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Religious Persecution

The Biggest Fuck You

Bob Weidman | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
Bob Weidman

It's refreshing that for once Jews aren't at the front of the line for rounding up and persecution. I don't often play the Jew card, but this time, ...

Needed: A Tolerant Islam Which Does Not Persecute Religious Minorities

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
Doug Bandow

Another Christmas has passed, to the disappointment of children around the world. Christmas is the holiest Christian holiday. But it also is an intern...

The Persecution Of Christians In The Middle East

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Unfortunately, given the turmoil in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic extremism, with few exceptions Christians and other minorities may no longer be able to live in harmony with their largely Muslim neighbors.

North Korea: The World's Worst Religious Persecutor

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.14.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Many governments persecute people of religious faith. However, one nation stands out: North Korea. Getting accurate information on the Democratic Pe...

(Religious) Liberty And Justice For All

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Dwayne Leslie

Ready or not, the 45th President of the United States will face some significant challenges abroad, many that have a connection to religious liberty.

Letter To The UN Secretary General On Rohingya Persecution In Myanmar

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

I am writing to you to express my deep concern over the fate of the Rohingya people of Myanmar. I am certain you are familiar with their extremely precarious situation, as we have seen them teetering on the edge of genocide since at least 2012.

Burqa, Miter, Cowl, Veil

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

"Apparel oft proclaims the man." --Polonius to Laertes, Hamlet It may be that both the burka and the bikini were devised by men as solutions to a m...

U.S. Should Provide Asylum To Pakistani Christians Stuck In Thailand

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.09.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Thailand is a prime tourist destination, a favorite for pleasure-seekers around the world. But that's not why nearly 10,000 Pakistanis have ended up in Bangkok, most of them living an underground existence in some of the city's poorer neighborhoods.

Pete's Dragon: A Christian Allegory?

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 08.22.2016 | Home
Danielle Tumminio

So there's this dragon -- a big, green dragon that defies all logic, and his name is Elliott. And then there's this boy, Pete, an orphan who's survived in the forest thanks to the dragon's care.

Thank You Elie Weisel

David Curry | Posted 07.05.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 01.03.2017 | Home

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 | Home
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 02.26.2017 | Home
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 02.15.2017 | Home
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 02.03.2017 | Home
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 01.26.2017 | Home
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 01.22.2017 | Home
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 01.08.2017 | Home
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 12.20.2016 | Home
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 12.18.2016 | Home
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 12.17.2016 | Home
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 12.15.2016 | Home
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 12.14.2016 | Home
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.