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Book Announcement: “Ending Persecution” by H. Knox Thames

“Defenders of religious freedom everywhere will welcome Knox Thames’s analysis of the many faces of persecution, his inspiring call to action, and most of all his practical, feasible suggestions for deterring and combatting the worst violations of human dignity. The author’s wealth of experience and passion for his subject illuminate every page.”

—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law Emerita, Harvard University


To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of a new book from H. Knox Thames, Ending Persecution: Charting the Path to Global Religious Freedom.

Informed by 20 years of experience working for the U.S. Department of State, Congress, and three administrations, Thames exposes the continuing pandemic of religious persecution around the world and confronts the stark reality that the United States’ best efforts have not been enough to prevent human rights abuses. This book argues for a new response to fight for religious freedom for everyone, which must begin with the essential understanding that human flourishing will more quickly come when everyone everywhere can believe (or not believe) as they choose. Thames provides practical solutions for revitalizing the United States’ approach through reframing our collective attention to avoid consistently overlooking human rights promotion in favor of other concerns, and by using 21st century tools to support needs of religious communities around the world.

Ending Persecution is available for preorder directly from the University of Notre Dame Press at undpress.nd.edu or wherever books are sold. Contact Steffi Marchman at shoffma7@nd.edu or (574) 631-4905 for more information.

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