As the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom gets underway this week, RFI President Thomas Farr took a few moments to speak on the Don Kroah Show about the significance of this unprecedented gathering. After noting its scale – with more than one hundred foreign ministers represented and hundreds of NGOs participating – Farr explained why the Ministerial is needed and what it is intended to achieve.
“The sum total of all this is to develop an international consensus on what I said a little bit earlier: religious freedom is good for everybody. The problem of course is that there is a perfect storm of resistance to it all over the world.”
“We are having five side events on a variety of issues,” says Farr. “The idea here is to get people to see what a multi-faceted issue this thing of religious freedom is and why it is important for everybody.”
Farr concluded the interview by highlighting a staggering statistic from the Pew Research Center that in itself represents a call to action: “[A]lmost 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious freedom doesn’t exist at all….This is a crisis and one that merits the attention of all American citizens.”
Listen to the full interview below: