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WASHINGTON (RNS) Fifteen countries make the list of most egregious violators of religious liberty, compiled by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. But some of the most alarming oppression is committed by entities that can hardly be called countries.


    • Daniel Hoffman

      Israel made that list when the Commission had courage. AIPAC is about the same as the NRA and serves America’s interests equally well. Cross them and they will make you pay.

      • Yes. We would see countries like Israel, Russia, Uganda, etc. if this was a less Judeo-Christian list which blatantly aims to justify US foreign policy.

    • An Israeli is free to convert to Islam or any other religion, although it may not make him popular with is neighbors. I know of no Muslim country where a Muslim is free to convert to Judaism or any other religion. In most Muslim countries, one can be executed for conversion. Why are not more Muslim countries on the list?

      • The first officially atheist country in the world is a Muslim-majority country, Allan. And about your comment ‘an Israeli is free to convert to Islam or any other religion’; I don’t think that you are serious.

        • I doubt your Israeli. Why don’t you go to their country and see what they see, feel what they feel, and i hope you have the feeling of “Oh [expletive deleted] im surrounded by lots of countries that want to burn me because of what i believe”

  1. The US is not in the list, interesting. They burn the scripture of specific others, insult their sacred figures, and dehumanize their followers on a daily basis. It is seen as human rights to demonize people (when they are already ‘the they’).

    • Come on man! That is totally wrong!! I am a non-Christian brown guy who lived in USA for 13 years. I had complete freedom to practice my religion with out fear. You have probably never been to USA. Don’t talk non-sense!

  2. Wherever people or groups or Governments stop Christian missionaries converting people from other religion to Christianity those Governments violate religious freedom.. Funny USA… What r u doing in Iraq, Afghanisthan. U r not the saviour but u r the problem…

  3. It is shame to take this report as a report from USA. There are countries where hidden genocide is taking place due to their religion. Ethiopia Government backed by USA and Israel is committing hidden massacres in Ethiopian Muslim. The government is forcing the Muslim to change their religion to unknown deviant sect called ahbash. For two years, the government killed hundred of innocent Muslims, more than 5,000 are getting tortured, hundreds of thousands are fleeing to neighbor countries.Muslims civil servants who refuse to change their religion are sacked and displaced. Thousands of Muslim university students and hundreds of university lecturers are sacked from the university. USA and Europeans delegate themselves were there when the brutal military forces was taking place against the peaceful Muslim demonstration during Eid al fatir holiday. Most mosques in the country are given to the new sect followers. Because, we are Muslim, there is no power in the world to stop the genocide. There is media to record what is happening in different parts of the country.
    USA backed by sponsoring ahbash preachers from Lebanon and proving technical assistance. It is shame for USA , shame shame shame shame,,,,,,,,

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