House votes to update religious freedom law

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed and sent the Senate legislation to upgrade international religious freedom as an element of U.S. foreign policy.

The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act updates the 1998 law sponsored by its namesake, which names and can apply sanctions to countries where severe persecution takes place.

The new legislation also would target individual abusers and non-state persecutors like the Islamic State group and Boko Haram.

Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who succeeded Wolf, says the bill will provide “stronger and more flexible political responses to the disturbing and growing denial of basic religious freedoms around the world.”

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  • Andrew

    Laws are only as good as the level to which they are enforced.
    That includes within this country.
    Until we stop enacting laws which prohibit Christian business owners from the free exercise of their religious beliefs without political and financial punishments, we can not legitimately punish others for it.
    Legally requiring Christian photographers or bakers to participate in homosexual weddings against their religious beliefs is to deny them religious freedom. No country is going to recognize our authority to impose sanctions for behavior which we ourselves are engaging in. And no international court will uphold such a double standard.
    This is a good law, and I would love to see it in place. But we need to get our own house in order before we go around punishing others for doing as we do.