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U.S. Ambassador Tweets Support of Holding “No Religious Beliefs” Worldwide, “Free of Persecution & Fear”

Last week, Rabbi David Saperstein tweeted this on International Religious Freedom Day: On Int'l #ReligiousFreedom Day, we affirm the right to hold no religious beliefs at all, and to do so free of persecution & fear. #humanismMaybe you're thinking "That's nice, but so what?"

'Unimaginable Horrors' Detailed in US Report on ISIS' Persecution of Christians

The U.S. Department of State has detailed in its International Religious Freedom report "unimaginable horrors" faced by Christians.

On Privileging Religion in International Relations - Reviewing Hurd's Beyond Religious Freedom

Lauren Turek Earlier this month, Michael Graziano penned the first in a series of three posts reviewing Elizabeth Shakman Hurd’s new book, Beyond Religious Freedom. This rigorous, compelling volume questions the recent efforts of U.S. Show More Summary

US Raps Russia Over Religious Freedom Amid New York Church Death

The US State Department has criticized Russia in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, a document that comes amid reports of a teenager beaten to death in a New York church.

Religious Persecution Exists Even in the US, Kerry Admits During Rollout of International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department Ambassador at-large for International Religious Liberty David Saperstein introduced on Wednesday the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report, which highlights the disturbing trends of religious martyr and persecution that occurred in every continent in the world.

US Urges Europe to Uphold Humane Treatment of Refugees

US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein said that Washington urges EU governments to uphold their obligations for humane treatment of refugees and ensure that individuals do not face harassment or discrimination on account of their Muslim faith.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Prosecute Shia, Other Religious Groups

The Saudi government did not recognize the freedom to practice publicly any non-Muslim religions, according to 2014 International Religious Freedom Report prepared by the US State Department.

US urges release of Christian lawyer detained in China

3 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

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 › ...

Persecuted, Abused, Displaced: The Christian Women Who Somehow Still Stand Strong

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

IRS Downplays Gay Marriage Religious Freedom Threats

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.

Christian Evangelist, USCIRF: Iran Under President Rouhani Cracking Down Hard on Churches

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.

'Religion Is Not Inherently a Good Thing' but Freedom of Religion Is 'Absolutely Awesome,' Says Democratic Congressman

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.

Are Muslim countries really unreceptive to religious freedom?

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 […]

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...

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