On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Faith & Action, in partnership with Liberty Counsel, hosted the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback at a breakfast meeting for people and groups interested in the protection of religious freedom worldwide.
This event offered a discussion focused on reaffirming the importance of protecting religious freedom and served as an opening to the Ministerial on Religious Freedom Summit being held this week by the United States’ State Department. The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom took the opportunity to discuss potential outcomes, reaffirming international commitments to promote religious freedom.
Faith & Action strongly supports this effort by the Trump administration and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to prioritize religious freedom, even in the face of a complex international situation. We are excited with the administration’s launch of the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Summit. We believe that making every effort to promote religious freedom worldwide is an important priority and it is vital for people throughout the international community to have the space to engage in an open dialogue about ensuring greater respect for this inherent natural right.
Ambassador Brownback emphasized the United States’ commitment and that of the Trump administration, to advancing religious freedom around the world. “From top to bottom, this administration has prioritized religious freedom,” Brownback said.
It is our hope that this rich discussion at the very beginning of the Ministerial sets the tone for the rest of the week and stays with all our conversation partners for a long time to come.
“I applaud U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo for hosting the first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Summit this week,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Innocent people around the world are imprisoned, tortured and persecuted for their faith. Christians and religious minorities are suffering more persecution than at any time in history. The Trump administration has vowed to fight for religious freedom. This ministerial has never happened in the world and it is encouraging that the United States is the first to host it in order to help defend this sacred freedom around the world,” said Staver.
Throughout the remainder of the week, more than 40 foreign ministers, as well as religious and civil society leaders from around the world, will gather to discuss challenges to religious freedom, identify ways to address persecution and discrimination against religious groups, and promote greater respect for religious freedom. Faith & Action has been actively involved in the planning and discussions regarding this ministerial summit. We look forward to continuing working with the State Department for the advancement of religious freedom.
On Behalf of the Faith & Action Ministry Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital