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Blind SpotWhen Journalists Don't Get Religion$
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Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green-Ahmanson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374360.001.0001

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The Faith-Based Human Rights Quest: Missing the Story

The Faith-Based Human Rights Quest: Missing the Story

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(p.65) 4 The Faith-Based Human Rights Quest: Missing the Story
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Allen D. Hertzke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374360.003.0005

This chapter describes the most important human rights story since the end of the Cold War, the growth in the U.S. of a broad movement for international human rights that draws in evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Baha’is, African-Americans, and feminists. This movement has pushed successfully for legislation and active policy on international religious freedom, Sudan, sexual trafficking, debt forgiveness, AIDS, and North Korea. Despite its repeated successes, it has often been ignored by journalists, or else its programs and personnel have been misstated, so that the broadest coalition in foreign policy is sometimes reduced to the purported politics of the “Christian right.” The result is that this major evolution in American human rights concerns and in U.S. foreign policy has been missed or misunderstood.

Keywords:   human rights, foreign policy, religious freedom, Christian right, Sudan, AIDS, North Korea, sex trafficking

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