State Department Religious Freedom Report Spotlights ‘Horrific’ Situation in Iran


(Worthy News) - Iran and Saudi Arabia were among the Middle Eastern countries whose records on religious freedom were severely criticized on Tuesday, with the publication of the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2017.

In remarks at a press briefing to introduce the annually-compiled report, Sam Brownback — the former Kansas governor and senator who was confirmed as US ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom this past February — highlighted the fact that “Saudi Arabia does not recognize the right of non-Muslims to practice their religion in public and imprisons, lashes, and fines individuals for apostasy, blasphemy, and insulting the state’s interpretation of Islam.”

Turning to Iran — the Shi’a rival of Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies — Brownback painted a grim picture of life for religious minorities in the Islamic Republic. [ Source: Algemeiner (Read More...) ]

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