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Obama ignores Iran’s human right atrocities

Former deputy national security adviser, former member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and former senior director of the National Security Council for democracy, human rights, and international organizations Elliott Abrams — in other words, someone who knows a lot about human rights — reminds us: By law, the State Department is required to […]

Religious Freedom Is Key to Global Security, Robert P. George Says After Being Elected USCIRF Chairman

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom elected on Thursday as Chairman Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. George said that defending religious freedom around the world is a key element for global security.

Is it Clinton Cash—Or Saudi Hush Money?

Many of us applauded when President Bill Clinton signed the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998. That law—passed with broad bi-partisan support—established a U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Indiana's Marijuana Church Granted Tax-Exempt Status; Plans to Test Limits of Controversial Religious Freedom Law at First 'Worship' Service

Indiana's marijuana-smoking church has been incorporated as a tax-exempt religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service according to the church's founder.

USCIRF Issues Annual International Religious Freedom Report With a Peculiar Omission

Last week, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued its annual report documenting human rights violations globally. The report suffers from at least one peculiar omission. It left out prior analysis depicting persistent religious freedom abuses in Western Europe. Show More Summary

-Re: USCIRF 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2015 Annual Report on April 30. The report documents religious freedom violations around the world noting those countries in the last 12 months which were the most problematic when it comes to abusing religious liberty. A statement from USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett: “Not […]

The IRS Scandal, Day 726

Press Release, Judicial Watch Files FOIA Lawsuit on Behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom on IRS Investigations into Churches and Religious Groups: Alleges Internal Revenue Service is “unlawfully withholding records” Judicial Watch announced it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of...

USCIRF Report Shows Islamic Countries Are Worst Violators of Religious Freedom; 12 Muslim-Majority Nations Top the List

The annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.

Pope Francis Just Made New York's Rabbi Arthur Schneier A Papal Knight

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

NEW YORK (AP) - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood. Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue was honored Monday for his work on behalf of religious freedom and international peace. The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1IimP8P) says Schneier was knighted and made a member of the Papal Order of St. Show More Summary

Does Obama's 'Freedom of Worship' Hurt International Religious Freedoms?

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins argued that limiting religious freedom to "freedom of worship" in the United States has hurt efforts to advocate for religious freedom abroad.

US Leadership Needed to Stop ISIL Killing Christians - US Religious Group

The President of Christian Freedom International said that US President Barack Obama and his Western allies need to show leadership to thwart the Islamic State’s relentless killings of Christians.

Conservative Princeton Professor Robert P. George and Others Offer to Take 1,000 Lashes for Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Conservative Princeton University professor and vice chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Robert P. George along with six other advocates have offered to take 100 lashes each for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting his country's clerics.

The U.S. has an ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

It's David N. Saperstein, a Jewish rabbi, confirmed by the Senate last Friday.

Atheists Under Attack Worldwide Says International Report

According to a new report, The Freedom of Thought report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), atheists and humanists are increasingly being targeted around the world by religious and political leaders. The...Show More Summary

When Their Religion Restricts Our Rights

Logo of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I'm not a Republican, a libertarian, or a fiscal conservative. I have no issue with progressive taxes (e.g., capital gains, income, or property), although I do despise extremely regressive taxes such as Mississippi's sales tax on groceries. Show More Summary

IRS Would Lose in Court Battle Against Churches Over 'Pulpit Freedom,' Says NRB Head

Churches would win a case against the Internal Revenue Service if the government agency revokes their tax-exempt statuses for political speech, National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson predicted amid news that the IRS has agreed to investigate churches that engage in political talk..

-Obama Nominates Rabbi for Religious Freedom Ambassador

                               (Rabbi Saperstein:  US Department of Labor) President Obama has finally gotten around to replacing the United States Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. Rabbi David Saperstein is the first non-Christian to be nominated for that position which was vacated in October, 2013. Show More Summary

State Department Report: Displacement of Religious Minorities Hit Global High in 2013

The United States State Department International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 revealed some dire news about the state of religious tolerance in the world: with ongoing persecution in North Korea, Iran, China, Pakistan, and manyShow More Summary

President Obama Nominates Rabbi David Saperstein as Religious Freedom Ambassador, First Non-Christian Since Job Was Created

President Obama has nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to be the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom at the State Department, a position that has been vacant since late last year. The announcement on Monday also marks the first time that a non-Christian will hold the job, which was created in 1998.

U.S. Highlights Bahrain Sectarianism in New Religious Freedom Report

Today's State Department report on international religious freedom for 2013 is unlikely to heal the increasing rift between the U.S. government and Bahrain. In recent weeks tension has increased as the Bahrain regime expelled State Department...Show More Summary

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