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US Paints Bleak Portrait of Global Religious Freedom

The United States is painting a bleak portrait of religious freedom around the world, particularly condemning some Islamic societies that have adopted laws that harshly penalize blasphemy and apostasy. "Such laws conflict with and undermine universally recognized human rights," the U.S. State Department said Wednesday in its annual review of global religious rights. "All residents of countries where laws or social norms encourage the death penalty for blasphemy are...

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