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"Historically, the United States has championed freedom, democracy and human rights in the international community. Our recent track record has been less good in defending those whose human rights have been trampled around the Globe. Our obligation at home is to defend religious liberty fervently, but we cannot overlook the challenges that religious believers, most of them Christian, face around the world. The age of martyrdom has not passed. If religious liberty is eroded here at home, American defense of religious liberty abroad is less credible."
– Seán Cardinal O'Malley, Archdiocese of Boston
—Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012
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