For BO to designate a country a CPC he'd have to know something about foreign
countries. His foreign policy mirror's bush's except for his groveling before
despots because he doesn't know what else to do. He's totally clueless.
The Obama administrations failure to adequately oppose the attempts of certain
Islamic countries to impose a world-wide ban on speaking ill of Islam should
disturbe people more than it does.Religious freedom has been
seriously undermined by the Obama administrations failures to proactively lobby
against such. Blasphemy laws do not just hurt non-Muslims. They
are as likely to be used as clubs by one Islamic group to impose its views and
interpretation on others. If we fail to speak up more forcefully many more
people will suffer the fate of the Amadiyah Muslims of Pakistan.
It would help if people recognized that this article merely reports what the
commission said in its reports. There may be legitmate reasons to not list
countries that torture and murder people for having what the country views as
unacceptable religious views, but the article is merely saying that this
commission criticized the failure to list.Some of the complainst
about this article seem to be a case of shooting the messenger.
The work of this organization is in line with the 12th article of faith. If we
claim the privalege of worshipping Almighty God and grant all others the
privalege to worship who, where or what they may, then we should be working to
promote the right of people to worhip freely in every country on the globe, and
if we do not than such words are just empty rhetoric.These are the
most important foriegn policy issues, and it is sad that the Ambassado-at-large
for Religious liberty is not given the same rank as other ambassadors at large.
I seriously would not be surprised at all to see the Administration just sit on
their hands and watch as the UN uses it's "Responsibility to protect"
doctrine to crack down on nations that want to preserve their religious freedom.
Worse yet... I would not be surprised to see us, and our military, get pulled
into these attacks and crack downs on people and nations that want religious
freedom, especially if these people who are in the religious minority.I suspect there will come a time shortly where Israel is under attack from her
neighbors... and we will just sit idly by, if not PARTICIPATE in the attempted
destruction of Israel... and just watch as religious minorities are wiped out in
Middle Eastern nations.The administration just shows no interest in
protecting religious freedom. Their only priority and interest seems to be...
"Don't offend Muslims at all costs".
Give the guy a break, he sent every cdc country an ipod with jeremiah's
No one should be surprised by findings reported in this article. Obama has been
very clear in his attitude towards the value of religious freedom.Everyone who cherishes freedom, whether religious or not, should be gravely
concerned about the trend away from valuing religious freedom. Religious
freedom is as important to all freedoms, as a single leg is to a three-legged
stool. One only needs to look at countries like Iran, Pakistan, and China to
understand this.it is frightening to have a president of the United
States, the one country which should be a standard for the world of what freedom
should look like, who does not hold great value in religious freedom.
For those who are interested in seeing just how bad things are in the CPCs and
the countries recommended to be CPCs, the full report is available now on the
USCIRF website (the link is at the beginning of the article).Also,
if you haven't clicked on the article's map graphic, you should take a look at
it.The report, by the way, was dedicated this way:"The
2011 Annual Report is dedicated to the memory of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani
Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs. Shahbaz was a courageous advocate for
the religious freedoms of all Pakistanis, and he was assassinated on March 2 by
the Pakistani Taliban for those efforts."
If this bipartisan report is a surprise to the faithful Obama_defenders out
there, or is denied outright... they need to look at what's going on around the
world, and that Obama and America is doing NOTHING to prevent abuse of religious
people/groups. Consider pulling your head out of the sand on this one and take
a look at reality. Obama does GREAT on some things internationally...
supporting religious freedom is just not one of them... admit it!He
doesn't have to be great at EVERYTHING. Maybe this just isn't his top priority
right now. Just because he's not great at THIS ONE THING... isn't the end of
the world!... I hope.
Marxists have always been hostile to religion. Obama or Hillary or anybody else
in this administration "saying" the right things, does not overcome
the fact that this administration is fairly hostile to religion and religious
freedom. Their acts speak much louder than their false words.
When Obama was running for president he promised to label the Armenian Genocide
a genocide. Each year he has refused to do so as President.
This article is unfair. Not listing certain countries on the CDC is a
diplomatic tactic, not a statement of Obama's lack of commitment to
international religious rights. Where is the counterpoint DN? A little more
nuanced journalism would be nice.
How many of these mean spirited CPCs receive U.S.aid with no strings attached?
obama is too busy taking vacations and thinking of how to redistribute the
wealth to his buddies and foreign nations.We're still not even to
the 8% unemployment that he promised borrowing and spending $5 Trillion was
going to fix.He promised to get us out of Iraq, we're still there.
He promised to get us out of Afghanistan, we're still there. He promised not to
meddle in foreign countries, we're in Libya, Korea, Germany, Japan, Philippines,
Columbia, Mexico, Pakistan, Georgia, Russia, China just to name a few. Yet he
stood by when Iran massacred it's people while Syrians are murdered by their
government, when China cracked down on its people.Do we have to
invade countries when tyrant governments murder their people. Well that's up to
us to decide. Should we at least say something about these violations?
Absolutely! Why not speak up against crimes? Against Murder? Against those who
take away freedom and make slaves out of humans?Remember we didn't
get our freedom until people spoke up and said something about it. We didn't get
freedom without other nations "interfering" in other peoples business.
@ FDRfan. Remember that it was Hillary Clinton during the last campaign that
started this birther issue with Obama during her debates with Obama! I agree
that it is silly and a waste of time but it was fellow liberal Hillary who was
enlightened enough to start it all! She also warned us that Obama was unprepared
and unqualified to lead this nation! According to recent polls, most Americans
now agree with Hillary on this!
We don't have time to devote to this silly stuff. It is far more important to
address the birther and college worthiness issues. We are too enlightened for
Give me a break, it is not our responsibility to fix the entire world. Obama's
administration is currently engaged in trying to set up free, democratic
governments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya. In addition, they have to
use as much pressure as possible against Iran and North Korea to ward off the
threat of nuclear attack. We don't have that much more diplomatic leverage to
give. Oh yeah, and he's trying to steer our own country back on course after
the disastrous policies of the previous administration. Besides, if he
dedicated a staff to investigate and make recommendations for this NGO's report,
I'm sure it would only be construed as a waste of taxpayer dollars.
So sad that the Mormon Times and the Deseret News have found yet another subject
by which to criticize the president. In their 2010 annual report, USCIRF
criticized the president, and Secretary Clinton for using the term "freedom
of worship" and quote both of them. In China, the president
said, We do not seek to impose any system of government on any other nation, but
we also don't believe that the principles that we stand for are unique to our
nation. These freedoms of expression and worship - of access to information and
political participation - we believe are universal rights. In her
December 14, 2009 address on human rights at Georgetown University, Secretary
Clinton said, "To fulfill their potential, people must be...free to
worship, associate, and to love in the way they choose." She also called
"for the rights to express oneself and worship freely" in China. Inher January 21, 2010 Internet freedom speech she said, "We must work to
advance the freedom of worship online just as we do in other areas of
life."Is "worship" a bad thing? I suppose it is
different than religion because it is done by an individual. Is that bad?
I don't think the US or Obama can list any country on a CDC without listing the
US among those listed. The US national security agency's, about 6 now, are among
the worst offenders of all freedoms, religious and civil.Can't see
that this list is really of any value anyway, as we have no right to meddle in
other nations policies and religious practices. It's not like there has been a
resurrection of Nazism. Some nations just have different religious preferences
that is nobody's business, unless you are a meddler.
A report criticizing OBama. Gosh, is that really news? I'd be really shocking
to see the current administration do anything of a statesman-like quality. I'd
cheer for them, should they ever do such.