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Religious Minorities

In Defense of Christians

James Zogby | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

We have every reason to be concerned with the fate of the Christian communities of the Arab World. What is at stake is not just the survival of these important minorities; it is the future of the region, itself. Violent extremist groups like ISIS and their kin, pose an existential challenge not only to Christians, but to all Arabs and Muslims.

The Relay Race for Human Rights

Michael Møller | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Michael Møller

Human rights defenders are gladiators, some are also marathon runners, working tirelessly on their long run to expose human rights violations to the international community. But this work is not just a battle or a long run.

Jaweed Kaleem

The Life Of Non-Muslims In Islamic Pakistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

Members of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Karachi attend a Christmas service shortly after the nation's largest church opened in 2011. (AP Photo/Far...

Pakistan's Religious Minorities Under Attack

Mina Sohail | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Mina Sohail

In a country where even Sunni Muslims who do not conform to the majority's interpretation of Islam can be reckoned as minorities, Shias, Hindus, etc. face constant disparagement and persecution.

Hillary Clinton's Message: Lead With Values

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Katherine Marshall

Hillary Rodham Clinton bids farewell today to the State Department, where she has served with a stunning mix of skill and will. Listening with an overflow crowd, I left with three forceful messages and a lingering question.

Repealing The Ban Against Sikhs In The Military

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Sikhs have a rich history of military service across the globe. Meanwhile, U.S. policies still bar turbaned Sikhs from serving in the military.

Religious Intolerance on the Rise in Asia

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Religious intolerance in Asia is on the rise with more and more states falling foul of such acts. From Muslim extremism in Pakistan to Buddhist dominance in Sri Lanka, minority religions are finding themselves targeted.

Another 'Innocence Of Muslims' Casualty: The Media's Reliability

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

When the trumped-up passions of "Innocence of Muslims" cool, burnt-out buildings will be repaired, diplomatic dances will reboot. But who will stand up for the freedom to disbelieve, to criticize and to mock?

A (Possibly) Significant Development In Muslim-Christian Relations

Aaron Taylor | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Aaron Taylor

In July of 2012, the Islamic Society of North America convened a small multilateral forum of scholars in Mauritania to discuss challenges faced by religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities around the world.

Survey: Americans Overstate Size Of Religious Minorities

Religion News Service | Jeanie Groh | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion

(RNS) The typical American underestimates how many Protestants there are in the U.S., and vastly overestimates the number of religious minorities such...

The Future Of Religious Minorities In The Muslim World

Imam Mohamed Magid | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Imam Mohamed Magid

Much more work is needed to make this world safe for all people of faith, and it is my hope and prayer that religious leaders worldwide can take the lead in getting it done.

Rabbi: 'Hate Crimes Betrayal Of The Promise Of America'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion

(RNS) A group of interfaith leaders Thursday (Aug. 9) exhorted Americans to do more than pray for better times. Representing seven different faith ...

Amid Sikh Temple Shooting Tragedy, A Triumph Of American Values

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

For many Americans, embracing diversity of race, gender and religion is second nature. We take it for granted. But as a naturalized Muslim citizen, I wonder if a similar tragedy occurred against a minority in my homeland of Pakistan, would the authorities act so vigorously?

Syria's Christians, Caught in the Middle of Worsening Chaos

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

Members of Syria's diverse Christian communities are finding themselves engulfed in the fog of war and increasingly targeted.

Setting Up Triage in Syria: Strategies to Save a Struggling Nation's Minorities

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

The world must not allow the Syrian crisis to "play itself out," as some analysts have suggested: This threat to the country's minorities (many of whom are unarmed) is simply too great, and the consequences too severe, to play this sort of Russian roulette on a national-societal scale.

Failing Syria: Why the World Must Prepare Now for Assad's Fall and the Aftermath

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 02.09.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

What are the possible scenarios for a post-Assad Syria, in both the short- and long-terms, and how is the global community prepared to deal with them?

A Religious Minority In Moscow Prays Openly

AP | Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of Muslim men knelt shoulder-to-shoulder in prayer on the freezing streets of Moscow on Sunday to celebrate the relig...

Kazakh President Tightens Registration Rules for Religious Groups

AP | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 12.13.2011 | World

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's president on Thursday approved a bill tightening registration rules for religious groups that has been described by...

Israeli Ministry Targeting So-Called 'Sects' and 'Cults'

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Classifying religious groups into "religions" and "sects" violates religious human rights standards. It is impermissible and arbitrary for the government to confer benefits on groups it classifies as "religions."

Human Rights And Religious Freedom's 'In' Crowd

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Imbalances in representation and lack of diverse perspectives lead to skewed, erratic, and misguided U.S. foreign policies, leave alone the fact that scores of suffering humans are left without voice.

How Quickly We Forget

Pierre Whalon | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

On Monday last, I went to Charles de Gaulle airport with members of the AEMO to meet family members of people wounded in the October 31 attack on the Baghdad Cathedral.

A Journey Into Interfaith Engagement

David Ford | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
David Ford

The global interfaith challenge we face requires institutional creativity, conversation, collaboration and thorough theological work and education, locally, nationally and internationally.

Clinton Applauds U.N.'s Religious Freedom Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials praised a United Nations council for a new statement on religious freedom that s...

TSA, Airlines Tread Carefully On Religious Expression

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service Air travelers want to feel safe, and federal security officials want to make sure they actually are saf...

A Dark Day For America

Rabbi Gerald Serotta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Gerald Serotta

King's hearings lead our country down a dark and dangerous path of demonization that threatens all of what America stands for, that which has uniquely allowed us to thrive as a minority here.