iOS app Android app

Freedom of Religion

No Hopes For Minority Ahmadis In Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Malik Siraj Akbar

By excluding the Ahmadis from the elections, Pakistan's democracy is indeed missing something very important on the election day.

Pakistan's 'Separate But Equal' Elections

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

On May 11, the world's second most populous Muslim country, Pakistan, marked a historic election. But as Pakistanis rushed to the polling stations to cast their vote, more than 4 million people sat home, separated and disenfranchised.

Freedoms Of Press, Speech And Expression: Lost In Translation

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

While international efforts establish legal protections for freedom of expression and other freedoms, it is important not to end the discussion there. We must promote engagement and dialogue that remains focused on matters of human dignity.

The First Casualty Of Religious Wars Is Truth

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Over the past decades, conservative Christians have had almost full reign within the military, and they disproportionally make up most of the Chaplaincy. In the last several years, though, there has been closer scrutiny of the conduct of certain chaplains and commanders who have used their positions to advance their own religious beliefs.

Who Owns Hinduism?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Consider, for example, Selena Gomez's use of the bindi, which seemed to a few to be a significant Hindu symbol.

Flags In Our Churches: A Conversation

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I had a brief conversation after service with someone who noticed that we do not have the American flag in the sanctuary during our worship services. The kicker: He said to me, "It's because of that flag that you have the freedom to worship they way you do in this country."

Religion And Politics: A Combustible Concoction

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Michael Rohrer

If you want to clear the room, ask a question involving one of them. You'll either have a heated discussion on your hands followed by storm-outs or you'll have a quiet exodus of those who suddenly have somewhere else to be.

Why Christians Need To Quit Whining About 'Freedom of Religion'

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The cry that "my freedoms are in jeopardy" just sounds like whining to the rest of the world when it comes from people who've historically occupied the cultural driver's seat.

Alaska Natives Rally As Judge Considers Whether Salmon Fishing is a Religious Rite

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

About 40 people in the Western Alaska regional hub city of Bethel took an hour or two out of their day, Monday, to join in a show of resistance to gov...

Finding Tolerance In Akbar, The Philosopher-King

Craig Considine | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Akbar the Great, ruler of most of South Asia in the 16th and early 17th century, rejected bigotry and made unprecedented moves to help non-Muslims feel at peace in his Mughal empire -- actions antithetical to current violence against vulnerable religious communities around the world.

GOP Leader Kills Official State Religion Bill

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

The Republican speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives killed legislation on Thursday that aimed to establish an official state religio...

New York Pastor Tim Keller Responds To Questions About His Gay Marriage Comments

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Tim Keller's comments on gay marriage, which I wrote about earlier this week, appear to have caused something of a stir inside the evangelical Protest...

An Easter Message For Muslims

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

One of the great themes of the Christian Easter story is that the love of God can overcome the worst of human folly, wickedness and weakness. This idea, if taken seriously, would be a tonic in many parts of the world today, but perhaps nowhere is it more desperately needed than in the Muslim world.

Conflating Religion and the Constitution

Ediberto Roman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Miami
Ediberto Roman

I find the use of religion as the basis for deciding the recent Supreme Court's marriage case as a failure to fully understand our constitution.

Discovering Huntington’s Fallacy In Turkey

Aubrey Rose | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Aubrey Rose

As a Christian American studying international law half way across the world in Turkey, I'm constantly confronted with the question of Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations." But in this era, Turkey doesn't have to abandon Islam to progress as a democracy and realize human rights.

Muslims In America, Christians In Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Ethan Casey

As an American, I feel shamed by the ways that my society mistreats Muslims here. By exactly the same token, Pakistan and all Pakistanis are shamed by mistreatment of Christians in Pakistan.

On Building Mosques And Worshiping In Caves

Ben Daniel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Ben Daniel

I thought about the American Protestant sense of persecution as I sat shivering in the Anabaptist cave under a waterfall at the top of a gulley in the hills southeast of Zurich. It struck me that until we are forced to worship in secret, we should knock off talking about being persecuted.

Prioritize Your Rights

Walker Bragman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

2013-02-20-bragmancartoon

Chelsea Kiene

Army Threatened With Lawsuit Over 'Sectarian' Prayer

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Victoria Gettman is frustrated and disappointed by what she calls a "completely incompetent" response to complaints she filed...

Is Birth Control Fight Really About Religious Freedom?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Only when partisan evangelicals earn a reputation for sincere regard for religious freedom -- for all people's religious freedom -- will complaints about non-evangelical presidents and their supposed assaults on liberty ring credible.

Good News From the Melting Pot

Ken Atchity | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Ken Atchity

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of bad news about how America is going to hell in a hand basket and that, with Obama back in office, "I have great doubts about the future of our country."

The Failure of Liberal Theological Imagination

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.05.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Religious traditions change radically across time and space. Let Orthodox theology worship the idol of godly and cultural immutability. Modernist theology demands a more sophisticated engagement.

American Pastor Sentenced To 8 Years In Iran

AP | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion

BOISE, Idaho -- An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department ...

Russia To Rework Bill On Offending Religion

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2013 | Religion

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The Russian government asked parliament on Sunday to amend a bill that would set jail te...

Freedom Of Religion And The Right To Be Respected

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 01.24.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

As President Obama reminded us in his recent proclamation of U.S. Religious Freedom Day, religious liberty is a universal human right to be protected as an essential part of human dignity. Without it our world cannot know lasting peace.