We need to reaffirm religious freedom

As a senior sociology student at Juniata College, issues of civil rights and freedom to choose are important to my fellow classmates and me.

The task this semester in Social Welfare Policies and Services is to follow a self-chosen piece of legislation.

I personally chose H.Res. 1024. This piece of legislation aims to recognize the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act at its 20th anniversary and reaffirm the commitment of the United States to promote international religious freedom.

With the goal of this legislation to reaffirm this 1998 act, the purpose of it seems to be lost.

As the United States is to be an example for the rest of the world, promoting reaffirmation of this act is crucial as an example for other countries around the world.

This act promotes the United States role in promoting religious freedom as a human right and protecting this right, assist in the reconciliation of organizational differences and disputes due to religion, and address religious freedom violations through diplomatic action.

It must be made known that with the recent tensions throughout the world related to religious choice, religious unrest affects the stability of politics and the level of violence toward ethnic and religious minorities.

Religious freedom creates stability within these realms and further advances human rights. This legislation was introduced to Congress on July 24, 2018 and has not moved since.

With Congress not returning to session until January 2019, it is important to write to those legislators that would be specializing on this issue of civil rights.

Please consider researching H.Res. 1024 and writing to your legislators to make this piece move forward in the upcoming year.

Emily Lathrop-Putt