Do not take the First Amendment for granted

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued its 2012 annual report, and the news is not good:

Across the global landscape, the pivotal human right of religious freedom was under escalating attack. To an alarming extent, freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief was being curtailed, often threatening the safety and survival of innocent persons, including members of religious minorities.

USCIRF Annual Report

Over at, Doug Bandow reminds us why this is important and disturbing news:

[R]eligious liberty is an important indicator of political freedom and other human rights. A society and state which refuse to respect the most fundamental right of conscience in religion are unlikely to respect it elsewhere. Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If people are oppressed because of their religious faith, they are likely to be victimized for holding other unpopular beliefs.

Doug Bandow, via


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