No, not the president. Just the Press Office.
The US State Department put out the report on religious freedom this week, and guess what? There’s not much. The White House put out a Fact Sheet dated Wednesday (8/10/16) which starts with this:
“[P]romoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy. And I’m proud that no nation on Earth does more to stand up for the freedom of religion around the world than the United States of America.”
Throughout the Obama Administration, the U.S. Government has prioritized efforts to promote freedom of religion globally as a universal human right, a strategic national interest, and as a key foreign policy objective. The Administration has praised countries that have made strides to promote religious freedom, assisted governments in taking steps to address shortcomings, and denounced severe violators of religious freedom; provided support to individuals who have been persecuted on account of their beliefs, and advocated for the rights of religious minorities. The Obama Administration has also worked closely with civil society organizations, including religious communities, in promoting freedom of religion or belief for all people.
The “Fact Sheet” didn’t have a picture, so I grabbed one from the web:
I’m not insinuating that this administration is slow-rolling the fight against ISIS, or that they could be doing more to save persecuted people around the world. They’ve worked hard on this stuff.
I do think that when the boss wants to send something out to show strength, leadership and commitment to a topic, it’s kinda important to include a fresh quote on the subject.
This January can’t come soon enough.