Ken Blackwell

Speaking of human rights, China continues to suppress religious freedom in their vast domain. This is in direct violation of Article 18 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Chinese Christians have been forced, in many places, to go underground. Some local Communist party cadres try to stamp out these “Jesus nests.” Falun Gong, a Chinese religious minority, is also suppressed. Also denied religious freedom are the Buddhists in Tibet, the home country of the Dalai Lama. Chinese Communist officials deny Muslims in Xinjiang Province any religious rights.

We need to look very carefully at what Americans are being forced to subsidize at the UN. It does not make sense for our State Department to issue human rights reports and religious freedom reports, and then go ahead and fund some of the biggest abusers of human rights and religious freedom.

As the new Congress looks for ways to cut, cut, cut federal spending, let’s hope that the U.S. contribution to the UN budget comes under the closest scrutiny. Our concern should not be what Ban Ki-Moon’s concern obviously is. Whether this UN bureaucrat is re-elected as Secretary General should take a back seat to real human rights and real religious freedom. If he doesn’t care about these vital issues, Americans do.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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