

The US should grant asylum to Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five whose blasphemy trial and acquittal have embroiled Pakistan in violence. The aftermath of her deserved acquittal teaches an even larger lesson, for it demonstrates once again how restricting religious freedom can tear a nation apart.

China’s Crackdown on Christianity
China’s Crackdown on Christianity

China’s actions in the last two months—which have included demolishing church structures, burning Bibles, closing house churches, arresting pastors, and forcing millions of Chinese Christians to sign statements renouncing their faith—represent a dramatic escalation in the Communist Party’s clampdown on religion in China.