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More Problems With The U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom

There is no question that in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, vulnerable religious communities are facing threats to their very survival or serious problems of discrimination. In situations such as these, the US Commission...Show More Summary

Why I Issued A Dissent To USCIRF's 2017 Annual Report

This week, nearing the end of four years of service as an Obama Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), I felt compelled to issue a public dissent to USCIRF’s 2017 Annual Report. While...Show More Summary

It’s Not Just Jehovah’s Witnesses: Before Ban, Russia Among Biggest Abusers of Religious Freedom

The U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom has designated Russia a "country of particular concern" for the first time.

U.S. Monitoring Western Europe Over Anti-Muslim, Anti-Jewish Discrimination

“The state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening," according to a U.S. government body.

Does the United States Belong on Persecution Lists?

Experts weigh in. Concerns over “constant attacks in the media” and believers being “marginalized through the law” led International Christian Concern to include America on its religious freedom Hall of Shame list for the first time. Should the US be included on such lists? Here’s how experts weighed in. Show More Summary

First scorecard on international religious freedom rates members of Congress

3 months agoNews : USAToday: News

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., earned the highest scores on a first-of-its kind report card for federal lawmakers o...        

Religious Freedom for Me but Not for Thee?

A conflict is brewing at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) over how the country’s largest protestant denomination will approach religious freedom. The SBC’s International Mission Board ( IMB ) and Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission...Show More Summary

International Religious Freedom – Why Does It Matter, Why Care?

Since 1993, successive U.S. Presidents have proclaimed January 16 as National Religious Freedom Day.

Obama Signs Bill Protecting Atheists And Humanists From Persecution 

It was an amendment to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

Obama Signs Law Protecting Atheists And Humanists From Religious Persecution

President Barack Obama signed on Friday a law amending the international religious freedom act to extend protections against persecution to people with non-religious beliefs. The religious freedom act, which originally provided protection...Show More Summary

America's Secular Community Just Won A Significant Legal Victory

President Obama signed an amendment to an important international religious freedom act on Friday, strengthening the United States’ commitment to promoting freedom of thought and religion as part of its foreign policy. HR 1150, the Frank R. Show More Summary

Congrats, Frank Wolf: Obama Approves Expansion of International Religious Freedom Act

IRFA modernization gives State Department new tools to protect Christians (and others) persecuted by ISIS. President Obama has approved legislation promoted by religious freedom advocates that should strengthen the United States’ effort to combat persecution of Christians and other faith minorities. The House of Representatives approved the Frank R. Show More Summary

Christian Persecution Rising as 75 Percent of World's Population Lacks Religious Freedom

Persecution of Christians is getting worse as up to 75 percent of the world's population now lives without religious freedom, European Union's special envoy Jan Figel said, marking the International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day this week.

Pastors Took Part In 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' Yesterday, Urging Repeal Of Johnson Amendment Proscribing Church Politicking

CNN, Pastors Take to Pulpit to Protest IRS Limits on Political Endorsements: Pastors across the country are taking to their pulpits this Sunday to protest an Internal Revenue Service law that they say limits their religious freedom. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is an initiative started in 2008 by the Alliance Defending...

Don't Play Politics With Syrian Christians

Elliott Abrams, a former Reagan and Bush Administration official and a former colleague on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), has written an article "The United States Bars Christian, Not Muslim, RefugeesShow More Summary

U.S. State Department Official Calls for Repeal of Blasphemy Laws Around the World

David Saperstein, an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, has an important, aggressive recommendation at the department's blog: Blasphemy laws around the world need to be abolished...

8 Countries Where Religious Freedom Is Actually Under Attack

9 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Religious freedom is a rare commodity in many regions of the world, according to the U.S. State Department’s latest International Religious Freedom Report. About 74 percent of the world’s population lives in countries “with serious restrictions...Show More Summary

Multinational Efforts to Advance Religious Freedom for All

Last month the Department of State hosted a meeting of the International Contact Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief (ICG).

The U.S. House Has Passed a Bill Protecting Atheists, Animal Slaughter, and Male Circumcision

A new bill designed to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 passed the U.S. House unanimously this week, and it will lead to some wonderful and horrendous changes. H.R. 1150 will offer extended protections to atheists,...Show More Summary

Iran Religious Persecution Increasing Despite Nuclear Deal, USCIRF Reports

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has found that religious minorities in Iran, including Christians, continue experiencing severe human rights abuses, closing in on one year on the historical nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and Western nations.

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