New global religious freedom mov’t underway: ‘We can’t just keep talking about it’

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A desperately-needed global movement to push for religious freedom rights worldwide has begun, U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said at a United Nations event focused on religious freedom.

The event kicked off by moderator Monsignor Tomasz Grysa, the deputy permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N, who said that “the protection of the right to religious freedom must be one of the most urgent responsibilities of the international community.”

He laid out the troubling landscape for religious freedom worldwide and said there has been a steady rise in persecution and discrimination against Christians and other religious followers across the globe.

“Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in a religiously restricted atmosphere,” Brownback said.

“How can we tolerate this continuing situation? when, in fact, they are guaranteed this right in most constitutions and by the U.N. Charter.”

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