According to US reports, the Islamic State menaces religious freedom.
Last year, the Islamic State led several campaigns attacking different parts of the world. Those attacks were meant to threaten the religious freedom. The most affected were the religious minorities from Middle East, Africa and Asia.
In some territories, the Islamic State forced old Christian communities either to convert to their religion, or to pay huge taxes. Death was also an option. But that was not all. They also resorted to kidnapping and rapping on the basis of their faith.
Among the atrocities named by the State Department in the International Religious Freedom Report, Al-Qaida assassinated Druze clerics and a Jesuit priest, while militants from Iraq tortured and killed the Sunnis.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram killed many people in 2014, which outnumbered the total killings from the last 5 years. They killed Christians and moderate Muslims and destroyed churches and mosques. Pakistan was targeted as well. Terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims and also destroyed houses of worship.
During a conference, John Kerry, the Secretary of State, talked about the meaning of religious freedom, stating that it is not just tolerance, but “demands that the practitioners of one faith understand that they have no right to coerce others into submission, conversion or silence, or to literally take their lives because of their beliefs.”
In many cases, governments proved to be vulnerable when it came about prevention against violence. While the Western Europe’s governments tried to fight against terrorism, governments from other regions were responsible for violence.
Bashar Assad, Syria’s President, allowed the Islamic State to commit atrocities while at the same time telling about himself that he is the protector of Syrian minorities.
According to the report, in order to combat terrorism, some governments imposed religious restrictions.
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