HISTORIC: Obama Just Signed A Law That Will Grant Protection To Atheists From Being Persecuted
It’s the sad truth but Obama will be leaving office next month. Before his final day, Obama has signed a historic bill into law, which will protect atheists and other nonreligious people from persecution by extremists.
The law named “Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act,” will protect all who are not religious including, but most certainly not limited to, humanists, atheists, freethinkers, and anti-theists against religious persecution. Surprisingly, the law was passed with bipartisan supports, which is a shockers since the Republican Party seems to always be forcing Christianity down the throat’s of the American people.
The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act is an amendment to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The amendment’s official stated purpose is:
“To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to improve the ability of the United States to advance religious freedom globally through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism, and foreign assistance efforts, and through stronger and more flexible political responses to religious freedom violations and violent extremism worldwide.”
The newly amended law states, “The freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is understood to protect theistic and non-theistic beliefs as well as the right not to profess or practice any religion.” The law further condemns any “policy or practice of routinely denying applications for visas for religious workers in a country can be indicative of a poor state of religious freedom in that country.” This goes against the belief of President-elect Donald Trump and his plan to persecute people because of their religious beliefs by denying them access to the U.S.
Roy Speckhartd, the executive director of the American Humanist Association, spoke proudly about the new legislation. He said, “The American Humanist Association is proud to see this historic legislation signed into law and looks forward to working with the US Department of State to ensure religious liberty for non-theists and religious minorities abroad. That non-theists are now recognized as a protected class is a significant step toward full acceptance and inclusion for non-religious individuals, who are still far too often stigmatized and persecuted around the world.”