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Profile of Katrina Swett, Mormon chair of the US religious freedom commission

Catholic World News - November 06, 2012

A Utah newspaper has published a profile of Katrina Lantos Swett, a Jewish convert to Mormonism who was named chair of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom in March.

“I crossed party lines to nominate Katrina for the chairmanship,” said Robert George, a Catholic and a Princeton University professor who also serves on the commission. “She and I agree on a lot of issues.”

Together, Swett and George have worked to counter increased repression in Russia and to support the rights of believers to convert to other faiths.

“Sometimes the threat to religious freedom comes from the community that claims jurisdiction over the individual,” says George.

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