Religious Freedom Requires Holding Its Enemies Accountable

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday put a spotlight on his personal commitment and that of the Trump administration to the cause of religious freedom. His department released a new report documenting the plight of people around the world persecuted for their faith.

And, underscoring his determination not simply to illuminate, but to oppose such repression, Mr. Pompeo unveiled an upcoming summit for that purpose with like-minded foreign ministers.

That can be a welcome opportunity to showcase the problem. To be of enduring value, however, it must translate into accountability and costs for those responsible.

Specifically, Mr. Pompeo’s religious freedom ministerial has to address the fact that those being most horrifically oppressed for their faith worldwide are Christians.  Some 215 million of them are being heavily persecuted. That must end.