From: Ann Curley
Subject: Lott, Gingrich want legislation to punish countries guilty of religious persecution
Meeting with religious leaders to discuss legislation that will punish nations guilty of religious persecution, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, "This is part of the reason why Pilgrims first came here -- it's part of our Declaration of Independence."
The bill would create a special office at the White House to monitor the world and recommend trade or economic sanctions against governments that engage in religious persecution. But during a hearing held on Tuesday, various members voiced concerns about the legislation, meaning that it may not sail through Congress as smoothly as originally anticipated.
During the photo opportunity, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott remarked, "We know that around the world, religious persecution is occurring. We must do something about it," he said, adding, "This is America and the core of our very existence has always been religious freedom but far too often we have been stopped."
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