When our Founding Fathers established the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America’s founding, they recognized the preeminent role that religious freedom holds in securing human liberty. A characteristic of tyrannical regimes throughout history has been the suppression of religious beliefs and practices; and contrarily, a foundational benchmark in free societies is the ability for free citizens to believe and worship as they please. But despite these foundational principles, there is a growing incursion by local governments and liberal courts upon our right to worship freely. Moreover, millions of people throughout the world live under regimes that deny them this fundamental human right. I believe the issue of religious liberty is a fundamental principle woven into the very fabric of our Republic, and I will continue to support policies that protect the right of individuals in America and throughout the world to exercise that freedom.
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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday two Coptic Churches in Egypt were bombed by ISIS. 43 people were killed and over 100 were wounded in the deadly attacks which corresponded with the Christian holy day: Palm Sunday. Founder and Chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, Congressman Trent Franks, issued the following statement:
Local eyewitnesses (along with Fox News, ARA News, and other outlets) are reporting that on Thursday last week in Mosul, Iraq, the Islamic State placed 19 Yezidi girls in iron cages and, before a crowd of hundreds, burned them alive for refusing to be their sex slaves. This is the state in which President Obama will leave the Middle East. It did not have to come to this, and would not have come to this if not for the serially heartless and incompetent decisions this President has made during his tenure as America’s Commander-in-Chief. Tragically, this will be his true legacy.
Washington, D.C. – On June 7, a bipartisan group of 18 House members – led by Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) – wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to prioritize religious freedom in India during his meeting tomorrow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, especially in light of ongoing violence and harassment against religious minorities, including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress, today released the following statement in light of the continued violence perpetrated by the terrorist group ISIS against Christians in Iraq, with some reports indicating the group is systematically beheading children.