Congressman Frank Wolf: Nigeria & International Religious Freedom

Aug 31st, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

Known as the “conscience” of the Congress during his long service in the House of Representatives, Congressman Frank Wolf was first elected in 1980 and left Congress at the end of his 17th term in 2015 to focus exclusively on human rights and religious freedom.

Congressman Wolf was one of the first to warn about the worsening plight of religious minorities, most notably Christian communities, in the Middle East.

He recently returned from a trip to Nigeria, which is severely struggling with systemic and systematic discrimination of ethnic and religious minorities. Both Muslim and Christian communities are negatively impacted by Boko Haram, a radical Islamic terrorist organization. Christians risk complete extinction in Nigeria’s northeast.

Congressman Wolf  advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves. Some of his accomplishments include being appointed the very first WIlson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University and joining the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a newly created religious freedom group, as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Both happend in January 2015.

He also is the author of the International Religious Freedom Act, which infused America’s first freedom – religious freedom – into U.S. foreign policy by creating the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department.

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