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US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom

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The State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a U.S. commission declared in its annual report.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, founded to advise the federal government on the issue, comes out with its own list of shame each year, citing the most abusive countries in a lineup consistently longer than the State Department’s.

This year, the USCIRF report included a dissenting report from its vice chair criticizing the commission for failing to investigate Israel.

Trump vows to keep fighting for travel ban blocked again by courts

President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Nashville, vowed to fight the latest court ruling blocking his executive order temporarily suspending immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and refugee resettlement all the way to the Supreme Court.

"We're going to fight this terrible ruling," the president told a crowd of cheering supporters in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium March 15. "The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear."

Faith groups: new immigration order still anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant

Federal judges may find the President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last.

But many religious groups and faith leaders see no meaningful difference in the new measure, which Trump signed privately March 6.

"Make no mistake, this is the Muslim ban that President Trump and his aides have been promising," Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. "The administration is just rearranging the chairs at the same table."

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