Please contact your Senators and urge them to quickly pass HR 2867; reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Current Situation and Background
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is vital to the proliferation of religious freedom around the globe. See USCCB website: Religious Liberty Homepage
Ongoing attacks against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East and in other parts of the world point to the need to pay more attention to religious freedom. Violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt, the Christmas Eve bombings of Christian churches in Nigeria, last October’s attack on worshipers at the Syrian Catholic Church in Baghdad, and other heinous acts are grim reminders of what is at stake.
Today the mission of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is more important than ever. An independent bipartisan federal commission, USCIRF monitors the status of religious freedom and provides essential information concerning persecution and violations of human rights throughout the world. In addition, it plays a significant role is raising the profile of religious freedom around the globe.
Unless the U.S. Senate passes HR 2867 before November 18, 2011, USCIRF will be lost. It is extremely important that the Senate know how important the commission is to you!
Religious freedom, rooted in the dignity of the human person, is “a cornerstone of the structure of human rights.” Pope Benedict XVI devoted his 2011 World Day of Peace message to religious freedom, calling it the “path to peace.” The free exercise of religion contributes to “the building of a just and peaceful social order.”
The Catholic Church has long raised concerns regarding religious liberty throughout the world, defending members of all religions. Our Conference was deeply involved in the process that led to the creation of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. We urge you to support passage of HR 2867 before November 18, 2001, lest a critically important tool in the preservation of religious freedom is lost.
For a complete copy if Bishop Hubbard’s letter to the Senate please click here. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/2011-10-Letter-to-Senate-on-USCIRF.pdf