Religious freedom summit illustrates bipartisan effort in fight against religious persecution

The event kicked off its pre-summit activities with a Congressional advocacy day bringing together lawmakers, ambassadors, and survivors of persecution.

IRF Summit’s "Congressional Advocacy Day" saw over 50 meetings take place between religious freedom advocates and persecution survivors with members of Congress, like this meeting with Texas representative Michael McCaul.

IRF Summit’sCongressional Advocacy Daysaw over 50 meetings take place between religious freedom advocates and persecution survivors with members of Congress, like this meeting with Texas representative Michael McCaul. ((Courtesy IRF Summit.))

Amjad Khan who serves as co-chair for the summit’s Congressional advocacy day told Fox News Digital, “We have people who don’t agree politically on anything, but they agree on this.

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The IRF Summit will host speeches from 众议院议长南希·佩洛西 和森. 马可·鲁比奥, R-FL.

We’re bringing a common message to join us to fight for religious freedom for everyone, 到处” added Khan.

According to a Pew Research Center report, Christianity followed by Islam and Judaism are the three most restricted (persecuted) religions.

The summit will host regional discussions providing a global survey of the state of religious freedom, from the perspective of survivors and faith leaders, focusing on regions that include the Middle East, 南, and Central Asia.

Taliban fighters stand guard during women's protest in Kabul, 阿富汗, 星期四, 十月. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahmad Halabisaz)

Taliban fighters stand guard during women’s protest in Kabul, 阿富汗, 星期四, 十月. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahmad Halabisaz) (AP Photo/Ahmad Halabisaz)

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Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, Christians and other religious minorities live in fear for their lives. A recent survey by the faith advocacy group, Open Doors USA, placed Afghanistan as the most dangerous place in the world to live as a Christian.

They’re very few things on Capitol Hill where people can come together protecting prisoners of conscience, speaking against religious oppression, focusing on real lives that are being affected by the genocide…Khan added.

代表. 法国山, R-AR told Fox News Digital “宗教自由, both in our country as well as around the world, has been a real point of bipartisanship.

American professional basketball player, Enes Freedom, meeting with advocates at the IRF Summit breakfast. (Courtesy IRF Summit.)

American professional basketball player, Enes Freedom, meeting with advocates at the IRF Summit breakfast. (Courtesy IRF Summit.) (礼貌: IRF Summit)

He says the variety of speakers such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo illustrates the “我们. bipartisan leadership role in maximizing every person’s individual right, natural right to religious tolerance of their faith or belief.

The Arkansas Republican has been a strong advocate of religious freedom both globally and also in the U.S. where he has been working to lift government restrictions on church services, a problem that rose during the height of the Covid epidemic.

We all know the importance of the First Amendment, that it’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, which I think is always a great way to describe it here in our country” 他说.

Former ambassador at large for international religious freedom and IRF Summit co-chair Sam Brownback addresses the "In Solidarity with the Persecuted" event during IRF Summit’s "Congressional Advocacy Day" 在国会山. (Courtesy IRF Summit.)

Former ambassador at large for international religious freedom and IRF Summit co-chair Sam Brownback addresses theIn Solidarity with the Persecutedevent during IRF Summit’sCongressional Advocacy Day” 在国会山. (Courtesy IRF Summit.)

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