Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace July 30 in Washington. Clinton delivered remarks on the state of religious freedom around the world, on the occasion of the release of the '2011 International Religious Freedom Report.'
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the world is “sliding backwards” when it comes to guaranteeing religious freedom, while the issue in her own country is reaching the boiling point.
Speaking July 30 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the former first lady said, “When we consider the global picture and ask whether religious freedom is expanding or shrinking, the answer is sobering.”
“Members of faith communities that have long been under pressure report that pressure is rising,” Clinton said. “When it comes to this human right, this key feature of stable, secure, peaceful societies, the world is sliding backwards.”