"In the United States, we should not simply be condemning Islam. We should be assisting those leaders and movements within Islam who are drawing on the resources that are present in the tradition, in the Muslim tradition, to promote peace and harmony and to reject violence," he said.
Not to do so is to "play into the hands of ISIS and our other enemies, who seek to use violence to accomplish religious domination" and who claim the rightful interpretation of Islam, he added.
And historically, the "most murderous ideologies" have been "self-consciously secular," he continued, noting the likes of fascism, Nazism, and communism.
In promoting religious freedom, the U.S. must emphasize that this freedom is not just limited to a "right to worship" and to pray in private or at a place of worship, George noted in his testimony.
"It is the right to follow one's own conscience on matters of faith and belief," while honoring the rights of others.
And we must work for religious freedom; it will not simply come about with inaction, George maintained in his testimony.
It's a "widespread but false belief" that "history will inevitably move in the direction of moral progress," he said, adding that "this view ignores the radical contingency of human affairs, and the reality of human freedom."
"If liberty and justice are to prevail, it will require the free choices, determination, dedication, and courage of men and women, flesh and blood, human beings, citizens and statesmen."
"Victory is not guaranteed. History does not give us a promise of everything coming out alright in the end, not in the world of human affairs," he said.
Yet victory is possible, he added.
"So let us here -- to use Lincoln's phrase – 'highly resolve' to turn the possibility of progress for religious liberty into reality."
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