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State Dept. Commission Cites Religious Freedom as ‘Foremost’ Among Rights

Discussion in 'OBOB General Politics Forum' started by Michie, Aug 8, 2020.

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    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

    United States
    The Commission on Unalienable Rights’ first draft report has prompted backlash from organizations and religious representatives, who criticized the report’s emphasis on religious liberty.

    WASHINGTON — The Commission on Unalienable Rights, an advisory committee formed last year to provide the U.S. State Department with advice that grounds an understanding of human rights in the nation’s founding principles, released a draft report last month that highlighted religious liberty alongside property rights as being of fundamental importance.

    However, the report has prompted backlash from an array of organizations and religious representatives that support progressive political agendas, who criticized the report’s emphasis on religious liberty.

    The report stated that “foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure, from the founders’ point of view, are property rights and religious liberty. A political society that destroys the possibility of either loses its legitimacy.”

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in remarksannouncing the report July 16, that it emphasized religious freedom because “no society can retain its legitimacy or a virtuous character without religious freedom,” and “our founders knew that faith was also essential to nurture the private virtue of our citizens.” He also said that “Americans have not only unalienable rights, but also positive rights, rights granted by governments, courts, multilateral bodies. Many are worth defending in light of our founding; others aren’t.”

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    State Dept. Commission Cites Religious Freedom as ‘Foremost’ Among Rights
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