NRB pledged to support the Trump administration’s efforts to advocate for religious liberty as U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo prepared to host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
The Ministerial, which commenced Tuesday and concludes today, has brought together government officials, religious leaders, rights advocates, and civil society organizations from around the world to discuss challenges, and to identify concrete means to address persecution of and discrimination against religious minorities, and promote greater respect for religious freedom for all.
On Monday, NRB commended the “powerful message” the Trump administration is making by holding the historic Ministerial – the first-ever such meeting dedicated to religious freedom.
“I am particularly grateful that you have chosen America’s first freedom – religious freedom – to be the focus of your first formal ministerial,” wrote Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president & CEO of NRB, in a letter to the Secretary of State.
“Religious liberty is a source of strength and stability for societies, and the focus that President Donald Trump and his administration have placed on this core principle sends a powerful message within our nation and to governments abroad,” Johnson said. “Indeed, this emphasis is needed now more than ever as affronts to freedom and human dignity grow more severe in many places around the globe.”
Johnson noted NRB members – with a cumulative weekly, worldwide audience of 60 million – “know firsthand the struggles” for religious freedom. NRB’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted a 2016 resolution which encouraged the United States government to advocate for religious freedom, and “to be loud and lucid in its condemnation of attacks on Christians and other religious minorities.”
In commending the leadership of Pompeo and Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Johnson pledged NRB is “committed to the amplification of this critical message through our members’ ministries. You will not be alone in this great cause.”
He concluded, “May the Lord bless your Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom,” noting he’s praying for “open hearts and consequential conversations” during the meeting. “I firmly believe the Lord has placed you and Ambassador Brownback in your positions for just this time in America’s history,” Johnson wrote.
For a PDF of Johnson’s letter to Pompeo, click here.
A full report on the Ministerial will be featured in the August 2 issue of NRB Today, and on the NRB.org website.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 26, 2018