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Religious Freedom

The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime and no organization can become complacent about addressing it. The Catholic Church has certainly done mor...

Ahmad Wali Massoud: "Those who look to the past cannot plan our future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Wali Massoud is a prominent Afghan politician and head of the Massoud Foundation. He is the younger brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the well-know...

Children Of Orthodox Jewish Sect Forcibly Placed In Foster Care After Police Raid

Religion News Service | Ron Csillag | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

TORONTO (RNS) An Ontario judge has ordered 13 children in an Orthodox Jewish sect into foster care in adjacent Quebec. The children, who live in th...

Azita Rafa't: 'It Was the Day When 10,000 Rockets Hit the City'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Azita Rafa'at is a human and women's rights activist from Badghis province. She was a people's representative in the Emergency Loya Jirga to elect the...

Kaweh Jobran: "Allow me not to wish for my daughter"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Kaweh Jobran is a professor in literature in the State University in Kapisa province and works as a journalist with national and international media b...

Dr Sima Samar: "Human rights have a value now in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr Sima Samar is the current Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. A doctor by training, Samar spent a decade in exile in Pak...

Rahnavard Zaryab: 'We Are Not Free to Think Here'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Rahnavard Zaryab is an influential Afghan writer and scholar. He was imprisoned during the Taraki era in 1978/79. His work has brought him into extens...

Worrying Trends in the World of Religious Liberty

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The new report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project highlights a number of troubling trends that should concern anyone -- whether private citizen or public official.

On Contraception, Dumbing Down Tyranny

Peter Montgomery | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

In recent years, conservative evangelical and Catholic activists have made "religious liberty" their culture war rallying cry as well as their primary legal and political strategy. In doing so, they often use irresponsible rhetoric about American Christians being subject to tyranny and religious persecution.

Doomed to Hell Fire and Damn-the-Nation

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Four days before Christmas my neighbor invited me to a "Christmas concert" at her church. I like music and the inspiring classical sound of carols and church songs can be quite lovely. So I accepted her generous invitation and was whisked away a few days later in the early afternoon to imbibe the musicality of the season.

An Evangelical Case for Gay Wedding Cakes

Skye Jethani | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Skye Jethani

We must consider how Scripture and Christian values would have us live beside our LGBT neighbors. Toward that end, I want to examine three objections raised by the wedding cake lawsuit.

Senate Condemns Baha'i Persecution In Iran

Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion

The U.S. Senate formally condemned the persecution faced by Iran's Baha'i community with the passage of Resolution 75, introduced by Senators Mark Kir...

Rationing Religious Freedom

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Does the religious freedom of a company's owners trump that of its employees? Are some "persons" more equal than others?

Arthur Delaney

That Time The House Of Representatives Actually Voted About The War On Christmas

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2005 the House of Representatives struck a mighty blow against those insidious secular busybodies when lawmakers voted overwhelmingly...

Indian State Cracks Down On Religious Charlatans

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

NEW DELHI (AP) — Witch doctors and religious charlatans beware: New legislation passed in a central Indian state aims to prosecute those who use bel...

Our Brother's Keeper

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

When one established right is weakened or worse, it's that much easier to erode additional rights. That is why cases like EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch -- despite the fact that no members of our own faith are involved -- motivate the Adventist Church to action.

New Book Sheds Light on Prophet Muhammad's Interfaith Views

Craig Considine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Morrow's book reminds us of the possibility that Muslims, Christians, and Jews can live side-by-side in peace and harmony if only they heed the advice of Prophet Muhammad.

God, Sex and Corporate Personhood

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

As a clergyperson, I'm obviously concerned about people being able to have the freedom to practice their faith. Yet as a woman, I also care about the health and dignity of people who need contraception.

A Jew in the White House -- Halleluyah!

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

My eyes filled with tears thinking about the many miracles that had to transpire to make this moment possible: a young nation imperfectly fighting its way toward a more perfect union, expanding circles of freedom, a deep commitment to religious liberty and diversity.

The Authenticity of Nelson Mandela

Lorna Bright | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Lorna Bright

From his widely acclaimed accomplishments, we all can be inspired to a greater participation in and contribution to the world around us. But along with all of that, there are three inspiring features to be found in the more basic information and experiences of this great man's magnanimous life.

Christians Have A Legal Right Not To Work On Sunday

Christian Today | Michael Trimmer | Posted 12.06.2013 | Religion

The Court of Appeal in London has today legally recognised the right of Christians to observe Sunday as a day of rest. The court was ruling on the ...

What Happens When We Don't Need Women's Bodies for Gestation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Feminists in many disciplines have extensively considered what ectogenesis could mean for women's rights, the structure of the family, class, race and society. What does it mean to sever human "birth" from the human body

The Unceasing Mission for Religious Equality in Turkey

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The historic city of Berlin will host an historic international conference on religious freedom this week.

How Angola Almost Broke Pakistan's Record

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Though Angola's apparent ban on Islam turned out to be a false flag, it was not unprecedented by any means. We see similar, if not worse, treatment of religious minorities across the Muslim world.

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.