US Senate reauthorizes religious freedom commission
December 19, 2011
The United States Senate has voted to reauthorize the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which documents violations of religious freedom around the world.
Despite broad bipartisan support, the commission’s existence had been threatened for months because a single lawmaker had prevented a reauthorization vote. Several media outlets have reported that the lawmaker was Sen. Richard Durbin, a Catholic from Illinois.
- US Senate votes to reauthorize Religious Freedom Commission (Vatican Radio)
- U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Will Not Be Closed: Panel Saved By Congress Vote (RNS)
- US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
- Catholics urged to lobby on behalf of religious freedom commission (CWN, 12/13)
- Jeff Mirus: Commission on Religious Freedom Indispensable? Oh Come Now... (On the Culture, 12/13)
- Senate may kill US religious freedom commission (CWN, 10/19)
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