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CWA Event: How to Protect International Religious Freedom from the Politicization of Human Rights

July 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Featuring Opening Remarks by
The Honorable Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama)
United States House of Representatives

Followed by a Panel of Experts Featuring
Dr. Aaron Rhodes
Executive Director, International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (1993–2007);
President of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe; and Author of
The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom

Dr. Shea Garrison
Senior Advisor, Foreign Affairs, Concerned Women for America, and
Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow, George Mason University
Schar School of Policy and Government

Benjamin Bull
Executive Director of Advocacy, Washington D.C, First Liberty Institute

Moderated by
Emilie Kao
Director, Richard and Helen DeVos Center on Religion and Civil Society

The Heritage FoundationDr. Aaron Rhodes’ new book, The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom, identifies a dangerous trend in the international human rights movement.  Increasingly, the natural rights of individuals, like religious freedom, are being conflated with manufactured rights which are the social and economic policy priorities of particular groups and governments.  Natural rights protect the fairness of the political process by ensuring that individuals are free to think, speak, and act according to their convictions, including their religious beliefs.  However, when governments and social groups can transform their economic and social policy goals into “human rights,” this undercuts the moral legitimacy and persuasive power of natural rights like religious freedom.

Our panelists will discuss how robust protection of religious freedom will ultimately lead to economic prosperity and why natural rights are best protected when they are protected for all, not for members of particular identity groups.  Join us for this discussion on the future of international religious freedom and the human rights movement.  Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium
214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

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July 26, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Heritage Foundation | Lehrman Auditorium
214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
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