Marjorie Taylor Greene is among 4 GOP reps voting against freedom of religion

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and three other House Republicans voted against a bill aimed at reauthorizing funding for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Established in 1998 under the International Religious Freedom Act, the bipartisan commission monitors threats to religious freedom and makes non-binding policy recommendations to the government and Congress.

The Senate unanimously passed the US Commission’s bill to reauthorize international religious freedom in July, after it was introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, earlier this year.

The legislation continues funding for the commission through fiscal 2024, approving $3.5 million in 2023 and 2024. Funding currently expires at the end of September.

On Monday, the House of Representatives approved the measure by a vote of 402 to 4. A two-thirds majority was required to pass the bill.

House Democrats voted unanimously to fund the commission, while House Republicans voted 195-4 in favor.

Along with the Georgia Congressman, Congressmen Louie Gohmert of Texas, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Chip Roy of Texas voted against the bill. Twenty-six lawmakers — 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans — did not vote.

Massie’s spokesman told The Hill that he voted against the law “because he doesn’t want the government to get involved in religion; he would prefer the government to leave religion alone”.

news week has contacted Massie, Greene, Gohmert and Roy for further comments.

USCIRF “is doing important work to help us protect and promote the human right to freedom of religion for all people of all faiths around the world,” Senator Hames Lankford, who co-sponsored the bill, tweeted Monday. “The House of Representatives is finally passing my bill to reauthorize this commission.”

USCIRF “monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief (ForB) abroad, makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and Congress, and tracks the implementation of those recommendations,” according to the commission’s website.

The commission’s nine members are “appointed by either the President or Congress leaders of each political party, assisted by a non-partisan professional staff”.

The website also notes that while USCIRF is independent of the US Department of State, the Goodwill Envoy on International Religious Freedom is a non-voting member.

The commission’s latest report, released in early September, outlines how violence in Nigeria is affecting freedom of religion.

Nigeria was among the countries recommended by the Commission as “countries of particular concern” in its 2022 annual report published in April.

Afghanistan should be included in the list of the worst violators of religious freedom even after the Taliban return to power, the commission also said in the report.

Religious minorities have “faced harassment, imprisonment and even death because of their beliefs or beliefs” since the Taliban imposed their strict interpretation of Sunni Islam on the country, the report said.

US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) addresses supporters at a Save America Rally September 17, 2022 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
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