[Author’s note: Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not usually at a loss for words. However, I wish you could hear the audio of the following interview just so that you could hear me repeatedly say, “I am so embarrassed”. Or, “I am so sorry”. After writing extensively on human rights violations, it has become glaringly apparent to me that this administration has willfully placed the issue of human rights at the bottom of its list of priorities. This interview confirms it.]
After escaping from China, Pastor Bob Fu today is recognized as a leading expert on religious freedom and the persecuted church in China. Pastor Fu testifies regularly before the United Nations, U.S. congressional committees, and other influential agencies concerning reports of abuses, especially violations of Chinese citizens’ rights to religious freedom. He is the founder and president of ChinaAid. Under his leadership, ChinaAid has expanded its mission to support legal defense in religious persecution cases, academic research on the rule of law, and ministering to and training of house church leaders in China. Pastor Fu is the author of God’s Double Agent, a harrowing account of his life in China before his escape to America.
LG: Bob, you have testified before Congress, met with world leaders, and have been invited to the White House countless times on behalf of those imprisoned in China for their faith. You have had the unique opportunity to work with the administrations of three presidents: President Clinton, President Bush, and President Obama. Have you witnessed a change in the importance of addressing religious freedom within this administration?
Bob Fu: First of all, as a matter of foreign policy, the issue of religious freedom and human rights is not a partisan issue. The International Religious Freedom Act was passed by a Republican majority Congress and was signed by President Bill Clinton as the first major piece of law on religious freedom in American history since the First Amendment. Our organization, China Aid, is a nonpartisan nonprofit NGO, as well. We work with anyone from any party or non-party who supports religious freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in China.
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