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What is the state of religious freedom in Israel & the Arab world? Here’s what the media is not tell

Updated: Jul 25, 2019


Kehila News, Joel C. Rosenberg, July 23, 2019


(Washington, D.C.) — For the last several days, more than 1,000 Foreign Ministers, religious and civic leaders, academics and survivors of religious persecution from more than 100 countries have gathered in Washington for a State Department conference on advancing religious freedom.


Keynote speakers have included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Pence, U.S. Ambassador At Large For International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Yazidi survivor of ISIS Nadia Murad, Sheikh bin Bayyah (considered one of the most influential Sunni Muslim theologians in the world), and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 


I was also asked to be a keynote speaker, and was honored to do so. Here is the full text of my remarks. You can also watch the video of my remarks by clicking here(Amb. Brownback’s introduction begins at 32:40, and my remarks begin at 34:15 and run about 16 minutes.)


ADVANCING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE MIDDLE EAST: AN ISRAELI EVANGELICAL’S PERSPECTIVE


“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)


In an age of horrific attacks against Jews, Christians, Muslims and those of other religions, these words from the Book of Proverbs must be our mission.


To this end, I want to thank the President, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Ambassador Brownback for making the advancement of religious freedom a top global priority, and for holding this conference to let us speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.            


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