21st Century Wilberforce Initiative Calls on Trump to Appoint Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to appoint an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in his first 100 days in office.

In an open letter, the human rights and religious liberty organization also urges Trump to maintain the position of special adviser for religious minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia.

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative released the letter, dated Jan. 25, 2017, on Nov. 29 to allow people concerned about global religious liberty issues to endorse it online.

Standing with religious minorities

“We stand in solidarity with the many religious and ethnic minorities around the world facing serve persecution for their deeply held religious beliefs or commitment to no belief,” says the letter from Randel Everett, president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and former executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Everett cites a Pew Research Center finding that three-fourths of the world’s population live in places with high or very high persecution.

“People of all faiths—Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus included—face persecution that at times manifests itself both as heavy-handed government restrictions that try to control people and violent social hostilities that undermine the rule of law,” the letter continues.

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SOURCE: The Baptist Standard
Ken Camp