House measure says desecration of graves violates religious freedom

The House adopted legislation that makes the desecration of cemeteries around the world a violation of religious freedom.

The Protect Cemeteries Act passed last week by the House of Representatives amends the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the vandalizing of cemeteries as one of many infringements to the freedom of religion.

The Senate must approve the measure for it to become a law.

If it is adopted, the United States could penalize countries that obstruct religious freedom by cutting foreign aid, imposing trade sanctions and canceling cultural and scientific exchanges. — jta