I first met Dr. Thomas Farr at Georgetown University where Peace Catalyst hosted the Evangelicals for Peace Conference. Before that I had quoted him in my master’s thesis on the role of religion in acquiring and sustaining peace. Religious liberty should be allowed in every nation. Farr makes it clear it is in our national self-interests to do so. Unfortunately, as I write this, the office of the Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom is vacant and has been for some time. If the US is interested in promoting religious freedom around the globe, the kind of freedom that would protect minorities and engage majority power brokers in ideological rationales for religious freedom, this office should be filled and utilized.
The World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to National Security (Oxford University Press, 2008)