WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is calling on Congress to pass legislation to promote and protect religious freedoms throughout Egypt.
The Republican junior senator released a statement Wednesday, saying, "the continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear."
Blunt says his proposed bill would create a new U.S. Department of State special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East.
The bill (click here to read) is co-sponsored by U.S. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (Mich.), as well as U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), John Boozman (Ark.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).
He continued, "I urge Majority Leader Reid to allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation, which would call attention to all religious minorities and demonstrate to leaders in the region that the United States takes religious freedom seriously."