American Center for Law and Justice cites lack of religious freedom to criticize Narendra Modi

By staff reporter

Washigton DC: American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), an organization of Evangelical Christian Advocates has urged the US House of Representatives to pass House Resolution 417 which supports continuation of visa ban on Narendra Modi.

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In a statement Jordan Sekulow, the Executive Director of ACLJ, urged US Congress to “express its support for India as a nation that values tolerance and religious freedom by voting on House Resolution 417. House Resolution 417 recognizes the atrocities that have been committed against Gujarat’s minorities, expresses Congress’s concern about the complicity of government officials such as Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots, and calls on Gujarat state to repeal those laws which prohibit citizens from freely changing religions.”

“The ACLJ applauds those members of Congress who have already vocalized their support for this Resolution. The government should publicly affirm that freedom to convert from one religion to other and freedom from religious persecution are amongst the most basic human rights.”

Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill 2006 makes it difficult for Hindus to convert to other religions.

House Resolution 417 was introduced on Nov. 18, 2013 and has so far gathered 43 co-sponsors. Two member of the Congress have withdrawn their support after initially supporting it. HR417 was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.