Can we expect religious freedom to be an American foreign policy concern? Ever?
“I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years. As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the rights of religious minorities around the world — from Coptic Christians in Egypt to Buddhists in Tibet,” – Hillary Clinton
“Frankly, [Hillary] was AWOL on human rights as a whole and religious freedom in particular,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J told Conservative Review. “She hasn’t even been a player on international religious freedom, much less a leader. It’s troubling that she would make that claim.”
China has long been a major violator of human rights — especially in regard to religious freedom — as it regularly imprisons Christians, harvests the organs of Falun Gong practitioners, and suppresses the activities of charitable religious organizations. The country’s track record was also brought back into public discussion last year when the government engaged in a sweeping cross-removal campaign in one of its heavily Christian regions.
While these and other abuses were going on, “Beijing had no worries about human rights or religious freedom during the seven years of the Obama administration, and during Hillary Clinton’s tenure [as secretary of state] especially,” said Smith, who is co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which produces an annual report outlining the Chinese government’s human rights abuses.
Can we expect better from anyone? Probably not. When state sponsored oppression was the only problem, there was a chance. The United States and the western world could influence others to a small extent. Now that hoodlums control the Holy Land, Putin has banned preaching the Gospel, and Islamists are killing Christians just for being Christians…
All we can do is pray, and my prayer is for a civilized world.