Many presidents have touted the benefits of international religious liberty, but few have made it a genuine national and international priority. Nearly 80% of the world’s population lives in a religiously restricted environment. Moreover, increasing data suggest that the problem is worsening: government restrictions and social hostilities on religious freedom have increased over the past decade.
Last year, the Trump administration suggested conditioning foreign aid on meeting certain standards of religious liberty. Moreover, for the first time ever, President Donald Trump focused on religious liberty for all faiths as the basis of his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly, arguing that the international community can, and should, do better.