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WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, during a religious freedom event at the Department of State featuring diplomats from over 100 countries on Thursday, vehemently decried antisemitism that he said has “even found a voice in the halls of our United States Congress.”
“So let me say it clearly: Antisemitism is not just wrong; it’s evil. And antisemitism must be confronted and denounced whenever it arises, and it must be universally condemned,” he added.
Remarks - Speech - Ministerial - Advance - Religious
His remarks came during a speech he delivered at the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a three-day summit launched by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday.
The vice president’s comments came a few months after anti-Israel comments from the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress — Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — triggered a bipartisan uproar in the American government.
Thursday - Pence - Antisemitism - West - Europe
On Thursday, Pence denounced what he described as growing antisemitism in the West, namely Europe and the United States.
Freedom - Danger - Regimes - Threats - Minorities
While religious freedom is always in danger in authoritarian regimes, threats to religious minorities sadly are not confined to autocracies or dictatorships. Truth is they can, and do, arise in free societies, as well — not from government persecution, but from prejudice.
In Europe, where religious freedom was born as a principle and is enshrined in law, antisemitism is on the rise.
France - Germany - Things - Leaders - Followers
In France and Germany, things have gotten so bad that Jewish religious leaders have warned their followers not to wear kippahs in public for fear that they could be violently attacked; and attacks on Jews, even on aging Holocaust survivors, are growing at an alarming rate.
And regrettably, the world’s oldest hatred has even found a voice in the halls of our United States Congress.
Members - Squad - House - Representatives
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