The Gathering Storm: Religious Persecution and Legislative Responses

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Showing the The Gathering Storm: Religious Persecution and Legislative Responses Video

April 15, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center

Among the most ominous developments of the twenty-first century have been the dramatic, global rise of religious persecution and the decline of religious liberty. The most violent manifestations of the crisis have occurred in the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, religious freedom is under increasing pressure in the West as well. And yet, Western democracies are showing increasing interest in developing diplomatic strategies to advance international religious freedom.

Two of the most prominent advocates for advancing religious freedom in foreign policy, Baroness Elizabeth Berridge and former Congressman Frank Wolf, discussed how Western democracies can advance international religious freedom. They also explored how internal disarray over the meaning and reach of religious liberty affects the ability of nations to advance religious freedom in their foreign policies. The Berkley Center's Tom Farr moderated. 

This event was hosted by the Religious Freedom Project, in cooperation with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

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