By Judd Birdsall
But what about beyond America’s shores? The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, signed by President Bill Clinton, enshrined combating persecution and promoting religious freedom for all people everywhere as core U.S. foreign policy objectives. And the act lists specific responsibilities for the president. This raises the question: After a campaign full of battles over belief, will the next president be able to liberate our global promotion of religious liberty from our domestic culture wars?
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By Robert Nicholson
The prospect of a Hillary Clinton victory at the polls has international religious freedom advocates scrambling to understand how her presidency will affect their issue. Any assessment is fraught with speculation, but, unlike the Republican candidate, Clinton has a substantial public record upon which one might hazard a guess.
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By Steve Oshana
Not all religious persecution is created equal and, more often than not, the response of an administration comes down to a matter of reconciling American foreign policy interests with the humanitarian interests of a just and decent country. Sadly, there’s a calculus, one that dictates we look the other way at religious persecution when the perpetrator is an American ally, and unfortunately for religious freedom activists, some of the worst global actors happen to be allies of the United States. If there’s one word to describe Hillary Clinton that would be met with near unanimous agreement it’s that she is calculating, some would say to a fault.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/1/congress-a-rabbi-and-vladimir-putin-walk-into-a-bar-religious-freedom-and-the-clinton-presidency
By Johnnie Moore
While there is much, and justified, concern within the humanitarian and security communities about the potential effects of Donald Trump’s rhetoric in further facilitating a “holy war” narrative within the Middle East, it would be wrong to view rhetoric alone as our only foreign policy consideration.
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By Alberto Fernandez
A Hillary Clinton Administration promises a return to the Washington consensus of the foreign policy elite in a way that neither an Obama Administration did nor a potential Trump Administration promised. This new administration will face immediate challenges involving Russia, the Middle East, China, and the seeming unraveling of the international world order. And while international religious freedom, as a standalone objective, can match any of these priorities, it impacts and influences many of them.
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