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Congress moves to create envoy for religious minorities

(JNS.org) In response to the rising tide of global anti-Christian violence, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is supporting H.R. 301, legislation that would direct the U.S. president to appoint a “Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia” within the State Department. “CUFI is deeply concerned about Christian communities that have been targeted for attack,” David Brog, executive director of CUFI, told JNS.org. “They are collapsing. This is a human rights crisis, a humanitarian disaster of the first order — yet the world is largely not paying attention.”  H.R. 301, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), passed in the House of Representatives in a 402-22 vote on Sept. 18, and is currently under review in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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