By Fred Lucas
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed Friday that the Trump administration is committed to religious liberty, both at home and abroad.
Speaking at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, Pompeo said that more than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries that place significant limitations on religious freedom.
He singled out Iran and China.
“We are assuring human dignity by advancing one of our most cherished, indispensable liberties, enshrined in the First Amendment. It is our religious liberty,” said Pompeo, a former member of the House from Kansas and CIA director before becoming the nation’s chief diplomat in April.
“Religious freedom is a universal, God-given right, to which all people are entitled,” Pompeo said. “Religious freedom is also a building block for free societies. Our Founders knew this.”
Pompeo talked about the success of getting American detainees released from captivity in North Korea in May.
“Far and away, the greatest highlight to date of my job as secretary of state has been bringing three Americans home from captivity in North Korea,” Pompeo said.
He said the State Department now is focused heavily on securing the release and repatriation of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who has been held in a Turkish prison for about two years on a charge of “Christianization.”
“We are sparing no effort to return Pastor Brunson home to the United States,” Pompeo said. “He has been wrongly held, and the proper role is to return him here to practice his faith in our great nation.”
The secretary of state addressed the Iranian government’s abuse of religious minorities, such as Christians, Jews, Sunni Muslims, and Baha’i. The government in Tehran is a Shiite Muslim theocracy.
“We are fighting for human dignity of the Iranian people by speaking the truth of the oppressive and corrupt regime that …read more
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