Our global community finds itself in the midst of a human rights crisis. Many governments and institutions around the world are punishing individuals simply for deviating from, in word or in deed, religions and commonly practiced cultural customs.
Consider just a few examples:
Despite what leaders in these countries would have us believe, the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression are not luxuries valued mainly by Westerners. Several important international treaties and agreements, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, make clear that these rights are universal, possessed by all persons, regardless of their geography or nationality.
Laws restricting human thought and speech are unacceptable. No person should face social or legal punishment simply for belonging to a specific religion, or none at all, or for speaking about his or her beliefs in public -- and no topic should be off limits.
Write your elected officials now and tell them to make the promotion of the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression an integral part of their agendas.
Support Freedom of Expression!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write today to strongly urge you to promote and defend the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression for all persons around the world -- including both religious and non-religious persons -- in your work as my elected official.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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