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Religious Persecution

Religious Persecution Makes Migrants Out Of Millions

Religion News Service | Brian Pellot | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday (July 28) that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list...

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Mean For You

Lea Grover | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Lea Grover

It's a dark day in American History. A day when all the non-Christians stood slack-jawed and shocked, amazed that now, their employer could dictate their lives beyond work based on some idea that their moral authority is better.

A "Call to Action" On Behalf of Middle East Christians Gets Fresh Impetus From Pope Francis

Joop Koopman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

There is new momentum to build on in the wake of Pope Francis's visit to Jordan and the Holy Land. The Pontiff raised the core issue at hand in no uncertain terms.

Iran Destroying Graves of Baha'is Executed for Teaching Sunday School Classes

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Baha'i cemeteries are routinely desecrated in Iran with the destruction of grave markers and the spraying of offensive graffiti.

Iran Should Demonstrate It Is Ready to Join the International Community by Ending Religious Persecution

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which would impede if not kill efforts to reach a final accord.

From Rejection to Redemption

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

Still, what kind of life do we live when we are filled with bitter resentment and refuse to move forward and embrace new opportunities?

Why are 5 Million 'Spies' Celebrating the First Day of Spring?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Arranging for so many 'secret agents', including Arctic Inuit and Kalahari tribes people, to celebrate "Naw Ruz", a holiday special to Iranians and other countries with historical ties to Persia, seems to be a bizarre way to commit sedition against a country.

I Left 'America' for Its Hatred of Muslims... This Is My Story

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

I often wondered why there was not a single Christian student, out of the thousands at Harvard, who had the moral integrity to tear down the hate stickers on campus -- hate stickers that openly attacked me for being Muslim.

Muslims Need to Speak Out Against Persecution

Imam Muhammad Musri | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
Imam Muhammad Musri

Unfortunately, because our many expressions of moral outrage don't fit the stereotype the media seeks, and because love and moderation are far less effective than hate and extremism in "selling" news, much of what we say never gets reported.

How Angola Almost Broke Pakistan's Record

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Though Angola's apparent ban on Islam turned out to be a false flag, it was not unprecedented by any means. We see similar, if not worse, treatment of religious minorities across the Muslim world.

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

'We Can Make Supporting the Suffering Church a Priority' -- and We Should!

Joop Koopman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

This month may well mark a milestone in the life of the US Church: on Nov. 11, in his final Presidential Address to the US Conference of Catholic Bish...

Release Pastor Abedini: Congress Puts Pressure On Iran

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Congress is pressing for the release of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran for his...

Holy Fire: Egyptian Christians Worship in Joy and Expectation

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

May people of faith around the world be inspired by the witness and faithfulness of Egyptian Christians. In thinking of Egypt, may we use the words from the statement of the Coptic Church as a prayer for peace:

Time for American Christians to Do Something About Persecution

Kerry Walters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

Discipleship demands stepping in to help those afflicted by injustice, and the ways in which Christians do so must be compatible with Jesus's ethic of nonviolence.

Lack of Effective Government Response to Anti-Muslim Violence Threatens Reforms in Burma

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Andrea Gittleman

Allowing massacres to go relatively unnoticed is inconsistent with developing a strong and peaceful democracy. The story of reform in Burma will depend on whether violence against minorities is appropriately addressed or whether it becomes a permanent feature of the national landscape.

Malaysia Expels Buddhist Tourists For Praying

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 08.22.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The government of Malaysia expelled a group of Singaporean tourists for chanting Buddhist prayers inside an Islamic prayer room where they erect...

Christian Convert Arrested In Iran For Distributing Bibles

Agence France Presse | | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion

An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country, the Vatican missionary news agency ...

Former Archbishop Tells 'Persecuted' British Christians To 'Grow Up'

Posted 08.16.2013 | Religion

Western Christians need to "grow up" and stop complaining of "persecution," said Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Edin...

Egyptian Christians Face Persecution From Islamists

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 08.09.2013 | Religion

ASSIUT, Egypt -- It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting "I...

Five Years Too Many -- The Renewed Assault on Baha'i Leaders in Iran

Anthony Vance | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Anthony Vance

Since the inception of the Baha'i Faith in Iran in the middle of the 19th century, Baha'is had been subjected to continuous discrimination, and, at times, brutal persecution. Though I was familiar with this history, in early 1980 I considered it to be largely a thing of the past.

Tehran's Fearful Muslim Fundamentalists: Religious Persecution in Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iran is Exhibit #1 for the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists gaining control of government. Iranian repression is increasing and the space available to regime opponents is diminishing.

Why Christians Need To Quit Whining About 'Freedom of Religion'

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The cry that "my freedoms are in jeopardy" just sounds like whining to the rest of the world when it comes from people who've historically occupied the cultural driver's seat.

The Climate For Muslims, After The Boston Bombings

Anya Cordell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Anya Cordell

In the wake of the Boston bombings, Muslim parents fear for their children at school. Muslim women are discussing whether it is necessary to "pass" (remove their headscarfs), to be safe. How many innocent people will be teased, harassed or assaulted?