American Abroad "The First Freedom: Promoting International Religious Liberty"

Sun, 09/13/2009 - 10:00pm

Freedom of religion is gospel in the U.S., and it's canonized in international law. There is growing evidence it helps create stable societies, and that religious repression in the world is a national security threat. Despite a U.S. law that commands the government to promote international religious freedom, the secular State Department hasn't quite found its calling. The First Freedom, airing Sunday, September 13 at 10 p.m. on AM1370/FM-HD91.5-2, visits Vietnam, where U.S. pressure has led to moderate religious reforms, and Pakistan, where promoting religious freedom takes a back pew to U.S. strategic interests.