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Sep 14, 2011 13:28
Category: Religious News

Religious intolerance in Arab Nations

  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is warning of growing
religious intolerance and violence in Arab nations undergoing
popular revolts.
     Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that the
overthrow of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya was
inspiring but also exposed religious and ethnic minorities to new
dangers that threaten democratic transitions.
     The State Department says Christians in Syria, some of them
refugees from Iraq, also are at risk.
     Clinton urged people of the region not to "trade one form of
repression for another."
     She said religious persecution violates an essential human
right, and listed Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea and China among
the world's worst offenders.