Religious Freedom

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January 24, 2012

[Ecumenical News International] Churches in India have decried the verdict of an Islamic court in Kashmir that ordered the expulsion of Christians, including a Protestant pastor and a Dutch Catholic missionary, and recommended government control of Christian schools.

“This is totally...

September 23, 2011

In a surprising rollercoaster of a day, 10 Muslim students –arrested for heckling the Israeli ambassador to the United States during a speech at the University of California's Irvine campus last year — on Sept. 23 were convicted, sentenced and said they will appeal the guilty verdict.

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September 19, 2011

The controversial trial of 10 Muslim students – arrested for heckling the Israeli ambassador during a campus speech last year at the University of California in Irvine – was coming to a close Sept. 19, but their supporters were just getting warmed up.

An overflow multiethnic, interfaith...

December 2, 2010

Pakistan's first and only female Anglican priest, the Rev. Jane Shaw, has warned that persecution of Christians in the country is prompting talented potential future church leaders to settle abroad.

Jane, who four years became the Church of Pakistan's only female presbyter-in-charge,...

October 19, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has deplored attempts by governments in Europe to prohibit Muslim women from publicly wearing the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body.

"Governments should have better things to do than ban the burqa," Williams, the leader of the worldwide...

September 15, 2010

The bishop of Amritsar has called on India's President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to protect Christians in northern India after a mob burned down the oldest school in Kashmir and also attacked other Christian institutions on Sept. 13.

The Church of North India's Bishop Pradeep Kumar...

September 7, 2010

How can anyone think that an act of hate and religious fanaticism -- the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- can somehow be redeemed by an act of intolerance and religious stupidity?

I have been trying to decide whether Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove Center in Gainesville, who is...

August 9, 2010

Churches throughout India have been urged to hoist black flags on Aug. 10 to protest against continued discrimination faced by Christian Dalits, people from low castes treated as untouchables.

The protest marks the 60th anniversary of the introduction of free education and reserved...

June 3, 2010

Support for the repeal of the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is gaining momentum. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill repealing the 17-year old law, followed closely by a vote of approval by the Senate Armed Service Committee just days later. It seems likely to...

March 17, 2010

Churches in India are calling for equality and justice for discriminated and marginalized communities in a Lenten campaign that has started in the world's second most populous nation.

It has a message that cites the words of Jesus in Mark's Gospel (15:34), who, when he had been crucified...

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