Ministry Scores Lawmakers on Religious Freedom

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Open Doors USA, a religious rights group, has been scoring U.S. lawmakers based on their votes to determine the strongest supporters of international religious freedom in Congress. The ministry has released a list of senators and congressmen and how they scored on the subject.

Former Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., received the only 100 percent score in the U.S. Senate. Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and James Inhofe,R-Okla., tied for second place.

At the bottom of the list were Sens., Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Paul Kirk, D-Mass., who both scored with just 15 percent.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Frank Wolf, R-Va., were the only ones to attain a 100 percent score.

The lowest score in the House was held by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with a bipartisan group of five others. They scored only 5 percent.

According to the Open Doors scorecard -- to accurately measure legislators' support for international religious freedom, the ministry counted not just recorded votes but other meaningful ways members can help advance the issue in Congress. These additional actions include co-sponsorships of key bills and letters seeking to protect and promote religious freedom around the world. Scores are given as percentages of the total number of items counted, 13 House resolutions, six letters, and IRF Caucus membership, and nine Senate resolutions and four letters.

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Open Doors USA Scorecard

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