Congress Passes Key Bill to Combat Religious Persecution

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) in brown jacket, and Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) visit the 212 MASH Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Camp Bedrock, Bosnia-Herzegovina during their visit to the area. US Army via Flickr CC BY 2.0

A key religious freedom bill that would bolster the State Department’s ability to help counter terrorism and the increasing persecution of religious minorities throughout the world has been sent to President Barack Obama’s desk.

Both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate have passed the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, which is named after the former Virginia congressman who spent over two decades advocating for persecuted religious minorities across the globe.

The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., in the House in 2015 and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in the Senate in 2016, was co-sponsored by over 100 lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle and aims to strengthen and modernize the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

The House passed the legislation on Tuesday after it passed through the Senate unanimously last week. Read more at The Christian Post….

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