Is Internet freedom vital to religious freedom? Increasingly yes, argue experts asking the U.S. government to spend millions more on improving international religious freedom in an unconventional way.
Baptist Press (BP) reports that members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable have joining Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf in calling on the federal government to "dramatically increase its support of technology to breach Internet firewalls established by authoritarian governments." Representatives of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Evangelicals for Social Action have signed a letter asking Congress to allocate 10 percent of the Boardcasting Board of Governors's (BBG) $720 million budget toward overcoming Internet censorship in countries such as Iran, Cuba, and China.
The BBG is an independent federal agency that oversees Voice of America and other international media ...1