USA – With religious persecution on the rise, US Commission on International Religious Freedom needed now, more than ever

Save the Persecuted Christians supports USCIRF reauthorization

Fox 21 Del Marva | Oct. 31, 2019

Over 100 National groups, religious scholars, and human rights activists urge Congress to support religious freedom commission

It is vital that we stand together as a community of believers and non-believers, united in the belief that no one should be tortured, imprisoned, or killed due to their beliefs.”

— Rev. Susan Taylor

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 31, 2019 / — The Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office joined such diverse groups as the Baptist World Alliance, Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, and the Atheist Alliance of America in urging the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to help fight increasing religious persecution around the world.

A 2019 Pew Research study shows that globally restrictions and hostilities involving religion have risen significantly over the past decade. Pew reports, “The latest data shows that 52 governments including some in very populous countries like China, Indonesia, and Russia impose either “high” or “very high” levels of restrictions on religion, up from 40 in 2007.”

A coalition of 106 widely diverse organizations and individuals signed onto a letter urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to “continue to work together and hope that a bill will soon be passed thus ensuring the continued mission of USCIRF.” The group’s letter supports USCIRF saying, “From our various experiences, the Commission has played a vital role in supporting those around the world who suffer for their beliefs, conscience, or religion.”