Category Archives: Global: Religious Liberty

Global Religious Freedom Issues

72 Assyrian Christian families captured, 50 besieged by IS after Syria attack

Syrian Kurds cut IS supply line near Iraq; fears for Christians mount

Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

On hating IS and loving people

RC Church backs NI conscience clause

World Christianity by the numbers

Italy and Vatican on guard after threat from Islamic State

Religious liberty in China: The key to a stable, peaceful, and harmonious order

    China US Focus: Christianity is thriving in China. Reports that there may be more religious believers than Communist Party members has made Beijing unsure how to respond. Beijing’s sensitivities to religion are well known. Government secular ideology sees religion as offering a competitive worldview to the hegemony of the Party, with legitimate fears that many Christians, especially Catholics, have loyalties beyond China’s borders. Religion brings people together in ways that might eventually influence politics.

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GNA Constitution mandates religious freedom – Sheihk Bonsu

Monitors: ISIL abducts 90 Assyrian Christians in Syria

President [of Sri Lanka] pledges to ensure religious freedom in the country

Evangelical Christians much more politically engaged than rest of the UK

Christian ethos school challenges Education Secretary

EU to probe Christian schools after humanist complaint

Islamic State pulls out of strategic town of Tel Afar

India secures release of Jesuit priest Fr Alexis Prem Kumar from captivity in Afghanistan

Report: ISIS just kidnapped a group of at least 90 Christians, including children

Italy fears ISIS invation from Libya

Turkey’s atheists and religious minorities join forces to protest religious instruction in schools

Hard truths about the survival of Christianity in the Middle East

A quiet death by a thousand cuts

Rights commission: ISIL committed 4 million violations in Iraq

Extremists warn Pakistani press club, saying Christian journalists spread their faith

Christian persecution in China may be slowing down, says monitoring group

From a private school in Cairo to ISIS killing fields in Syria (with video)

    The New York Times: Mr. Aly raised his son, Islam Yaken, in Heliopolis, a middle-class Cairo neighborhood with tended gardens and trendy coffee shops, and sent him to a private school, where he studied in French. As a young man, Mr. Yaken wanted to be a fitness instructor. He trained relentlessly, hoping that his effort would bring him success, girlfriends and wealth. But his goals never materialized. He left that life and found religion, extremism and, ultimately, his way into a photograph where he knelt beside a decapitated corpse on the killing fields of Syria, smiling.

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Iraqi Christians “don’t have much time left” says archbishop

Islamic State may be getting closer to Christian refugee area in Iraq

ISIS beheadings in Libya devastate an Egyptian village

Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State

Coptic Christians increasingly feel endangered in Libya and Egypt

What ISIS really wants

Frank Wolf calls for safe haven for Mideast Christians

CUs will be safe from ‘anti- terror’ plans, Govt pledges

‘Uncomfortable’ UK university students want Gideon Bibles removed from rooms

Islamic State carries out mass beheadings of Christians

Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video

Pope Francis condemns Islamic State’s executions of Christians in Libya

Young Brits reject religion, approve of atheist politicians

Chaldean bishops rally to defend Christians persecuted in Iraq

Christian homes bulldozed in Pakistan; human rights group suspects landgrabbing

Despite limits on liberty, Vietnam’s new cardinal-designate sees hope

Cautious optimism on religious freedom in Vietnam

Dawkins among atheists urging Irish PM to hold blasphemy law referendum

Al Qaeda supporters in Yemen pledge allegiance to Islamic State

‘Uncomfortable’ students call for ban on Bibles

Report: 20,000 ISIS supporters worldwide have flocked to Iraq, Syria to join terror group

Obama speech spurs India’s minority faiths to seek religious tolerance

Niger approves sending troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

US concern over diminishing religious freedom in India is justified say Indian Americans

Amid criticism, Nigeria postpones presidential election, citing ongoing violence by Boko Haram

Singapore megachurch founder Kong Hee on trial in religious freedom test case

Over 200 Christians arrested in India for protesting against attacks on churches

Politicians have a human right to sound racist, says equalities watchdog

“Hate speech is misusing freedom of speech”

Boko Haram kills dozens in rampage after Chad offensive

Nigerian forces take back four towns from Boko Haram

Much remains to be done, but Vatican-China relations may be improving

Legal expert shines light on religious liberty in the European courtroom

White House says Obama will ask Congress to authorize military force against ISIS

Asia Bibi’s family still in hiding five years after blasphemy accusations

In addition to children, Boko Haram is turning to animals to carry out its suicide bomb attacks

India bishop stresses need for Church to spread religious tolerance

We don’t take rights of Christians seriously enough, says Council of Europe

Over 60 churches hit by fighting in Ukraine, Russian Patriarch Kirill demands end of Christian persecution

How thousands of Icelanders suddenly started worshiping the Norse gods again

Religious leaders urged to sign declaration on freedom of expression

Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq — U.N.

Donbas and Crimea: new challenges for religious freedom in 2014

Christian minister claims she was told her Jesus car bumper stickers could invalidate her insurance policy

Obama decries hateful ideology after Jordanian pilot’s death

Holy See to UN: stop ignoring attacks on Christian women, girls

Catholics fear campaign of church attacks in India

The cost of leaving Islamic State: Death or jail

China’s Communist Party bans believers, doubles down on atheism

Latest attack in Lebanon sends message on IS endgame