The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline Congress set for the release of these reports.
The new human rights reports–purged of the sections that discuss the status of religious freedom in each of the countries covered–are also the human rights reports that include the period that covered the Arab Spring and its aftermath.
Thus, the reports do not provide in-depth coverage of what has happened to Christians and other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East that saw the rise of revolutionary movements in 2011 in which Islamist forces played an instrumental role.
China’s Propaganda Department will certainly celebrate this development of the USA omitting religious freedom from its list of acknowledged “human rights” concerns. Conversely, the convergence between Chinese Communist and US Federal interpretations of “freedom of religion” as “freedom to worship behind closed doors as long as your practices do not conflict with whatever the state arbitrarily decrees to be law, the Constitution(s) be damned because the law is whatever the regime says”, will establish a common ground for expanded mutual understandings between American and Chinese persecutors of various religions. Part and parcel of this mutual understanding will be that neither the USA nor China will criticise the other’s policies and practices of abortion, or of closely related practices such as infanticide and/or eugenic extermination of those designated “unfit”.
Meanwhile we wait in vain for any expressions of outrage by the State of Israel.