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 Travis Wussow and Matthew Hawkins
While both candidates have talked in vague terms about combatting the Islamic State, neither has enunciated a vision for promoting religious freedom as a common good that is severely deficient across the world. This need not be the case. Here are three ways the 45th president can leverage existing resources to advance this strategic value as an essential part of American foreign policy
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By Isaac Six
While Clinton’s comments may have only publicly confirmed a phenomenon that is accepted as a given by many practitioners of foreign policy, namely that human rights issues always play second or third fiddle to economic and security concerns, her statement was a rare public affirmation of the realpolitik approach which has defined much of Clinton’s career. It also helps us understand to a great degree Clinton’s likely approach to human rights generally, and issues of international religious freedom (IRF) more specifically, as president.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/3/an-opportunity-for-change-a-hillary-clinton-presidency-and-international-religious-freedom
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