Source: Charisma News
Admittedly I am not familiar with Charisma News, but they seem to get some right and some wrong here. First, as Charisma News states, “federal law doesn’t define ‘religious persecution’ as it applies to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Now, several of those groups are asking the Supreme Court to take up the case of Xue Ting, a Chinese Christian who has sought asylum in America.” Moreover, according to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, if a person is under threat of punishment or death for practicing their faith, but they can do so in hiding they cannot get asylum from the United States.
This is CRAZY talk.
We need to do more to protect religious freedom abroad. Charisma News also states that “when it comes to American Christians whose religious liberty may be infringed upon, the U.S. Constitution, First Amendment and civil rights laws clearly define what constitutes religious persecution.” This too is CRAZY talk. The current state of things leaves much to desire in regards to religious freedom — just ask the florist that could lose her business for following her faith, or the baker that can’t live out his faith, or the nuns that were required to offer birth control (until recently).
The truth is, while America has freedoms not available anywhere else, America still has a lot to learn when it comes to religious freedom.