U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf Statement on Vote to Reauthorize U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom


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Washington, D.C. (July 8, 2014) – Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today released the following statement after the House approved by voice vote a five-year reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which he helped establish in 1998 as part of the landmark International Religious Freedom Act.

“The broad support for this bill in the House is fitting for an issue so central to America’s own grand experiment in self-governance: the protection of religious freedom, which is often referred to as America’s ‘first freedom.’

“Sadly, one need only pick up the newspaper today to see how religious freedom is under assault globally.

“The terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not only gaining territory in Iraq but before our eyes is threatening the very existence of ancient faith communities in the region, including the centuries old Christian community.  Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled…

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