Did we need an office to officially condemn persecution of Christians?? Do we need to sugarcoat the persecution of Christians in Muslim and pagan lands and make it look like it's not just the Christians who are persecuted and killed by Muslims, but people of other faiths too?
Political correctness from the Conservatives is vomit-inducing. Time will tell if this additional department attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is instrumental in doing any good in the countries that carry out hourly acts of atrocities against Christians because their murderous
As far as I am concerned, I can already see this as an additional burden on taxpayers. Nothing less.
On February 19, 2013, the Government of Canada officially opened its Office of Religious Freedom, within Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. A Canada-based ambassador and a team of officials will carry out the office’s mandate, which is to:
protect, and advocate on behalf of, religious minorities under threat;In Canada’s view, freedom of religion or belief, including the ability to worship in peace and security, is a universal human right. Through the Office of Religious Freedom, Canada will continue to work with like-minded partners to speak out against egregious violations of freedom of religion, denounce violence against human-rights defenders and condemn attacks on worshippers and places of worship around the world.
oppose religious hatred and intolerance; and
promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance abroad.
Matthew Coutts writing at DailyBrew via Yahoo:
...The office will operateas part of the foreign affairs ministry and focus of international matters of religious tolerance.
“Around the world, violations of religious freedom are widespread and they are increasing,” Harper said. "Dr Bennett is a man of principle and deep convictions and he will encourage the protection of religious minorities around the world so all can practice their faith without fear of violence and repression."........