Democrats: Start Talking about International Religious Freedom

Democrats: Start Talking about International Religious Freedom
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As the Iowa caucuses approach, the Democratic presidential field continues to churn. Candidates try to clarify their stances on a variety of issues, to stand out from the pack. But one area remains ignored: international religious freedom.

Even though many see it as a conservative cause — thanks in part to the Trump administration’s emphasis on it — religious freedom abroad presents an opportunity for a Democratic presidential candidate. The cause appeals to religious voters, will help distinguish the candidate’s foreign policy and will provoke a much-needed debate on religion in politics. It’s time for Democrats to start talking about international religious freedom.

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