Religious freedom is a prerequisite for democracy – US commission

By World Watch Monitor

A wealth of research shows that a society’s level of religious freedom is linked to its levels of critical social indicators, such as prosperity, stability and peace, the chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom told British parliamentarians.

Dr. Daniel Mark, chairman of USCIRF, an independent, bipartisan federal commission of the US government, told Britain’s All Party Parliamentary Group on international religious freedom last week at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament that religious freedom was therefore “a prerequisite for democracy, rather than the other way around”.

He added: “We are at a critical junction in our fight for freedom of religion or belief around the world.”