It’s a rare moment in history when the United Nations is more concerned about religious liberty than the U.S. President. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case now, as the U.N. drives more nations to intervene in the plight of men and women of faith. This afternoon, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, FRC’s Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin and I were invited to deliver two of eight keynote addresses on religious freedom abroad.
The session, “The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security,” was done in collaboration with several NGOs, including the Holy See and Permanent Missions of Palau and Argentina. Like us, they fear the brutality of ISIS, Boko Haram, and others is only the beginning of mass genocide against God’s people unless more countries stand in solidarity against the intolerance.
As I told those assembled, the nations of the world, appalled by the horror of World War II, came together much like it did today to form the United Nations (U.N.) and adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The mission in 1948 is as essential then as it is now: to address and prevent fundamental human rights violations. Member states pledged to ensure that “[e]veryone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
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