The Obama administration should take greater steps to promote religious freedom internationally.

In First Things magazine, Thomas Farr notes the importance of religious freedom in American efforts abroad. "Religious freedom plays a necessary role in the consolidation of democracy, in economic development, and in social harmony," he says. Religious freedom leads to respect for dissenting views of all kinds, allowing a freer exchange of ideas and a more peaceful transition of power.

Yet Farr argues that religious freedom has barely been incorporated into international discussions due to the current administration's lack of conviction


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