Promoting Religious Freedom Even When the Government Doesn’t

Jul 10, 2021 by

by Arielle Del Turco, Family Research Council:

At 71 years old, Joseph Cheng left Hong Kong and headed for Australia following the enactment of a new national security law that essentially criminalized his pro-democracy activism. Having long been an influential figure for Hong Kong’s Christians, he believes that the Christian faith motivates many Hong Kong Christians to stand against oppression: “You are ready to suffer in this life, and you seek a much more meaningful afterlife.”

Many of the most prominent activists to stand up to the Chinese government’s denial of basic rights in Hong Kong have been Christians who cite their faith as a motivation for their work, including Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Jimmy Lai, to name a few. Around the world, the advocacy of Christians is an answer to prayer for the persecuted and oppressed.

In the United States, another Christian is taking up the mantle to promote the fundamental right of religious freedom for all people around the world. Former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback is asking citizens, activists, and government leaders to gather for the first annual International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 13-15. But it’s not just an event. It’s a growing global movement — one that must be kept alive even under the Biden administration, which is not as enthusiastic about the issue as previous administrations.

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