Report finds administration failed to confront persecution of Christians

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A new report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan group, asserts that the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to persecution of Christians by Muslims in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as well as persecution of Christians in North Korea. …

Iran's new President Rouhani has not altered the country's anti-Christian policies under supreme leader Khamenei.

Iran’s new President Rouhani has not altered the country’s anti-Christian policies under supreme leader Khamenei.

The worst 16 countries that violated religious freedom were listed in the report. Iran, the report stated, had gotten even less tolerant after “purportedly moderate President Hassan Rouhani” ascended to the presidency last year. …

Saudi Arabia was targeted in the report, which stated, “Not a single church or other non-Muslim house of worship exists in the country.” Some Saudi Arabian textbooks in 2013 and 2014 “justified violence against apostates and polytheists and labeled Jews and Christians ‘enemies.’” Barack Obama never brought up the Saudi intolerance when he visited the country in March, despite the fact that a bipartisan group of 70 members of Congress asked him to discuss human rights with the Saudi government. …

Of North Korea, the report said: (The so-called hermit Kingdom) maintains a songbun system, which classifies families according to their loyalty to the Kim family; religious believers have the lowest songbun rating. Spreading Christianity is a political crime. Many religious believers are incarcerated in infamous penal labor camps. … Other countries mentioned on the list were Burma, China, Eritrea, Iraq, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

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