|11/22/2010: Clinton Applauded for Report on Religious Liberty - Crosswalk|
The State Department issued its annual report on global religious liberty Nov. 17, specifying the many abuses -- along with some improvements -- among 198 countries. Baptist Press reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her silence on the issue and spoke out for a broad view of religious liberty. The annual report, however, did not designate any "countries of particular concern" (CPCs), a category reserved for the most severe violators of religious freedom. No country has been named since President Obama's inauguration. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a nine-member panel that reports to the Congress and administration on religious rights overseas, welcomed Clinton's "strong language stressing all facets of religious freedom," said Leonard Leo, the panel's chairman.