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Religious Persecution

Thank You Elie Weisel

David Curry | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
David Curry

On Saturday, the world lost a great advocate for human rights with the passing of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Prize-winner and best-selling...

Are we the persecutors?

David Curry | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
David Curry

Whenever the leader of Boko Haram sends a video message laughing about the persecution he is causing, I am sick to my stomach. How can another human b...

Better Together: A New Strategy in the Fight for International Religious Freedom

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It's a hotly debated question in certain corners: What is the most oppressed group around the world - Christians? Jews? Muslims? Hindus? Buddhists? Or how about atheists?

Refugees Seeking U.K. Asylum May Be Thwarted By Religious Bias

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion

Roughly 77 percent of the world's population lives under conditions of strict religious restrictions and hostilities, according to Pew Forum. But as w...

A God Not Like Us

John Colatch | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
John Colatch

King's words can be helpful whenever we test the tenets of our faith, or when we hear others who appear to proclaim hatred in the name of religion.

Threats to Religious Liberty: Real and Imagined

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

The last time I checked, no one in the U.S. is being punished for what they believe or for expressing that belief. So what's the fuss about? It's not a concern that people can't express their own beliefs. No, it seems to be a concern that people will not have the license to impose their beliefs on others.

Our Shameful Reality

Imane Ait Daoud | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Imane Ait Daoud

It is shameful that we live in a world where marriage, modesty in dress and the practice of religion are policed by the government. It is shameful that we are so afraid of difference that we go to incredible extents as a community to persecute those who are different from us.

Despite Opening to U.S., The Castros Continue to Persecute Cuban Christians

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans should forthrightly encourage freedom in Cuba. Religious believers here should be particularly vocal in supporting people seeking to live out their faith under Communist oppression. Some day autocracy will give way to liberty even in Cuba.

Challenging the Impossibility of Coexistence

Paul G. Kist | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Paul G. Kist

While we would maintain our goal of helping persecuted minorities in the Middle East, we decided to open up our doors and invite artists and collaborators from all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities to participate in the making of this record.

As Brutality Against Christians Escalates, So Too Must Our Resolve

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Brian Levin, J.D.

One of the worst examples of under-covered hate is the escalation of attacks and the persecution of Christians, particularly outside of the United States, where thousands are routinely murdered and imprisoned, while their magnificent sacred churches are destroyed.

A Country Where Selling Books Is an Act of Terrorism

Ahmed Khan | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Imagine a local bookseller in the United States being arrested by the federal government in his own bookstore and being charged with a federal crime. His crime: the sale of books deemed hurtful or hateful to another religious group's beliefs. His punishment: eight years in prison.

Foreigners, Christmas, and Muslims -- The Gift of the Magi

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Peace at Christmas cannot be understood unless we remember the violence imposed on Jews living under the violent rule of the Romans.

The surreal upside-down world of the Islamic Republic of Iran: The ominous arrest of Mr. Navid Aghdasi

Payam Akhavan | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Payam Akhavan

(Photo of Navid Aghdasi) Imagine an upside-down world in which murderers enjoy impunity while those seeking justice are punished. Sadly, this surrea...

Outlawing Christmas in a 'Christian Nation'

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

If you feel uncomfortable wishing Merry Christmas to random individual who may celebrate the season in another way or not at all, be glad, at least, they you won't be fined five shillings every time you do so.

The War at Home: Four Ways Good Faith Can Help Defeat ISIS

David Briggs | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What much research proposes, and history also teaches, is that democracy flourishes when we start with the idea that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

Why Security Theater Isn't Keeping Us Safe

Samara Wolpe | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Samara Wolpe

If security theater makes you feel safe, that's completely fine. Even knowing all this, I still was grateful for the police's quick response. But for many, instead of creating a sense of safety, it instead promotes a fearful environment in which attacks are always on the horizon.

Don't Let The Debate over Genocide Sink Hope for Iraq's Christians

Daniel Williams | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Daniel Williams

Christian advocates are keen on getting recognition that the Christians faced genocide. They think it is the only way to get relief for Iraqi Christians, mainly through resettlement asylum outside the region. They are asking Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with them and hear their argument. It is sad that it has come to this.

The Refugees Who Came for Thanksgiving

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance - present and historical.

To My Mormon LGBT Brothers And Sisters: God Knows And Loves You

Mica McGriggs | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

Churches at their foundation operate as ministers, vehicles that deliver people to their healing, wholeness, liberation and salvation. What churches don't get to do is determine who enters the vehicle.

The Red Starbucks Cup Is Not Persecution

Heather Simpson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Heather Simpson

It doesn't make you Satan to purchase coffee from a place that doesn't celebrate Christmas, if that's even the point they are trying to make. News flash: Jesus died. You can handle a blank red cup. Stop looking for ways to be offended.

Screw The Laws, I Am Following My Conscience Instead

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

God's law trumps man's law. It is heartening to know that Mr. Santorum - and so many other Republican candidates for president - will not follow American laws in the Oval Office.

Actually, Kim Davis Is a Martyr. Here's Why.

Douglas Boin | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

How could the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign her name to same-sex marriage licenses possibly be equated with the men and women whose blood watered the seeds of the church? Well, Kim Davis is absolutely a "martyr" in one sense of the word.

Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.

Muslim Prisoners Say They Are Forced To Compromise Beliefs In Miami-Dade Prisons

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

Muslim inmates in facilities within the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department say they've been forced to eat food prohibited by ...

Even Norman Rockwell's Depiction of America Evolved With Changing Times

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Rockwell once gave us an idealized America, but he went on to provide illustrations of the difficult aspects of our nation, as well: racial conflict, civil rights, violence, poverty. Rockwell's America was complex and rich in its diversity. Kim Davis' America is an illusion.