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Religious Persecution

Christian Pastor Won't Be Executed, Iran Claims

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.15.2012 | Religion

An official from Iran has refuted claims of plans to execute imprisoned pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned for almost three years on ac...

Americans for Permanent War: Target Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington obviously is filled with ivory tower field marshals eager to send others off on glorious crusades. But unleashing death and destruction in Syria should not be viewed as just another policy option.

Santorum's Augustinian Theology

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

In the eyes of Augustine and his intellectual heirs, the concept of "liberty" was closely intertwined with free will. It is the classic theological question: If God is omniscient and omnipotent, can human beings truly be called free?

A Global War On Christians In The Muslim World?

John L. Esposito | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

In the 21st century, Muslims are strongly challenged to move beyond older notions of "tolerance" or "co-existence" to a higher level of religious pluralism based on mutual understanding and respect.

Why Evangelicals Must Defend Muslims

Skye Jethani | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

As Christians, we cannot demand that everyone share our beliefs. But we can demand that everyone share our freedom. For where this freedom exists, we can be sure that Christ will be lifted up.

Is Atheism The Solution To Religious Persecution In Egypt?

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Alexander Goerlach

In Europe, Christianity was able to adapt its complex theology and philosophy to modernity before sliding into oblivion. Today, moderate Islamic scholars and Muslim liberals are confronted with the same task.

An Ahmadi Muslim's Plea: Be My Voice

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Much needs to be done to effect a change on ground. I am hopeful that as a primary supporter of international religious freedom, the U.S. will continue to play a positive role to this end.

Reflections on a Visit to Germany

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.01.2011 | Travel
Diane Ravitch

Being Jewish is part of my identity. So, the question I asked myself as I packed for the trip was whether I could see Germany as it is now, not as the homeland of the Third Reich.

Convert Or Die

Qasim Rashid | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

While this letter specifically targets Ahmadi Muslims, lest we forget, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and even Atheists in Pakistan suffer similar systemic persecution.

Baha'i Holy Day Marred By Fresh Wave Of Persecutions In Iran

Rothwell Polk | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

The Bab foretold the coming of another Messenger of God Who would fulfill the prophetic expectations of all the world's religions. Baha'is believe this Promised One of all humankind is Baha'u'llah.

The Case Of The Disappearing Religious Freedom Report

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

As the issue of religious liberty appears to become more and more of a lost cause to the Obama Administration, the issue takes on a critically important role in the world.

Why America Needs An Ambassador For Religious Liberty

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Nearly 1 billion people need a voice, and Suzan Johnson Cook is that voice. But since the president made his nomination, the Senate has put it on hold.

Redeeming the Obama Administration's Record on Religious Liberty

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Religious liberty is the first freedom. If governments will not protect this most basic liberty of conscience, they are unlikely to protect political or civil freedoms.

Baha'is Press Case Of Relatives Imprisoned In Iran

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Baha'is is making the rounds in Washington in an effort to raise awareness ...

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 ...

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.

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.

How To Save The Christians Of The Middle East

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It is less and less disputable that we are in the presence of what can actually and accurately be termed mass persecution. Hard to imagine, since we are dealing with a religion that has long been dominant.

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...

Christians In Iraq Flee North Before Christmas

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

IRBIL, Iraq — They saw their brethren murdered during Mass and then were bombed in their homes as they mourned. Al-Qaida vowed to hunt them down...

"Ground Zero Mosque:" Politics of Fear and Persecution Assail American Character

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

What the GOP and the "ground zero mosque" detractors want you to believe is that the Americans at the Muslim cultural center are not Americans. Remember the Japanese internment camps?

Promoting Religious Liberty: Whither the Obama Administration?

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The Obama administration has talked much about increased engagement and improved outreach abroad. But it has neglected to offer effective support for one of the most important human rights, religious liberty.

Homaidan Al-Turki, Colorado Man Who Kept House Keeper As Slave, Has Conviction Upheld By Supreme Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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Protecting Refugees: an American Commitment and Tradition

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elisa Massimino

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, a landmark piece of legislation that changed the U.S. approach to refugee protection ...

EXCLUSIVE: Russian Human Rights Activists Face Spike In Death Threats (UPDATES)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

More than 50 percent of the Russian people believe that "ethnic minorities should be limited or expelled from the country," Alexander Verkhovsky told the HuffPost.