The congressionally approved watchdog for global religious liberty is still alive.
The House of Representatives passed Oct. 4 a continuing spending resolution for the second time in a week that maintains the existence of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
The latest appropriations measure, approved by the House and Senate and signed into law Oct. 5 by President Obama, contains a provision extending authorization of USCIRF through Nov. 18. The commission’s authorization initially had been set to end Sept. 30.
The spending bill continues to fund the federal government until Nov. 18.
USCIRF has played a major role in bringing attention to the persecution of Christians and other faith adherents since it was established by the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998. The bipartisan panel advises the White House, State Department and Congress on the condition of religious freedom overseas. Among its responsibilities is to recommend to the State Department governments that it believes qualify as “countries of particular concern,” a designation reserved for the world’s worst violators of religious liberty.
Source: Baptist Press | Tom Strode