Biden Administration Inherits Religious Freedom Emphasis

This photo shows a Uighur woman in Xinjiang, China. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alior/, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

In June of 2020, the Trump administration issued an executive order proclaiming international religious freedom as a prominent U.S. foreign policy issue. The statement garnered little attention at the time, as the George Floyd protests consumed the nation’s attention. Read the order here.

The statement aligns with the general attitude of the Trump administration towards religious freedom internationally. It often pushed for greater cooperation and dialogue between countries about religious freedom, as well as higher accountability.

A new administration

Today marks the beginning of a new presidential administration in the U.S., as Joe Biden is inaugurated. How will this affect U.S. policy on international religious freedom? Rex Rogers of SAT-7 USA says, “In general, I have always appreciated the Trump’s administration’s support for religious freedom internationally. And I’m hoping under the Biden administration there will be a continuation of support for what we’d call First Amendment freedoms, or what the UN would call basic human rights.”

Some members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom believe Biden, a Catholic, will continue this stance while making several policy changes in other areas. The administration will face a major test of religious freedom policy immediately: China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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