How to Promote International Religious Freedom
We know from empirical data that religious freedom is an indicator of free societies with accountable governments and thriving civil societies. We also know the converse: denying religious freedom increases conflict and hostility, leads to restrictions on civil and political rights, hinders democracy and stability, and breeds violent extremism. In fact, more than three quarters of the world’s population are restricted from freely practicing their faith, and there is a rising tide of religious intolerance and government restrictions. This is a threat to U.S. national security.