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Panel discussion on Tolerance: A Key to Religious Freedom

Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:30 am -11:00 am

Presented by Religion News Foundation / Religion News Service

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  • Host and Introductions: Thomas L. Gallagher, CEO, Religion News Foundation / CEO & Publisher, Religion News Service
  • Moderator: Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

With panelists

  • The Honorable Frank Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and former Member of Congress
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, Former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
  • Dr. John Sexton, President Emeritus, New York University; President, The Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education
  • Joyce Dubensky, Esq., CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding


U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
732 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20401

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The event is open to the public and media. For more information on the event or media inquiries specific to the event, please contact Tom Gallagher at thomas.gallagher@religionnews.com.

For media inquiries related to USCIRF, please contact, Judy Golub at media@uscirf.gov.

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  • Truth&facts are key to Religious Freedom but USIRF tolerates neither truth nor facts. USIRF reports fail basic fact checking test. Few examples:-
    1) Event: Sexual abuse of 20+ kids in India.
    US Dept of State 2008 Religious Freedom report paints Pastor Jacob John as innocent & vilified complainant.
    Fact: Pastor John Jacob faces charges of abusing 53 kids. 1 child is pregnant and 4 children died. Most of the cases are handled by Nagaland Police. India’s Nagaland State has 90%+ xtian population.

    2)Event: Attack on Hindu Monastery,Orissa,India: Massacre of 5 ppl incl 82yrold Monk, Woman &

    USCIRF portrayal: USCIRF Villifies 82yrold Monk. Defend accused & doubt court judgement without providing any facts.
    Fact: Court found 7 Christians, linked with maoist terror group, guilty of Jalespesta Hindu Massacre.

    3) Event: Tripura National liberation front, a christian terror group in india, attacks hindu ashram and kills head monk Swami Shanti Kali. All 18 branches of Shanti Kali Mission were forcibly closed.
    USCIRF coverage: none

    4) In last 15 years, 0 christians and 224 hindus are killed in place of worship attack in india but USCIRF reports give a very different impression.

    5) In 2014, 267 temples and 15 churches were vandalized/theft in Delhi attack but USCIRF report gives different impression.

    6)Event: Terrorist Attack at Bodhgaya India
    USCIRF portrayal: “NIA arrested Hindu priest.Protest ensued &..Priest released.”
    Fact: India Mujahideens arrested.Anti-attack vigil ensued.

    7) Event:99acre land to build Safe Shelter for Hindu Pilgrims in amarnath,
    USCIRF portrayal: Lends voice to claims of terror outfits. Shows no concern for Pilgrim security and religious freedom to worship without fear.
    Fact:Amarnath piligrim massacre & terror attack on temp shelters is a recurring event.

    8) Event: 1980s Khalistan Sikh radical Terrorism,Punjab,India
    USCIRF portrayal: Victim: Muslims Accused: Hinduity
    Fact: Muslims are neither victim nor accused in Khalistan terrorism. 100s of Hindus passengers pulled out of Bus/Trains & shot dead in dozens of terror attacks. Total number of death exceeds 21,000.

    9) Event: Kashmir Islamist Terrorism
    USCIRF stmt: “Not a religious problem”
    Fact: Religion is the main factor.