These realities should serve as a grave summons to an examination of conscience
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, today celebrated the Senate’s passage of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act.
This tragic situation began in June 2009, when a Muslim woman working as a field laborer alongside Asia refused to touch the “unclean” water source from which Asia – a Christian – drank. This led to a verbal quarrel between the two women and subsequent allegations that Asia made blasphemous remarks against the Muslim prophet.
The United States Senate unanimously agrees that religious freedom and economic development must be correlated in any future trade deals the U.S. government pursues. Last week, the Senate voted 92-0 to amend the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), calling on the government to “weigh a nation’s religious freedom picture when conducting trade deals.”
The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015 (HR 1150) was passed by the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and International Organizations. The bipartisan bill, authored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) with the lead co-sponsorship of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would give the Administration and the State Department new tools, resources and training to help counter extremism and the growing persecution of religious minorities globally.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.