Christian Headlines - The Biden State Department is distancing itself from a report commissioned by the Trump administration that championed religious liberty and argued for a “hierarchy” of human rights.
At issue is a 2020 report by the 11-member Commission on Unalienable Rights which was formed under the Trump State Department. The Commission noted in its report that the Founders considered religious liberty and property rights “foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure.”
“A political society that destroys the possibility of either loses its legitimacy,” the report said.
Although the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) does “not explicitly establish a hierarchy of rights,” the report said, “U.S. foreign policy can and should, consistent with the UDHR, determine which rights most accord with national principles, priorities, and interests at any given time.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the goal of the commission’s report was to guide future American foreign policy. It was chaired by Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard professor of law and a former ambassador to the Vatican.
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