Articles by Thomas F. Farr
February 23, 2015
The anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is a good reminder about the importance of advancing religious freedom around the world. Dr. Thomas Farr makes the connection himself in his compelling testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons from back in 2015. We reprise his testimony in Convivium today.
Let me conclude by addressing what Canadian international religious freedom policy might do to mitigate the threat of Islamist terrorism in the Middle East, in particular ISIL What has not changed since 9/11 is the root cause of Islamist terrorism: a radical and spreading interpretation of Islam nourished and abetted by Middle Eastern tyrants, both secular and religious, by legal and cultural practices of radical intolerance, and by a dying political order In order to accomplish this goal, Canada should ensure that the diplomatic status and authority and the resources allocated to its own very impressive religious freedom ambassador, Ambassador Andrew Bennett, are sufficient to communicate to other nations and to Canada's own diplomatic establishment that this issue is a high priority for the Canadian government and that it will remain so into the future