The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom just released its annual report, which recommends U.S. foreign policy.
“[USCIRF] recommendations now go to the State Department, and the State Department will determine whether they’re going to accept the recommendations,” The Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton says.
Familiar names showed up in this year’s report. “The countries that they (USCIRF commissioners) talk about are countries on The Voice of the Martyrs USA prayer map,” Nettleton says.
“They’re places where our Christian brothers and sisters are persecuted, so, in that sense, it was not a surprise.”
For example, recommending Afghanistan as a Country of Particular Concern, or CPC made sense. Taliban rule is deadly. “Challenges are pronounced with the Taliban in control of the country,” Nettleton says.
“The Taliban thinks that if you were born in a Muslim family and are not a practicing Muslim anymore, you’re an infidel. You should be given one chance to return to Islam, and if you don’t accept that chance, you should be killed.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray the USCIRF recommendations lead to government action and subsequent religious freedom for persecuted Christians.