- Aug 3, 2020
Vatican officials should think twice about dealing with the Chinese government, according to Trump’s top official for religious liberty.
China on Monday said it will ban entry to U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Representative Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback over their criticism of the ruling Communist Party’s policies toward minority groups and people of faith.
Top U.S. State Department officials singled out China as one of the world’s worst offenders of religious freedom because it had subjected religious minorities to imprisonment and forced labor.
The United States is asking other nations to release what one ambassador called religious “prisoners of conscience” to prevent their infection with the coronavirus.
Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some houses of worship have persisted in holding in-person services — a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Even as President Donald Trump sharply challenged the faith of his political opponents this week, he was drawing new attention to a religious issue that he’s staked repeated claim to: the global freedom to worship.