(RNS) — Threats to religious freedom around the world are on the rise — from the persecution of Uighur MuslimsChristians and others in China, to Ahmadis in Pakistan, to the Rohingya in Myanmar — the list goes on. America’s First Amendment rights have long made us a beacon of these human rights to other nations. But over the past four years, our federal government’s violations of its own citizens’ religious freedom rights threatens our commitment to making a difference around the world.

Our ability to champion religious freedom abroad starts at home. On Religious Freedom Day, we rejoice that the Trump administration and the harm it has done to religious freedom is ending. We believe the Biden administration will chart a better course on religious freedom by ensuring the U.S. government respects it domestically, restoring our credibility in calling for religious freedom globally.

Read the full article here: https://wordandway.org/2021/01/16/advancing-religious-freedom-abroad-starts-at-home/

A protester holds up a sign that reads “No Muslim Ban Ever” as he protests against the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump’s travel ban outside the the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2018. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

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