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July 28, 2009

Obama Touches on Religious Freedom

President Obama touched on religious freedom and human rights at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in front of about 200 Chinese officials on Monday.

[T]he United States respects the progress that China has made by lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Just as we respect China's ancient and remarkable culture, its remarkable achievements, we also strongly believe that the religion and culture of all peoples must be respected and protected, and that all people should be free to speak their minds. And that includes ethnic and religious minorities in China, as surely as it includes minorities within the United States.

Support for human rights and human dignity is ingrained in America. Our nation is made up of immigrants from every part of the world. We have protected our unity and struggled to perfect our union by extending basic rights to all our people. And those rights include the freedom to speak your mind, to worship your God, and to choose your leaders. These are not things that we seek to impose -- this is who we are. It guides our openness to one another and to the world.


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Earlier this month, The AFP reported that U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said it was "gravely concerned" about China's "repression" of the cultural and religious traditions of the ethnic group Uighurs.

China says 192 people died on July 5 in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi in the country's worst ethnic violence in decades pitting Uighurs against the growing number of settlers from China's Han majority.

The religious freedom commission called for President Barack Obama to consider sanctions on exports coming from Xinjiang or travel restrictions on Chinese government officials in charge of the northwestern province.

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I was pleased to read these comments in an article about our President -

Though he was in the habit of praying every night before going to bed, Obama says since becoming president, he prays “all the time now. I've got a lot of stuff on my plate and I need guidance all the time,” he told ABC News' Terry Moran in an interview for “Nightline”.

“I think that every president who’s had [this job] is constantly humbled by the degree to which there are a lot of issues out there and the notion that one person alone can solve all these problems, I think you're cured of that illusion very quickly,” he said. “This is something where you just hope that you are aligning your work with His purposes and that you're attuned to the needs of the people you're there to serve.”

the world will proggresse if head of state consider as obama that humanity concern is confiscation of power