Three Quarters of the World Does Not Know What Religious Freedom Is Like.

Christians under persecution

A displaced Christian woman cooks dinner at the largest displacement site located outside the French military base in Bambari, Central African Republic, on July 27. Newscom

Religious freedom across the globe is under assault, from Islamist militias displacing the centuries-old Christian community in Iraq to churches being bombed in Egypt and Pakistan.

“The situation for religious freedom worldwide is really bad,” said Robert George, a Princeton University political science professor and vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“Almost three-fourths of people in the world live under regimes that either themselves regularly violate people’s rights to religious freedom or that stand by and permit private actors, terrorist groups and mobs to violate people’s basic rights to religious freedom while the governments do nothing.”

George said the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report the U.S. State Department presented to Congress on July 28 gives an accurate picture of the precarious state of religious freedom across the globe, though he lamented the exclusion of two countries — Vietnam and Pakistan — from the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) that engage in or tolerate severe violations of religious liberty. “Those are two of the very worst offenders in the world. Pakistan in particular is at the top of our list, the one country that most warranted CPC designation. I’m puzzled,” said George.

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