China is the Most Dangerous Place for Religious Liberty

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

China is the most dangerous place for Religious Liberty.

According to Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, one of the most dangerous places in the world for religious liberty is China.

Brownback spoke on the role of the United States concerning international religious liberty at Dallas Baptist University on Tuesday night (Oct. 16).

Speaking at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) at the University, Brownback highlighted the work the current administration is doing in regards to religious liberty around the world. He specifically highlighted the release of Pastor Brunson in Turkey and the recent Ministerial hosting at the State Department earlier this year.

Brownback said the increasing usage of the political education camps in China among the Uyghur Muslims, coupled with the burning of Bibles and tearing down of crosses among Christians, is cause for alarm.

Brownback noted the advancement of artificial intelligence. The technology in and of itself concerns the Ambassador. He also shared about developers’ potential willingness to export their technology to nations and entities around the world, which only adds to his growing concern.

Before taking his current position, Brownback served as Governor of Kansas from 2011 to 2018 and as a U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1996 to 2011.

Brownback noted how this role, at this time, was one of the most pivotal of his career. He shared a study conducted by Pew Research that indicated that eight in ten people on the planet live under a government that restricts religion in some form or fashion.

While the U.S. does not proselytize individuals into one religion or another, it does champion an individual’s right to decide, being a fundamental right, Brownback said.

Dr. Nick Pitts, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement, shared how the evening’s lecture was a capstone to a remarkable day. He elaborated on the various meetings that took place during the day, sharing how organizations from across the Dallas area met on campus with Ambassador Brownback to share their concerns from their experiences within their work around the world.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Michael Ireland