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Religious Freedom

King Hearings Are Inconsistent With First Amendment Values

Kate Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Martin

Consistent with First Amendment values, congressional committees should not use their government power to target individuals or communities based on their religious beliefs.

Secular Coalition Asks Newt Gingrich to Respect America's Secular Heritage

Sean Faircloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Faircloth

Mr. Gingrich, if you want to prove yourself worthy of our nation's highest office, it would very wise for you to not only acknowledge America's rich secular heritage -- but affirm our historic and constitutional responsibility to defend it.

Indonesia - Land of Tolerance or Terror?

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harris Zafar

Indonesia once hailed itself as a moderate, diverse nation that protects freedom of religion for all its citizens, with a national motto "Bhinneka Tun...

Quebec Bans Sikh Daggers From Capitol

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Ron Csillag Religion News Service TORONTO (RNS) Lawmakers in the province of Quebec voted unanimously on Wednesday (Feb. 9) to ban the kirpan, a S...

Groupon's Offensive Super Bowl Ad Makes Tibetan Cause Relevant Again

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Guys, seriously, Groupon did a good thing, okay? Because after they aired that Super Bowl ad about Tibetans-being-oppressed-but-who-gives-a-shit-when-we-can-save-money, we're actually talking about Tibet today.

Karmapa Lama Denies Charges Of Spying For China

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Vishal Arora Religion News Service NEW DELHI -- In an unprecedented probe of exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks, Indian officials want to know why top ...

The U.S. Constitution Promotes Equality, the Bible Doesn't

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Faheem Younus

Let's explore three questions along the lines of racial, gender, and religious equality and what the Bible has to say about it.

Richard Land Dishonors The Baptist Tradition By Not Standing Up For Religious Minorities

Robert Marus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Marus

If you live near a cemetery, that whirring sound you've been hearing all week probably owes to my Baptist forebears spinning in their graves.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Launches Multi-City Interfaith Tour (VIDEO)

Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, is launching a tour to raise awareness about Muslims in America. 2010 saw Muslims in this ...

Muslim Countries Cited On Religious Freedom

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The New Year's Day massacre at a Coptic church in Egypt. Christian converts facing the death ...

Confronting China's Failure on Religious Freedom

Leonard Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leonard Leo

The Obama administration must go beyond mere words, demonstrating that it believes respect for religious freedom is a fundamental strategic interest, and integrating this understanding into its overall China policy.

Dr. King's Dream and a Prisoner in Baghdad 150 Years Ago

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

The parallels between the message of the 19th Century Prophet Baha'u'llah and the 20th Century's Dr. King are striking. It's the reason Baha'is in the U.S. mark "Race Unity Day" on the second Sunday in June.

Blasphemy Is A Victimless Crime

Landon Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Landon Ross

Justifying silence when those whose rights are being violated happen to be of a different ethnicity and culture is a species of racism, poorly disguised under the mask of "respect."

Muslim-Majority Nations More Likely To Deny Religious Freedom

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Even amid this widespread disregard for religious freedom, one group of countries stands out: Muslim-majority nations.

Pakistan In Crisis, World Security Threatened

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noel Irwin Hentschel

The U.S. government should support Pakistanis who are willing to risk their lives and their political capital to repeal dangerous blasphemy laws, lest Pakistan be taken over again by those who oppose freedom and basic rights.

Amish Migration Westward Spawns Curiosity And Criticism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Phillip O'Connor St. Louis Post-Dispatch SCHUYLER COUNTY, Mo. -- The grumbling surfaced not long after the first Amish families moved to this spar...

Pakistani Killing Latest in Deadly Debate around Blasphemy Laws

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon Kelly

The recent murder of Pakistani governor Salman Taseer for opposing blasphemy laws tragically showcases the high stakes of the fight for religious tole...

U.N. Passes 'Defamation of Religions' Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday (Dec. 21) on "combating defamation of religions," dra...

Standing Up for Your Faith Could Get You Arrested in Douglasville, Georgia

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Lisa Valentine attempted to enter a courthouse to accompany her nephew to his traffic hearing, only to be arrested and jailed for standing up for her right to wear a head covering according.

Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service A resolution combating the "vilification of religions" was adopted Tuesday by a United Nations committee, but r...

Catholic Monks In Wyoming Face Opposition Over Monastery Plans

AP | BOB MOEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

MEETEETSE, Wyo. — Plans by a group of Roman Catholic hermit monks to erect an outsized monastery in northern Wyoming have pitted neighbor agains...

Safeguarding The Rights Of Christians In Muslim Countries

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Though religion is increasingly playing an important role in the self-identity of combatants and their mobilization, it can mask deep seated economic, social and political tensions and conflicts.

U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Religious Defamation Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the United Nations to vote against the la...

The N.Y. Islamic Center Controversy: How People of the Same Faith Can Disagree

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

The Gallup numbers suggest that there is greater diversity of opinion than is often presumed and clearly demonstrate that no one view, even with any given faith community, holds sway.

Christmas Tree or No Christmas Tree

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

Should businesses decorate for Christmas? The questions about holiday decorations come with Santa-sized baggage, and these symbols of the holiday season can be a challenge.