(Washington Times) Religious liberty advocates from around the world converged on Washington on Tuesday to shine a light on the plight of faith groups that are persecuted by their governments.
The opening day of the State Department’s three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom was marked by testimonials from victims of religious persecution, who shared stories of false imprisonment, re-education camps, the confiscation of religious texts and the demolition of houses of worship.
Sam Brownback, ambassador at large for international religious freedom, said in opening remarks that the right to religious freedom is under attack.
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“The lack of religious freedom anywhere is a threat to peace, prosperity and stability everywhere,” Mr. Brownback said. “The right to freedom of religion, and the ability to live according to the dictates of your own soul, is under attack in the world. This must change.”