COOPER, CURRY and ADLERSTEIN: Religious freedom knows no season

A true gift is the chance to practice faith without fear

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The threat of religicide (the intentional, systematic and institutionalized effort to eliminate a religious belief and its followers from a country or region) is growing around the world, not easing.

What can be done? Today, every country in the community of nations can be and should be called upon to safeguard the religious rights of all minorities. Like many other problems, headway will be made only when enough people care sufficiently to demand action.

In 2014, the protection of the rights of religious minorities should be treated as a core human right by everyone, including those who do not believe in God.

We ask everyone whose heart was moved by the season that just passed to bring two other people into the conversation. Speak to family members and co-workers about the deplorable conditions and threats to life that Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Baha’i and others face every day.

Hanukkah and Christmas have both passed, but it is not too late to generate some love and devotion beyond the season. Through it, we can offer a gift to the tens of millions who deserve safe passage to and from their houses of worship, whether on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where Yitzchok Adlerstein is director of interfaith affairs. David Curry is president and CEO of Open Doors USA in Santa Ana, Calif.

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