Here at the Arab American Institute, we stand against hatred, bigotry, and violence in all their forms. Our community knows firsthand the damage that can be done when hate is unchecked, and that’s why we always speak up. For years, we’ve spoken up for the Arab world’s persecuted Christians, whether they’re targeted by...
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Washington Watch: More Problems with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
There is no question that in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, vulnerable religious communities are facing threats to their very survival or serious problems of discrimination. In situations such as these, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) should be able to play a constructive role making policy recommendations that would help protect vulnerable communities and support efforts to advance religious freedom. That's why Congress created it. But as I complete my four years as an Obama appointee to this Commission, I must acknowledge that we have not been effective in carrying out our mission. Continue reading...
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