Pompeo Champions the Faithful

He wants to make religious freedom the centerpiece of U.S. human-rights policy.

Global View: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to make religious freedom the centerpiece of American human-rights policy in order to protect Christians and others of faith around the world. Image: Erin Scott/Reuters

Christmas is anything but a season of peace and joy for millions of Christians around the world today. Not since the death of Stalin have Christians in so many places faced the levels of discrimination, violence, imprisonment and even death on account of their religion that they do today.

After more than a century of intermittent genocide, persecution and forced removals, ancient Christian populations in much of the Middle East are on the edge of extinction. Iraq’s Christian population, estimated at 1.4 million as recently...