Ambassador Brownback on the fight for religious freedom


>>Mike: PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CALLING OUT WORLD LEADERS AND DEMANDING ACTION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. PIERCE CHIEF RELIGIOUS CORRESPONDENT LAUREN GREEN WITH MORE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS EVENT, INCLUDING FIRST-HAND STORIES FROM VICTIMS OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION AROUND THE WORLD.>>REGRETTABLY, THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ENJOYED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS IS WHERE IN THE WORLD.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKING ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT THE UNITED NATIONS, HIGHLIGHTING THE SCOURGE OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION AROUND THE WORLD. HE SAYS NEARLY 80% OF PEOPLE LIVE IN COUNTRIES PARTIAL OR HIGHLY RESTRICTED TO RELIGIONS. THREE VICTIMS GIVING FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS. A CHRISTIAN IN IRAN DESCRIBING A GOVERNMENT RATE AT CHRISTMAS TIME.>>THE AUTHORITIES SEPARATED MEN FROM WOMEN, CONDUCTING STRIP SEARCHES, USING ALL THE BIBLES AND CONFISCATING ALL PERSONAL ITEMS.>>A JEWISH RABBI FROM YEMEN CONFRONTED WITH A LIFE ALTERING DECISION.>>IN ONE PROVINCE, JEWS WERE GIVEN THREE CHOICES, CONVERT TO ISLAM, LEAVE OR FACE.>>MUSLIM IN CHINA SING MILLIONS OF WORKERS AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES ARE BEING HELD IN GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATION CAMPS.>>THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TARGETS RELIGION TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE OF FAITH DO NOT ANSWER TO ANY GREATER POWERS THAN THE COMMUNIST PARTY.>>MANY COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA AND IRAN MASK RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION BY CALLING IT ANTITERRORISM OR STATE SECURITY. A HIGH-PROFILE EXAMPLE, THE CASE OF PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON, HELD IN TURKEY FOR TWO YEARS ON TERRORISM CHARGES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USED THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO SECURE HIS RELEASE IN OCTOBER 2018. THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED AT THE MEETING THE NEWLY FORMED INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALLIANCE INVITING COUNTRIES WITH SHARED VALUES TO JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. IN NEW YORK, LAUREN GREEN, FOX NEWS.>>Mike: PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO ANNOUNCING THE ALLOCATION OF AN ADDITIONAL $25 MILLION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. JOINING ME NOW, U.S. AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, SAM BROWNBACK. STIR AMBASSADOR, GREAT TO HAVE YOU.>>WAS A PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU.>>Mike: VICE PRESIDENT PENCE TOOK AIM AT BEIJING TODAY, LET’S LISTEN.>>THE COMMUNIST PARTY IN CHINA HAS ARRESTED CHRISTIAN PASTORS, BANNED THE SALE OF BIBLES, DEMOLISHED CHURCHES AND IMPRISONED MORE THAN A MILLION IN THE MUSLIM POPULATION.>>Mike: WHAT’S BEEN DONE TO CONFRONT CHINA’S CRACKDOWN ON BOTH CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS?>>WE ARE RAISING THIS ISSUE, WHERE PUSHING IT FORWARD TOMORROW HERE AT THE U.N., THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE WILL BE HOSTING AN EVENT JUST ABOUT WHAT IS TAKING PLACE TO THE WEAKER MUSLIM POPULATION, PRIMARILY MUSLIM POPULATION THERE. AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO RAISE THIS ISSUE AND BUILD ALLIANCES OF OTHER INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES THAT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT’S TAKING PLACE TO THEIR RELIGIOUS ADHERENCE THAT ARE ACTIVE IN CHINA. CHINA IS AT WAR WITH FAITH, BUT IT IS A WAR THEY WILL NOT WIN. WE ARE CONFRONTING THEM IF YOU GOT A GROWING ALLIANCE OF OTHER COUNTRIES THAT ARE JOINING US.>>Mike: FROM EVERYTHING I’VE READ, CHRISTIANS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED AND CHURCHES ARE BEING DESTROYED ALL ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST. WHAT’S YOUR ASSESSMENT?>>WELL, YOU’VE HAD REALLY DECADES NOW OF CHRISTIANS FLEEING, BEING FORCED OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST. THERE WAS A BRITISH REPORT RECENTLY OUT THAT SAID IT’S NEAR OF WHAT’S TAKING PLACE FOR THE CHRISTIAN POPULATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO NOW IS TO TRY AND STABILIZE THE POPULATION AND TO ALSO PUSH A NUMBER OF THE MUSLIM-DOMINATED COUNTRIES TO OPEN UP THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SPACE, TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW PEOPLE OF OTHER PRACTICES TO BE ABLE TO LIVE THERE, TO WORSHIP THEIR FREELY AND TO BE PROTECTED. IF THEY’VE GOT TO PROTECT THEIR POPULATION SO THEY ARE NOT FORCED TO FLEE.>>Mike: IN YOUR VIEW HOW BIG OF A DAY WAS AT TODAY THE UNITED NATIONS?>>IT WAS A BIG DAY. WITH THE SECRETARY GENERAL ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT REALLY PUSHING THIS TOPIC OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. IT’S ONE THING FOR US AS THE UNITED STATES TO PUSH THIS, BUT YOU HAVE THE SECRETARY GENERAL AND A BROADER BODY THAT WAS OVER 100 COUNTRIES IN THIS MEETING THAT THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED, PUSHING FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. WE WILL FOLLOW IT WITH THE EVENT TOMORROW, WE WILL HAVE A BUSINESS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EVENT ON WEDNESDAY. I THINK THIS IS REALLY US USING TACTICALLY THE U.N. ON A MAJOR ISSUE BUT THE WORLD NEEDS TO ENGAGE.>>Mike: DAN SPINELLI WRITES IN MOTHER JONES, WHILE THEY ARE QUICK TO HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN ADVERSARIES LIKE NICARAGUA AND VENEZUELA, AS TRUMP DID IN HIS MONDAY SPEECH, THEY OFTEN FAIL TO MENTION AN ALLY WHICH PEW RATES IS ONE OF THE WORST SUPPRESSORS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, SAUDI ARABIA. WHAT ABOUT THE SAUDIS ON THIS ISSUE?>>THE SAUDIS ARE NOT GOOD ON THIS ISSUE. THEY ARE A COUNTRY OF PARTICULAR CONCERN, WHICH IS OUR LOWEST CATEGORY. IF THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITHOUT A CHURCH, A SINGLE ONE. AND WE RAISE THIS ALL THE TIME WITH THE SAUDIS. THE THING THAT WE DO WITH THE SAUDIS AS WE PRESS THEM AND WOULD TRY TO DO SO EFFECTIVELY. AND I THINK YOU’RE STARTING TO SEE SOME OPENINGS TAKING PLACE. I’M NOT GOING TO OVERSELL WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE, BUT THE LANGUAGE IS CHANGING IN SOME OF, I THINK THE ACTIONS I HOPE WILL FOLLOW.>>Mike: YOU’VE HAD A LONG CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE, SIR. TELL ME HOW BIG OF A JOB THIS IS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU.>>THIS JOB IS CRITICAL TO ME, AND I THINK IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB THAT I’VE HELD IN MY LIFETIME BECAUSE IT AFFECTS BILLIONS OF PEOPLE. IF THAT 80% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION LIVES IN A RELIGIOUSLY RESTRICTED ATMOSPHERE. IT YOU’VE GOT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING KILLED. RIGHT NOW, JUST FOR SIMPLY TRYING TO PEACEFULLY PRACTICE THEIR FAITH. THIS IS THE TIME FOR US TO STAND UP. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES LEAD AND WE NEED OTHER COUNTRIES TO JOIN THIS INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALLIANCE TO

76 thoughts on “Ambassador Brownback on the fight for religious freedom

  • This is a joke. Instead of promoting science and evidence, they are promoting fairy tales. And I thought god or Allah has invincible powers. Why aren't they doing anything

  • Longtime Liberty officials close to Falwell told me the university president has shown or texted his male confidants—including at least one employee who worked for him at Liberty—photos of his wife in provocative and sexual poses. These men are not called by god but by money to enrich themselves and make a mockery out of the WORD. They turn people from the WORD.

  • ambassador brown-nose: please explain to all of us why if trump is super genius…..we can't see his grades, super honest….. we can't see the Mueller report without edits..super rich……we can't see his tax returns….

  • I got an idea how about we flood the few countries that have religious freedom with the one religion that's committing all the crimes and atrocities, that will help, right?

  • First of all, religion is man-made . . . Christianity is a RELATIONSHIP with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Religion accomplishes NOTHING but gives mankind a false sense of self by deceiving them in believing their religion will save their soul — it will not.

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. — John 14:6-7

  • Here's a fact: there are more Christian martyrs every year than there are martyrs of any other religion. This year included.
    Every year, hundreds of Christians, maybe thousands, are murdered simply because they believe in Christ and arent afraid to say it out loud. We dont actually have the real numbers, just vague info from our (underground) Christian communities in N Korea, China, and other nasty places. But even so, its clear that its mostly Christians who are getting killed for their beliefs the most, globally. And this is a fact most people simply ignore.

  • Religious freedom is the #1 most important freedom we have and all people of the world should demand to have as well. Great lifes work Pastor. God bless you an all your efforts.

  • Atheists were not mentioned at the assembly. And, I believe that was an oversight. Religious freedom is equally important for those who choose not believe. For, atheists are persecuted, as well

  • How about we pay more attention to the environment that is more important to humanity than some stupid fairy tales stories and believes?

  • Obviously, many things happened before me, and obviously, many things will happen beyond me. Self-evidently, at least from my perspective, I played a small part in everything.

  • atheists are just as intolerant of others like they claim theists are…

    atheists comprise 90 percent on the netherlands and denmark, even so, there is a HUGE pedophile and kid porn epidemic there!!

    well documented!!

    but they dont bring that up!

    christians are now the most persecuted religion group in the WORLD, but that also gets ignored.

    mankind has a NEED for existential hope, and as long as he does, religon will never leave!

  • Worship whoever you want, just don't try to force your beliefs on others, or tell people how to live or who to love.

  • 😎
    1st they came for distraction
    🤗
    Then they came for hugs
    👫
    🙏
    Lastly they came for
    👽
    In Area 51
    But…..
    🛸
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Managed to escort them away
    😉

  • Our diplomats need to try to work out arrangements on a country-by-country basis for the worst violators. We can't expect Western-style religious freedom in most of them, but there needs to be progress towards allowing religious minorities to practice their faith free from government and/or terroristic threats.

  • China wants total control, like the Catholic Church used to have. And the Demo’s wants the same kind of control here in the USA. Congress has already taken down signs of Religion all over our country.

  • Religious freedom, like every other identity crusade, is only pushed in western countries, it's stupendously naive to think islamic / communist countries will allow such freedoms, just ain't gonna happen and there's nothing western leader can do about it!

  • America doesnt have religious freedom ask any baker that wont bake a cake for homosexuals. Or the Pastor in NY that was arrested fot publically preaching in the street. The list goes on.

  • I care less if you believe in a cow, ice cream truck, or a tree, as long as you believe in something that gives you morals.

  • I mean I'm sitting here wondering how we're going to get by on our own planet and then you got all these complete morons who of course at just have to obsess about me

  • And I've seen literal spiders staring at people in single places for long periods of time I had of all this cuz they just don't know what to make of you after all

  • I would like to see them fix first freedom of religion in our own country and then worry about the rest of the world. Lead by example.

  • Who didn't see this one coming? Next thing Man will try to put God on trial… Yeah I will strongly not want to be in their shoes.

  • You don't have to leave the states to see a disregard for religious freedom , just look at the California legislature and their recent law to throw out choice about healthcare.

  • Suck all the oil out of the Middle East and then see how they act. This has been the plan for years. Then countries like the USA Russia and China will have the oil production.

  • Paganism= the practice of worshiping multiple gods.

    Pagan nation= a nation that allows the worship of multiple gods.

    Freedom of religion= the right to worship whichever god you choose.

    The United States of America is and has always been a Pegan nation, hints why your nation is currently burning itself to the ground.

    ALLAHU AKBAR!

  • And all the while Trump is rolling around under the covers with people who want to make noahide laws law in the USA. This guy is a bad trip.

  • All of the promises of God are yes and amen. Be strong and courageous our fight is not against flesh and blood. But against principalities and Powers of rulers in Dark Places. Don't get discouraged or fighting at the good fight. The commander of all the angels has our backside and our front and our side and all around. When you get in trouble call out to Jesus you'll be there because he's God

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