As we have shared the vision for what the Religious Freedom Institute exists to do, we have emphasized the goal of taking compelling arguments for religious freedom and putting them forward in places that have impact.
This morning, I will have the opportunity to do just that.
I will testify before Congress on the role of International Religious Freedom Policy in addressing the global crisis of human rights and American national security. I will be addressing the House Committee on Foreign affairs as a witness before a hearing entitled: Human Rights Under Siege Worldwide.
I will argue before the Congress, as I have said before, that religious freedom stands at the core of what it means to be human. No person can live a fully human life with the right to seek God and to live in accord with the truth as he or she understands it.
Religious freedom protects this most fundamental right. It also promotes individual and societal human flourishing. When religious freedom is missing other social goods are missing, and when it is present human rights, democratic stability, and economic growth all are able to grow and undermine the causes that often drive violence and extremism. The work of promoting religious freedom really can work to keep Americans here at home safe.
You can read my full testimony and learn more about the hearing here: