Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that 80% of the world’s population lives in countries that place significant restrictions on religious freedom. He said the Trump administration is committed to religious liberty in both domestic and foreign policy.
“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.”…
He also called out China’s abuse of religious liberty.
“Hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of leaders are held in so-called ‘re-education’ camps, where they are forced to endure severe political indoctrinations and awful abuses,” Pompeo said.