Justin Raimondo: Christ Almighty! U.S. Foreign Policy vs. Middle East ChristianitySubmitted by Dixie-Paleocon on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 17:37
The US State Department has quietly ceased cataloging violations of religious freedom in its “Country Reports on Human Rights.” Of course, it’s just a coincidence that this comes at a time when Washington is allying with radical Islamists in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. As CNS reports:
“The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline Congress set for the release of these reports.
“The new human rights reports—purged of the sections that discuss the status of religious freedom in each of the countries covered—are also the human rights reports that include the period that covered the Arab Spring and its aftermath.
“Thus, the reports do not provide in-depth coverage of what has happened to Christians and other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East that saw the rise of revolutionary movements in 2011 in which Islamist forces played an instrumental role.
“For the first time ever, the State Department simply eliminated the section of religious freedom in its reports covering 2011 and instead referred the public to the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report — a full two years behind the times — or to the annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which was released last September and covers events in 2010 but not 2011.”
Part of the reason could be that the state of religious freedom in the US isn’t all that great since the Obama administration tried to force Catholic institutions — hospitals, clinics, etc. — to provide the “full-range” of contraceptive services, including abortion, to their employees. Then there’s the Chick-fil-a controversy, where the city governments of Chicago, New York, and San Francisco want to punish the company whose CEO opposes gay marriage on religious grounds.
Hostility to organized religion — unless you’re a Unitarian, or one of these guys — has long been a feature of contemporary American liberalism, but the kind of radical anti-clericalism that has roiled Europe (and Mexico) hasn’t reared its ugly head in this country until now. The Catholic Church is a favorite anti-clericalist target, but the State Department isn’t discriminating on sectarian grounds: they’ve simply eliminated accounts of all anti-Christian measures taken by foreign governments from their Country Reports.