(Photo credit: Wikipedia) The USCIRF 2013 annual report on religious freedom is out. Here’s a link to the 400 page analysis with a detailed ‘blow by blow’ country by country summary of violations in the past year. The 15 worst countries when it comes to intolerance and religious persecution are: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, [...]
Ten out of the 15 countries with the worst religious freedom abuses are Muslim nations, according to the recently released U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2013 Annual Report, which identifies the status of religious freedom throughout the world, and cites countries that are the least tolerant of religious freedom.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued a report highlighting those it calls the worst violators of religious freedom in the world. Among them are many Asian and Middle Eastern governments, although some Western European countries are also included. Read full article >>
Paul Marshall, Nina Shea, and Lela Gilbert take an ecumenical approach to fighting international persecution. P aul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea have long experience in drawing attention to the widespread and increasing hostility that religious believers face across the globe. Show More Summary
by Billy Ford, Senior Program Associate, International Religious Freedom and Cyrus Rassool, Program Associate, Regional Programs According to a 2012 Win-Gallup poll of some 50,000...
"The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is being sued for religious discrimination. And for good reason. The government watchdog agency was created in 1998 to officially promote and protect religious freedom abroad, but it actually suppresses religious freedom, rather than supporting it. Show More Summary
In December, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) posted on its website an encouraging call for the decriminalization of atheism in countries where nonbelievers suffer persecution, and I blogged about it here. Happily, the commission has one-upped itself.
Protests in Ethiopia could have profound ramifications for Muslim-state relations in Ethiopia and the international community, writes Alex Thurstonin the second of two posts on Ethiopia's Muslims.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has filed a lawsuit with the Internal Revenue Service that raises an interesting question. The group challenges the government’s different treatment of religious and non-religious non-for-profit organizations. Show More Summary
. A conference planned for October 3 - 6, 2013, in Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, organized by the Newport Historical Society, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University, the GeorgeShow More Summary
Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought 2012,” a report released this week by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). Read full article >>
Today is International Human Rights Day. On December 10, 1948, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights was adopted, with significant American influence, thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt and others. Senator Marco Rubio remembered the day in a...Show More Summary
Across the globe, religion and belief continue to matter deeply in the lives of people and their cultures. From worship to prayer, births to funerals, weddings to holy days, almsgiving to thanksgiving, religion is a central source of identity, meaning, and purpose for billions of human beings. Read full article >>
I've periodically commented here at Shadow Government on the issue of religious freedom, especially in he context of the Arab Awakening and the Obama administration's relatively weak commitment to an effective international religious freedom policy. Show More Summary
Our guest blogger is Elena Caple, intern with the Center for American Progress. Conservatives across the country continue to bemoan the alleged attack on their religious liberties. As Mitt Romney stated last February, “I don’t think we’ve seen, in the history of this country, the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance [...]
Speaking at a conference on the subject of international religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy Dolan described a “sense of urgency” in the world in light of recent events in Libya and Egypt that led to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher...Show More Summary
The religious discrimination complaint against the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom moves closer to trial.
The day after the U.S. ambassador was murdered in Libya, along with fellow consulate workers, a conference on international religious liberty was held at the Catholic University of America. “We come to this event with a sense of urgency,” Timothy Cardinal Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, opened the conference. Show More Summary
An Iranian pastor sentenced to death for his Christian beliefs was released from custody during a Saturday court proceeding, according to an international religious freedom organization. Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports that aShow More Summary
Religious liberty may not be a recognized Olympic event but in the game of life it is neither a trivial pursuit. The recent release of the U.S. Department of State annual report on international religious freedom underscores the importance this issue. Show More Summary