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Religious Persecution

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 surr...

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

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

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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.

After Meriam Ibrahim's Release, Why Are Two Christians Still Facing The Death Penalty In Sudan?

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Last year, a death penalty sentence slapped on a Sudanese doctor for refusing to renounce her Christian faith stirred international outrage and ...

GOP Rep Says Christians Are Persecuted in the US, Can't Give Examples

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At the South Carolina Freedom Summit, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 7) advocated State Department intervention when asked what role the United States should play in protecting Christians around the world.

Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?

5 Practical Ways to Help Persecuted Christians

Neal Samudre | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Neal Samudre

You see, many people attempt to stop persecution because it's the right thing to do, but not many people understand the struggles persecuted Christians are facing. There is a large divide between the American church and the persecuted church.

Report: Global Harassment Of Jews Has Reached A Seven-Year High

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

The number of countries where Jewish people are mistreated is at a seven-year high. According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of the wo...

Religious Persecution In Myanmar Persists Despite Reforms

Religion News Service | Mang Suan Kim | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) Despite democratic reforms and international pressure that have pushed Myanmar to improve its human rights record in recent year...

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Heartbreaking Christmas Letter

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

This Christmas marks the third year Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini has been separated from his family. Abedini, an American citizen, is currentlyservi...