FRC's Tony Perkins in Senate Testimony: Religious Liberty Vital to U.S. Foreign Policy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins testified about the priority religious liberty should be to American foreign policy before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Mr. Perkins testified in part:

"Religious freedom is a fundamental, inherent, and international human right. It is not merely an American right -- "though religious freedom was foundational to the very existence of the United States. Additionally, standing for religious liberty is a vital component of American foreign policy. Defending those whose right to practice their faith is penalized or jeopardized wins our country friends among people throughout the developing world and thus enhances the security of our nation. As I will note later, countries where religious liberty flourishes are both more stable and more prosperous.

"So, defending religious freedom is not only right in itself, but its benefits for our vital interests are profound.

"Yet the current Administration consistently has failed to prioritize this fundamental international human right and give it the attention it deserves, especially in light of the horrific religious persecution we see unfolding before our eyes in the Middle East and elsewhere.

"Our moral voice and supporting actions have been increasingly and noticeably absent with regard to international religious freedom. We must once again find that voice. The world urgently needs it. Our vital interests and security demand it. All people everywhere will be better for it," Perkins concluded.

Download the full Senate testimony here.