WASHINGTON DC (January 16, 2020) —Prepared floor remarks by Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley honoring National Religious Freedom Day:
Today is National Religious Freedom Day when we celebrate our nation’s long-standing commitment to religious freedom.
The First Amendment to the Constitution protects that right for Americans. Unfortunately, this fundamental right is under attack internationally.
Around the world, people are being persecuted for their faith by authoritarian dictatorships and terrorist groups. Countries like China, North Korea, and Russia restrict their citizens’ rights to practice their religion.
China, for example, plans to enforce additional restrictions on religious groups starting February 1.
I have legislation to require the US to work to block World Bank projects in wealthy countries like China and Russia that abuse religious freedoms.