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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

4 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.

2015 Saw A Decrease In Religious Freedom Around The World, Says Annual Report

7 months agoNews : The Two-Way

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says the refugee crisis, political strife, and economic dislocation all contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom last year.

Obama State Dept. Should Tell Truth About Iraq, Syria Religious Freedom Abuses, USCIRF Chair Robert P. George Says

United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein explained to members of Congress Tuesday why the State Department failed to designate Iraq and Syria in its recently released list of "countries of particular concern" for religious freedom.

U.S. Calls on Myanmar to End Abuse of Rohingya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedoms called on Myanmar's new government on Thursday to do away with abusive policies against the country's minority Rohingya Muslims. The U.S. Show More Summary

5 Questions for Anna Su on her new book "Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power"

Lauren Turek Anna Su is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. She is an expert on international human rights law, U.S. constitutional law, and law and religion, and has written several articles on religious freedom and American foreign policy making during the early twentieth century. Show More Summary

Eritrea Urged to Release Orthodox Patriarch Under House Arrest for 10 Years

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged the authoritarian government of Eritrea to release Patriarch Abune Antonio, who was illegally removed as head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church and remains in detention for 10 years.

Christian 'Genocide' Designation Wouldn't Affect US Response to ISIS, Religious Freedom Ambassador Says

The U.S. State Department's Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein argued Wednesday that calling the ISIS' atrocities against Christians "genocide" would make no difference in how the Obama administration is responding to the crisis.

Foreign Affairs Committee Wonders Why State Dept May Not Include Christians on Genocide Victim List

Earlier this month, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) asked the U.S. government to designate Christians,...

NGO: World Should Condemn Extremists Within New Saudi Anti-Terror Coalition

Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria director claims that the international community should be more critical of the new Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, which includes nations who incite sectarian and religious violence.

Is ISIS Guilty Of Carrying Out Genocide?

"This is not a time for us to be cautious or muted in our denunciation," Katrina Lantos Swett of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said. "It is a time for us to boldly declare that what they are doing is the worst of crimes and that is genocide." The post Is ISIS Guilty Of Carrying Out Genocide? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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

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