• Warning from Afar: As China Denies Religious Liberty, America Must Guard Her’s

    Surge Summary: As China’s ongoing policy of persecution of religious individuals within its borders is once again brought into the spotlight, U.S. Attorney General William Barr is re-emphasizing the importance of Americans’ religious freedom – along with other civil liberties.

    by Gary Bauer

    Defending Faith

    As many of you know, I am proud to be one of three people appointed by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  One of the Commission’s responsibilities every year is to examine the condition of religious liberty around the world and to report on countries that are engaged in ongoing violations of the basic human right.

    This year’s annual report was released today. It highlights countries where there have been improvements, like Sudan, which has gotten rid of a radical Islamist government. It also highlights countries we are deeply worried about, like Nigeria, whose Christians are being systematically murdered by Boko Haram and other jihadist groups.

    But for several years now, one country has been in a category all by itself — communist China.

    China has effectively declared war on all faiths. It doesn’t matter whether you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or a follower of a spiritual movement like Falun Gong, the Chinese communists demand that you remain loyal to the Communist Party above all else.

    Beijing’s communist bosses are also using technology to enhance their persecution, establishing a literal surveillance state.

    Of course, China has been in the news a lot lately for exporting the coronavirus all over the world, causing untold human suffering and economic ruin.  It is also trying to export its influence, using military might and financial power to intimidate other countries into following the Chinese model of oppression rather than the American model of liberty under God.

    The clash between these two world views will determine what kind of world our children live in. …

    Standing For Freedom

    Attorney General William Barr has instructed U.S. attorneys to safeguard our civil liberties and prosecute any infringements of our rights being imposed under the guise of the Covid-19 pandemic.  In a memo to prosecutors, Barr wrote:

    “Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public.  But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.”

    One example of what Barr is concerned about is how churches have been singled out for different treatment.  Why is it okay for people to gather at Walmart but not at church?  In other cases, people who own vacation homes have been prevented from visiting them.

    Protecting public health and preserving civil liberties in a pandemic is a balancing act to be sure.  But I cringed when New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy defended his lockdown orders by telling Tucker Carlson, “I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this.”

    I can’t imagine any conservative uttering those words.  Elections have consequences, my friends.  And if fascism ever comes to America, it won’t come from the conservative, small government right, but from the big government, progressive left that is also increasingly intolerant of free speech and religious liberty.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: Øyvind Holmstad – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61566901

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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