The Gap Between Trump's Record and Rhetoric on Religious Freedom

Author: Shaun Casey

June 15, 2020

In this Sojourner’s piece, Shaun Casey examines Donald Trump’s record on religious freedom and how his administration can take genuine steps toward protecting religious liberty. Casey argues that the wording of Trump’s recent executive order on international religious freedom merely masks the worst record on international religious freedom in memory. As an alternative to the current U.S. system, Casey proposes a number of changes: shutting down the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, new leadership of the International Religious Freedom Office, ditching the exclusive reliance on “name and shame” tactics of dueling annual reports, and cutting off the massive cash flow to conservative organizations that run short-term international religious freedom projects. Although Trump hopes that shouting “Religious Freedom for All” will be mistaken for effectiveness, Casey concludes that the gap between rhetoric and record is real.

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