David Saperstein, US ambassador at-large for international religious freedom, has called on China to release Christian lawyer Zhang Kai, his assistant and other church figures who were taken away by authorities last month. [ more › ...
A religious freedom advocate looks at the factors that keep faith communities resilient in conflict. If you want to understand international affairs, you have to understand religion. One significant and threatening example: the ongoing campaigns by extremist groups like ISIS to gain power and terrorize their opposition based on religious ideology. Show More Summary
Although the Supreme Court recently acknowledged that same-sex civil marriages were an essential right in the United States, the religious non-profits’ tax status will not be retracted by the Internal Revenue Service. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, stated the decision... The post IRS Downplays Gay Marriage Religious Freedom Threats appeared first on.
A Sydney-based evangelist as well as the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, both recently condemned the crackdown on Christians under Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had promised better treatment of religious minorities before taking office, and called for the release of prisoners of conscience, including Iranian American pastor Saeed Abedini.
Speaking on a Thursday panel discussion on international religious freedoms at Georgetown University, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, asserted that although he thinks religion is not "inherently a good thing," the U.S. should do more to influence foreign governments into protecting the religious liberties of their citizens.
This post is part of the “Islam and International Order” symposium. The West’s cultural war over Islam has entered an intense new phase since the rise of the Islamic State. The debates are familiar: Is Islam inherently violent and intolerant, or is it peaceful, diverse and often the victim of Western domination? A good criterion […]
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 […]
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.
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-smoking church has been incorporated as a tax-exempt religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service according to the church's founder.
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
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 […]
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...
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.
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
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.
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 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.
It's David N. Saperstein, a Jewish rabbi, confirmed by the Senate last Friday.
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