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
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
The U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom has designated Russia a "country of particular concern" for the first time.
“The state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening," according to a U.S. government body.
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
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...
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
Since 1993, successive U.S. Presidents have proclaimed January 16 as National Religious Freedom Day.
It was an amendment to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998
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
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
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
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.
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...
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
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...
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
Last month the Department of State hosted a meeting of the International Contact Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief (ICG).
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
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.