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My view: UN Human Rights Council includes religious freedom abusers

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 18, 2014 1:23 a.m.

    Nothing abuses human rights like religion. Just ask the folks of Brunei, facing Sharia law.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 18, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Hutterite

    You could be more specific and mention that it is the Islamic religion that is the biggest religious abuser of human rights today. Not all religions are guilty of human rights abuses. Especially in todays world.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 18, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    The Constitution of the United States of America specifically forbids our government from being involved with an establishment of religion. If this is true, how can there be a
    "U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)?" And how can we participate in the "UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)?"

    The government of the USA has no business interfering with the religions of other nations.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 18, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Ultra Bob

    No, except I would argue when certain religions of the world have as one of their tenents the destruction of our country. Then mixing a little politics with religion might be in order. We can't ignore an enemy of the state just because they fly under the banner of being a certain religion.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    June 18, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    While it's certainly true that the states you cite have exceedingly problematic track records regarding religious freedom, a UN council could be a positive thing for them. Shouldn't those states be part of the international conversation.