Persecution Fears Rise as Biden Backs Away From Religious Freedom Abroad

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Free Beacon: The Biden administration’s pledge to roll back Trump-era policies promoting religious freedom abroad threatens to undermine America’s ability to protect religious minorities in China, the Middle East, and beyond.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken in March reversed a 2020 executive order that directed federal agencies to “prioritize international religious freedom in the planning and implementation of United States foreign policy.” The order also allocated $50 million in foreign assistance funding and expanded religious freedom training to federal employees. He vowed to “repudiate” the Trump administration’s focus on religious freedom in foreign policy, which he said came at the cost of other human rights issues such as gay rights and abortion.

The Biden White House is backing away from advocacy for religious freedom abroad at a time when unscrupulous regimes are cracking down on religious minorities in China, Ethiopia, and across the Middle East. Olivia Enos, a senior policy analyst at Heritage Foundation, said America’s drawdown in the face of persecution would hamper its broader foreign policy interests and human rights commitments.

“I think it would be a huge mistake for the Biden administration not to build momentum from the work done by the Trump administration to promote religious freedom,” she said.  Read More …

Opinion: It should be abundantly clear that Joe Biden is going to do everything he said he would do. LGBTQ, Climate Change, Abortion, Iran Nuclear Deal and a Two State Solution are the underlying goals for every executive action, and eliminating religious freedom and massive tax increases are the drivers.

The stage is set for some version of the Fairness for all Act/Equality Act that will categorize the Bible as hate speech, and accomplish each aspect of the Biden agenda in one fell swoop:

The New American March 22, 2021

Equality Act Threatens Religious Freedom, the Safety of Women and Children, and the Unborn

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), began deliberations on the Equality Act, which threatens religious freedom, the safety of women and children, and the unborn. Yet, to kick off the debate, the senators watched a sentimental propaganda video about the struggles and progress of the LGBTQ movement and the supposed need for the proposed federal legislation to end discrimination and injustice against LGBTQ people.

The Equality Act passed the House on February 25 with the unanimous vote of Democrats and even three Republicans. If it passes the Senate and is signed into law, federal mandate will force women to allow men into their bathrooms and shelters, and likely into their sports and dorms.

Christian charities almost certainly would be forced to hand children over to LGBTQ couples, and Christian hospitals could be forced to perform abortions and sex changes — or close down. And this barely begins to scratch the surface of the destructive mischief this legislation could cause.

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24:15

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