Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2018 / 15:11 pm
"It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith," said Ambassador Sam Brownback at an event marking the second anniversary of U.S. recognition that the Islamic State committed genocide against religious minorities, including Christians, in Syria and Iraq.
Brownback, who was sworn-in as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom last month, said that religious freedom should be advanced in U.S. national security policy, assistance programs, and economic strategies.
"I would like to see religious freedom be for this administration what climate change was for the last," said Brownback at the March 23 event hosted by the Heritage Foundation.
"ISIS' Genocide of Christians: The Past, Present and Future of Christians in the Middle East" brought together human rights experts, academics, and religious freedom advocates to examine how best to address the threats posed to religious minorities by extremist groups such as the Islamic State.