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Kerry says religious freedom is the right of every human being



This news story was published on May 22, 2013.
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John Kerry

John Kerry

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the freedom to profess and practice one’s faith is the birthright of every human being, not just an American invention.

In remarks coinciding with the release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report, Kerry said religious freedom is “ingrained in every human heart” and recognized under international law.

“Attacks on religious freedom are therefore both a moral and a strategic national security concern for the United States,” he said.

The report on religious freedom in some 200 countries and territories was released by the State Department Monday. An executive summary highlighted governments that restrict their citizens’ ability to practice religion.

Among those mentioned were China, North Korea, Vietnam, Burma, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Sudan and Eritrea.

“The right to religious freedom is inherent in every human being. Unfortunately, this right was challenged in myriad ways in 2012,” the report said.

The report noted anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions were on the rise, particularly in Europe and Asia.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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3 Responses to Kerry says religious freedom is the right of every human being

  1. 4ever49 Reply Report comment

    May 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    “The report noted anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions were on the rise, particularly in Europe and Asia.”
    Anyone want to guess why?
    Anti-Muslim rhetoric & actions were in response to Muslim actions & rhetoric – even Secretary Obvious Kerry should be able to detect this.

  2. LVS Reply Report comment

    May 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think he was talking about how Muslims repress Cristians. He didn’t put it very well. He should have said all people should have the freedom to BE whatever they want. Not just religion. There are more and more people who have trouble believing the book of fiction called the bible but that does not necessarily make them bad folks. As long as they have human values and respect other people their beliefs should be respected as well.

  3. 50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

    May 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

    ALL HAIL LUCIFER!!!!!!!!!