International Religious Freedom Day and U.S. Policy on Religious Freedom

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Youth hold hands for a prayer during a gathering at sunset.
Youth hold hands for a prayer during a gathering at sunset.

International Religious Freedom Day and U.S. Policy on Religious Freedom

October 27 is International Religious Freedom Day and marks the passage of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act). This year is the 20th anniversary of the signing of the IRF Act into law.

In a statement, Secretary Pompeo underscored the impact of this legislation, "The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals to believe as they see fit is a God-given right that is central to the success of a nation."

Secretary Pompeo also underscored the importance of protecting religious freedom to the United States foreign policy. The Secretary said, "The protection of religious freedom is central to the Trump administration’s foreign policy, and protecting this human right is an essential part of who we are as Americans. Religious freedom appears first among the rights enumerated in our Constitution. Where religious freedom flourishes, there is greater stability and more economic opportunity."

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