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‘Together,’ U.S. secretary of state Michael Pompeo announced, ‘we say that freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock of societies.’

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews, February 7, 2020

Martin M. BarillasWASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Trump administration has announced a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that joins more than two dozen countries to push for religious tolerance and an end to religious persecution.

At an event on Wednesday, secretary of state Mike Pompeo stated while country representatives listened, “Together, we say that freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock of societies,” adding that it is outlined in the alliance’s Declaration of Principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Together, we have pledged to uphold the Declaration of Principles,” a joint statement read, “solidifying our collective commitment to object and oppose, publicly and privately, all abuses or violations of religious freedom.”

Pompeo said the alliance brings together “like-minded partners who treasure, and fight for, international religious freedom for every human being.”  ….

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