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    A bill unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend religious protections to advocates of circumcision and ritual slaughter as well as atheists, addressing what its sponsors describe as an increase in religious persecution in recent years.

    The bill, passed Monday, would broaden the definition of “violations of religious freedom” in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the persecution of advocates of male circumcision or ritual animal slaughter. Atheists would become a new protected class.

    The measure, which moves to the Senate for consideration, was named for retired Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., a longtime champion of human rights who authored the 1998 law.

    “The world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of international religious freedom, a crisis that continues to create millions of victims; a crisis that undermines liberty, prosperity and peace; a crisis that poses a direct challenge to the U.S. interests in the Middle East, Russia, China and sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who authored the bill, said in a statement.

    There have been increasing calls in recent years in northern European countries for an end to circumcision and ritual slaughter, spurred in part by anti-Muslim hostility, U.S. government and European Jewish officials have said.

    READ: U.S. intervenes in Europe’s circumcision wars

    The bill’s tier system for how well or poorly countries protect religious freedom would be similar to the one used in the annual State Department report on human trafficking. That report is influential, and countries seeking the good graces of the United States strive to improve their ranking by cracking down on the practice.

    Smith is the chairman of the House subcommittee on human rights, and as a co-chairman of the Helsinki Committee, the congressional panel that monitors human rights overseas, has made the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe a focus.

    READ: Marginalizing extremists is priority as religions envoy, David Saperstein says

    Smith’s office, announcing the passage of the bill, headlined the statement “Combating Persecution of Christians and Anti-Semitism,” although many of its protections would extend in the current climate to moderate Sunni Muslims and non-Sunni Muslim sects in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar.

    READ: US religious freedom report: Anti-Semitism ‘major problem’ around globe

    Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., the bill’s lead Democratic sponsor, said in the same statement that the bill would “better address the religious freedom and violent extremism problems being experienced in the 21st century.”

    The bill integrates the 1998 law’s protections into U.S. national security priorities, mandating that the ambassador at large for religious freedom – currently Rabbi David Saperstein, a veteran Reform movement leader — report directly to the secretary of state. It also adds new requirements for presidential reporting to Congress on religious freedom violations and training for diplomats in identifying violations of religious freedoms.

    Because hurting / killing other stuff is the best and most free way to be religious.

    Saying someone is "Unmutilated" is like saying "Unsweet Tea". So you mean it's just Tea, in its natural state, that nobody has screwed up? It can't be Un- anything

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    hr 1150

    go annoy your senators to see if we can get it modified
    Saying someone is "Unmutilated" is like saying "Unsweet Tea". So you mean it's just Tea, in its natural state, that nobody has screwed up? It can't be Un- anything


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      Im nervous this bill could slow down the march of humanitys progress toward civilization think it could stop it?

      oh lets ask if Clitoredectomy Will also be protected

      or the beliefs of the Kopimists, which in my eyes are far less harmful then Genital mutilation.

      We might be able to turn the bill into a joke.

      oh curious question?

      Spanking, has been outlawed in a number of countrys, the USA does not seem ready to move to pass or even consider, such a law yet, but isnt arguing against other nations passing such laws.

      Spanking ALSO Has religious backing, if you look in the book of proverbs...

      Explain the incongruity.

      Is it because spanking SO Horribly damages the psyche, compared to the clear cut benefits of MGM?

      Or is it more likely, because theirs NO one making millions of $, off of manufacturing, canes, paddles, birches, or other implements, or otherwise profiting from corporal punishment?

      Yet the US is not rising up to defend it abroad.

      I leave it to you what I think?
      Last edited by RighteousMartyr; 06-14-2016, 09:00 PM.