On Aug. 5, Vice President Mike Pence met with several religious freedom advocates at the White House, participating in the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. On this occasion, he reaffirmed the government’s support for all religions in all countries of the world.
In particular, he referred to the People’s Republic of China, whose regime he will continue to call upon to respect the rights and freedom of its citizens to practice their faith, the White House reported.
One of the issues discussed included the possibility of the United States acting to hold China accountable for persecution and abuse of religious believers of all kinds.
Joining Pence was Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and members of the National Security Council.
Among the attendees was Russell D. Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Bob Fu, head of the Christian persecution watchdog organization China Aid; David Curry, head of the international Christian persecution advocacy group Open Doors USA, among other religious freedom advocates, according to The Christian Post.
“We had people from different faith backgrounds but we joined together to give an in-depth briefing on the series of issues that are happening against Christians, Muslims, the Falun Gong, and other religions that are being persecuted in China right now,” Bob Fu reported, according to the Post.
In the same vein, David Curry asked the U.S. administration to consider new sanctions against the Chinese regime for its violations of religious freedom.
Other events in defense of religious freedom
On the other hand, Sam Brownback, ambassador for International Religious Freedom, made a statement on Twitter on July 29, 2019:
“July 20th marked 20 long years since the Falun Gong was banned in China. Practitioners today still face persecution at the hands of the Chinese government, including arrests, torture, and the forced renunciation of their faith. The Chinese Communist Party’s actions are unacceptable.”
Previously, on July 17, President Donald Trump met with 27 victims of religious persecution at the White House.
One of the victims in attendance was Yuhua Zhang, 59, a former professor at Nanjing Normal University, who was illegally imprisoned by the communist regime in China for more than seven years and repeatedly tortured for refusing to give up her faith as a Falun Dafa practitioner.
Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual discipline of the Buddha School was brought to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in China and taught free of charge. Prior to 1999 Falun Dafa had between 70 million and 100 million followers in China, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center.
The communist regime began repressing the practice on July 20, 1999, nearly 20 years before the historic meeting of victims of religious persecution with President Trump at the White House.