The Obama administration must go beyond mere words, demonstrating that it believes respect for religious freedom is a fundamental strategic interest, and integrating this understanding into its overall China policy.
The parallels between the message of the 19th Century Prophet Baha'u'llah and the 20th Century's Dr. King are striking. It's the reason Baha'is in the U.S. mark "Race Unity Day" on the second Sunday in June.
The U.S. government should support Pakistanis who are willing to risk their lives and their political capital to repeal dangerous blasphemy laws, lest Pakistan be taken over again by those who oppose freedom and basic rights.
The price of freedom, religious liberty scholars suggest, sometimes requires allowing the building of a mosque near the spot where terrorists motivated by Islam committed mass murder or permitting the public burning of holy books.
The trend to discourage the construction of mosques and Islamic centers remains real. The public's understanding of Islam is riddled with misperceptions that endanger our ideals. We're better than this.