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May 09, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing a need to establish religious rights and freedoms in the Arab world, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today, through a Dear Colleague letter, called on his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to support S. Res. 150, a resolution he introduced on April 14, 2011 that seeks to protect religious freedoms and rights, and advocates the repeal of existing blasphemy laws.

“We must advocate for and protect freedom of religion around the world,” said Inhofe.  “Unfortunately, a byproduct of the Egyptian revolution has been instances of severe religious freedom violations.  These violations have been violent in nature without the current government pursuing any form of justice.  Indeed, across the Middle East and elsewhere, we must encourage and promote religious freedom, especially in countries that pose a particular concern for religious rights.  The Arab Spring has provided an opportunity in which previously oppressed citizens are seeking greater freedoms of speech, press, and assembly.  We must encourage religious freedom to also be included, and the United States must do what we can to encourage these increased freedoms.  That is why I encourage my Senate colleagues to support this resolution and speak with a unified voice for these rights.” 


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