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The International Religious Freedom Roundtable founded Scientology lobbyist Greg Mitchell

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  1. The International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) founded and co-chaired by Scientology lobbyist Greg Mitchell.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR, Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

    I will start this thread with three significant recent news items about the IRFR.


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    President Trump promotes 'Religious Freedom' Initiative from the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR).

    Voice of America: Trump Promotes 'Religious Freedom' Initiative Amid Criticisms Over Travel Ban

    https://www.voanews.com/usa/trump-p...om-initiative-amid-criticisms-over-travel-ban

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    “There could be a misperception that this is the U.S. pushing religious freedom down the throats of other countries, but this is not the case. This is an initiative from the International Religious Freedom Roundtable that existed for years,” King said. He added that the alliance is an important tool with the potential to "move the needle" and will work best as part of a broader effort that involves "carrots and sticks."

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    Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback hosts International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) event during the week of the National Prayer Breakfast.

    Speaking About Sudan and South Sudan to Fellow Religious Freedom Advocates

    https://juicyecumenism.com/2020/02/08/speaking-sudan-south-sudan-fellow-religious-freedom-advocates/

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    Tuesday, February 4, an unusually large crowd gathered in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building for a meeting of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. The Roundtable is hosted by the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. It is a regular occurrence – almost weekly. But this past week’s meeting was different because it was held during the week of the National Prayer Breakfast. Many of the some 200 people at the meeting were in town for that annual occasion.

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    Vice President-elect Lai speaks out for religious freedom at meeting of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IFRF), which is considered a warm-up to the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast.

    Taiwan News: Taiwan VP-elect speaks of religious freedom on eve of National Prayer Breakfast

    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3871377

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    On Tuesday (Feb. 4), Lai was invited to deliver a speech at the inaugural meeting of the new International Religious Freedom Roundtable, which is considered a warm-up to the Prayer Breakfast. Lai was sitting next to Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

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    ETA: Despite what this story says, the IRFR is not "new." The "inaugural meeting" may or may not have been the inaugural meeting of the year.
  2. Steve Yates: "Excellent to have @IRF_Ambassador Sam Brownback welcome [Taiwan] VP-elect William Lai to the International Religious Freedom Roundtable on Capitol Hill!"

    Yates is a former White House official, CEO of DC International Advisory, 2016 GOP platform national security co-chair, and former chair of the Idaho GOP.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR, Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.


    https://twitter.com/YatesDCIA/status/1224736769255657472



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  3. Taiwan Vice President-elect Lai speaks out for religious freedom at the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR, Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

    Focus Taiwan - CNA English News: Vice President-elect Lai speaks out for religious freedom

    https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202002050007

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    Washington, Feb. 4 (CNA) Vice President-elect Lai Ching-te (賴清德)) highlighted Taiwan's record of religious freedom and the work of missionaries in Taiwan in a talk at a meeting on religious freedom in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

    Taiwan has "safeguarded people's freedom of belief" as a democratic country, and will actively cooperate with the United States and the international community to "protect religious freedom and build a world free of the fear of religious persecution," Lai said.

    He also praised the work done by missionaries in Taiwan, whose efforts in the fields of education, health care and social welfare "continue to bear fruit to this day," he said.

    The meeting was organized by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a U.S.-based NGO.

    Lai is on the first visit to the United States by a Taiwanese vice-president elect since the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but it is particularly significant because he is in the U.S. capital.

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  4. King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence in Bahrain partners with the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR, Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

    Bahrain Center for Coexistence to Sign MOU with State Department

    FELICE FRIEDSON
    02/04/2020
    https://themedialine.org/top-storie...oexistence-to-sign-mou-with-state-department/

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    Last year, the King Hamad Centre signed a memorandum of understanding to advance religious freedom. In so doing, it became the first Middle Eastern country to partner with the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, and the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, both based in Washington, as part of a coalition of businesses for the protection of religious freedom specifically encouraging the private sector to protect people of all faiths and beliefs in the workplace.

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    Confirmation:

    https://twitter.com/GermanyBahrain/status/1203976717628530688



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  6. 27 countries join the International Religious Freedom Alliance (IFRA) spearheaded by the US President Donald Trump. The IFRA is an initiative from the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR, Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

    LRT English: Lithuania joins Trump’s religious freedom alliance '

    https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1141677/lithuania-joins-trump-s-religious-freedom-alliance

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    Lithuania became one of 27 countries to join the International Religious Freedom Alliance spearheaded by the US President Donald Trump.

    The Trump administration launched the IRF Alliance on the eve of the National Prayer Breakfast on Februrary 5, according to the Voice of America.

    The State Department described as “the first time in history an international coalition has come together at a national leadership level to push the issue of religious freedom forward around the world.”

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    Some 27 countries joined the alliance, including Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Togo, the UK, Ukraine and the US.

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    Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, explained the IRF Alliance is the result of years of international consultations.

    “There could be a misperception that this is the US pushing religious freedom down the throats of other countries, but this is not the case. This is an initiative from the International Religious Freedom Roundtable that existed for years,” King said.

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  7. The Religious Freedom Coalition is part of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

    The Religious Freedom Coalition has international programs for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Nigeria, and advocates in Washington, D.C. for persecuted Christians in Africa, the Middle East and and certain Asian nations.

    The President of the the Religious Freedom Coalition is William J. Murray . According to Wikipedia, Murray is an American author, Baptist minister, and social conservative lobbyist. Murray is the son of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an atheist activist.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR, Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

    https://religiousfreedomcoalition.org/2020/02/19/work-in-washington-continues/


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  8. At the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, Nigerian priest details 6 ways Christians face discrimination in Nigeria.

    As Tony Ortega has noted, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) was founded by Scientologist Greg Mitchell in 2010. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair of the IRFR. Mitchell is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

    Christian Post: Nigerian priest details 6 ways Christians face discrimination in Nigeria

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/nigerian-priest-6-ways-christians-face-discrimination-nigeria.html​​​

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    WASHINGTON — A Nigerian priest who oversees trauma care for people victimized by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria visited the United States this week to share his concerns about how Christians are facing lesser-known forms of societal discrimination because of their faith in Christ.

    Father Joseph Bature Fidelis, the director of psychosocial support and trauma care in the Diocese of Maiduguri, Nigeria, attended a weekly meeting of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable presided by U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

    For the meeting, Fidelis prepared an “ask note” on behalf of his diocese calling for the U.S.'s intervention in the plight of Christians in Nigeria.

    “A lot of it is going on and sometimes it's not so much known to the wider world,” Fidelis told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday morning. “The response is very slow. So people continue to suffer for their faith.”

    In Nigeria, thousands of Christians have been killed in recent years by extremist violence carried out by Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province in Northern Nigeria. Thousands more have been killed amid increased attacks carried out by radical Fulani herders against Christian farming communities in the Middle Belt of the country.

    In addition to the extremism and communal violence, Fidelis stressed that Christians living in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria are facing other forms of persecution that are lesser reported in the media but are impacting Christians’ finances, jobs, education, retirement and ability to worship.

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