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Is it Time to for Pakistan to Revisit the 'Ahmadi Question'?

Usman Ahmad | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Usman Ahmad

It is imperative that the Ahmadi question be revisited. Without engaging with one of the principle causes of religious tension in Pakistan no amount of military operations or action plans will be able to prevent further blazes, like the one in Jhelum, from being lit.

Faith Calls Us To Be Courageous in Our Love

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

As religion continues to be misused to support discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ people, people of faith have an obligation to show another way.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

To The Facebook Friend Who Reported Me For Photo Of Syrian Child

Kristin Wright | Posted 09.05.2015 | World
Kristin Wright

I'm not sure if we've been friends for a long time or only met recently. I'm not sure if we grew up together or met at a coffee shop here in DC. Honestly, the only thing that I know about you is that yesterday you reported me to Facebook for posting a photo of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old child who washed up on a Turkish beach earlier this week.

Racism and Faith in Times of Crisis

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

One thing I've worked hard to understand is why some people practice their religion so fervently, interpreting it so literally, even when it seems to defy logic. The older I get and the more personal challenges I face, the better I understand and respect the need for faith.

Who Is Instigating the Violence Against the Rohingya in Myanmar?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The Rohingya have been described as "the most persecuted minority in the world" by the United Nations. The following is based on extensive interviews ...

Protect Religious Liberty: Christians and Other Minority Faiths Face Violent Attacks in Middle East and Beyond

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

Religious persecution did not end with Nero and the Roman Empire. In fact, punishment of and hostility toward people of faith is increasing.

The Persecution of María Corina Machado

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Can you honestly trust that Maria Corina Machado will receive due consideration under the rule of law in this case? And if not, what does that say about the Venezuelan regime?

To Harvard and Other Universities: In Protecting Students From Sexual Assault, Don't Disregard Due Process

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Michael Shammas

Yes, Harvard's previous sexual assault policy was utterly inadequate to protect survivors of sexual misconduct -- as are far too many policies still in place at other American universities. But the new policy goes dangerously far in another direction, and law professors were right to call their university out.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Pakistan's Second Amendment is Root Cause of Sectarianism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Forty years ago this day, Pakistan passed the second amendment to its Constitution, forcibly declaring the Ahmadis non-Muslim. It was this day that Pakistan started drifting away from the vision of its valiant founder.

Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Facing Fight for Survival

Neil Grungras | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Neil Grungras

The recent upsurge in persecution of LGBTI people across the globe has sent the number of refugee applications rising sharply. As long as the abuses continue, the numbers will surely escalate.

Running for Her Life

Renee Fisher | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Renee Fisher

I heard Irene's cries coming from the research carrel next to mine at the Holocaust Museum. "You had 70 family members who perished?" I asked her. "No," she said. "I had more, many more." I asked Irene to tell me her story. Instead, she told me about her mother.

I Left 'America' for Its Hatred of Muslims... This Is My Story

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

I often wondered why there was not a single Christian student, out of the thousands at Harvard, who had the moral integrity to tear down the hate stickers on campus -- hate stickers that openly attacked me for being Muslim.

Indian Police Beat Christian And Muslim Protestors

Religion News Service | Vishal Arora | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday (Dec. 11) while they were ...

Just Christian You Say

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

See, I claim to be a Christian and I'm true to that Ya' favorite rapper claimed he strapped, but never packed a tool In fact, I know some Christian ca...

Time for American Christians to Do Something About Persecution

Kerry Walters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

Discipleship demands stepping in to help those afflicted by injustice, and the ways in which Christians do so must be compatible with Jesus's ethic of nonviolence.

Pope Francis's Opportunity to Heal

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We are "gravely disordered," "afflicted with evil tendencies," our relationships constitute a "troubling moral and social phenomenon," and "a destruction of God's work," which "threatens human dignity and the future of humanity itself," but the Church somehow deeply respects us?

Defense of Marriage Act Defeated, Thank God

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

The rights that permit the free expression of religion are the rights that likewise permit one to freely choose one's life partner. Rights and freedoms should not be held captive to the will of the religious majority.

I'm Glad My Church Pays For Birth Control

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Birth control is part of how my wife and I try to be faithful stewards of our bodies and our relationship for the sake of both our family and the ministry to which God has called each of us.

Burning Mosques and Building Mosques

Kelly James Clark | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

It's time for Christians to regain their heritage, reaffirm their compassion, and fight mightily for freedom and justice for all. That means ceasing opposition to the building of Mosques and condemning attitudes that fuel the flames of Mosque-burnings.

Should We Fear Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood?

Kelly James Clark | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

The electoral victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has caused consternation and fear across the Middle East and the world. But should it?

Top 10 Persecuted Artists

TIME | Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts

On Sunday, artist Ai Weiwei -- best known for helping design the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium in Beijing -- was detained by Chinese authorities as pa...

Peaceful Lives, Violent Deaths: The Silent Cries of the Ahmadis

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph K. Grieboski

On March 13, three Ahmadiiyya Muslims were brutally attacked in the Banten province of Java, Indonesia. Video footage taken during the ambush demonstrates the victims being beaten to death by sticks.

Witch Hunt Against Gays Faces New Foe

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has its work cut out for it. But its actions won't be effective without a widespread movement calling for an end to persecution based on sexual orientation.