"…freedom of religion is not an American invention. It's a universal value. And it's enshrined in our Constitution and ingrained in every human heart. The freedom to profess and practice one's faith, to believe or not to believe, or to change one's beliefs, that is a birthright of every human being. And that's what we believe. These rights are rightly recognized under international law. The promotion of international religious freedom is a priority for President Obama, and it is a priority for me as Secretary of State. I am making certain, and will continue to, that religious freedom remains an integral part of our global diplomatic engagement."Secretary of State John Kerry: Freedom to 'Not Believe' is a 'Birthright of Every Human Being'
Thursday, May 23
The freedom to believe, or not to believe, is a birthright of every human being
John Kerry, speaking at an event marking the release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report: