Report puts ‘human face’ on global threats to religious freedom

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October 17, 2015

A Pakistani Christian boy holds a banner during a late March protest in Karachi after attacks on churches in Lahore. The U.S. State Department's annual report on the status of religious freedom around the world was released in Washington Oct. 14. (CNS photo/Shahzaib Akber, EPA) See WASHINGTON-LETTER Oct. 16, 2015.

A Pakistani Christian boy holds a banner during a late March protest in Karachi after attacks on churches in Lahore. The U.S. State Department’s annual report on the status of religious freedom around the world was released in Washington Oct. 14. (CNS photo/Shahzaib Akber, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religious freedom “extends way beyond mere tolerance,” said Secretary of State John Kerry Oct. 14 when announcing the U.S. State Department’s release of the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report.

He said it demands that faith practitioners “understand that they have no right to coerce others into submission, conversion, or silence, or to literally take their lives because of their beliefs.”

But coercion, violence and killings, in the name of religion, are occurring, as the dense congressionally mandated report outlines in its account of nearly 200 countries and territories.

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