Turkish gov’t is building a $100M mosque in Maryland

Arab elites push back political Islam

‘Some girls have been married 60 times by the time they turn 18′

Muslim Persecution of Christians: May, 2013

In Nervous Egypt, Killings Breed Sinister Theories

Ethiopia Sees Muslim Anti-government Protests

Eritrea punishes 39 Christians high school students for their faith

Bangladesh Court Voids Registration of Country’s Largest Islamic Party

Prayers for an Intrepid Priest Missing in Syria

Nigeria: Death Toll In Blasts In Christian Area 27

World leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution, Vladimir Putin says

Sectarian violence in Guinea; churches burned down

Al Qaeda group kidnaps Italian priest in Syria: activists

USCIRF Condemns Saudi Blasphemy Sentence

No Israelis in future Palestinian state, Abbas says

Harsh ‘Blasphemy’ Sentence as Saudi Arabia Continues to Evade US Religious Freedom Sanctions

Saudi blogger sentenced to jail term and 600 lashes for insulting Islam

Churches Bombed in Kano, Nigeria, Killing 45 People, Christian Leaders Say

Textbook Praises Islam, Denigrates Christianity

Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

Crackdown in Egypt Fans U.S. Fears

Egypt arrests more Islamists as EU official visits

America’s ‘stunning betrayal’ | The Nation

Eastern Orthodox Churches call for end to increasing persecution

    Interfax-religion: News about tortures and murders are coming from Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. In Kosovo, religious shrines are being defiled, many churches have been destroyed, and many people are deprived of the opportunity to visit the graves of their relatives and to pray to God in the land of their ancestors. The situation in the Middle East causes deep concern. Many countries of this region are swept with a wave of violence and terror, with Christians falling victims to it. Libya, where there are almost no Christians left, is breaking into warring tribes. Terrorist acts go on in Iraq, where one tenth of the former one and a half million Christians has left. The situation in Egypt is getting more and more alarming as the conflict there has entered into another bloody phase and the Christian population flees the country in a mass exodus


  • Posted: 07/26/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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In Egypt’s public squares, dueling definitions of democracy

Pastor’s Daughter in Nigeria Allegedly Kidnapped, Forced to Convert to Islam

Fuelled by a dangerous brew of faith, ethnicity and politics, a tit-for-tat conflict is escalating between two of Asia’s biggest religions

Obama celebrates Ramadan: ‘Islam has contributed to the character’ of US

America’s ‘stunning betrayal’: Leader of Nigeria’s Christians calls for U.S. intervention to end Boko Haram violence | World Magazine

Nigerian Christians Urge State Dept. to Label Boko Haram as Terrorist Group | Christian Post

Malaysia court quashes Hindu kids’ conversion to Islam

Franklin Graham: Why is Obama Silent as Iran Tortures American Pastor?

Rabbi Shot And Wounded In Russia’s Dagestan

Egyptian General Calls for Mass Demonstrations

Pakistan: Christian couple charged with blasphemy in Gojra

Polish minister asks Jews, Muslims to sue over ritual slaughter

Indiana Judge: Prison Must Allow Muslim Prayer Within 30 Days

Egypt: 6 Dead In Cairo University Clashes

USCIRF Calls On Ethiopia To Release 29 Muslim Protesters

More Christians In Pakistan Accused Of Sending ‘blasphemous’ Text Messages

Islamic And Secular Laws Clash In Nigeria’s Senate

Myanmar’s Radical Monk Blames Bombing On Muslims

Islam increasingly draws Latina converts

Dozens of Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

Egypt: Coptic leader suspends public audiences, fearful of violence

Court Dismisses Suit Alleging Dearborn Teachers Were Discriminated Against Because They Were Not Muslim

British Appeals Court Upholds Asylum Denial; Returning Boy To Be Circumcised and Rasied As Muslim Does Not Violate His Rights

Why religious freedom is inseparable from progress in the Middle East

    Andrew Doran at Washington Post: Christians, the largest religious minority in the Middle East, are now departing from their ancestral homelands in record numbers. The causes are many, but are principally related to the rise of extremism, persecution and the perception that Middle Eastern Christians ought to be associated with the West – despite the fact that most Western Christians are either unaware of their existence or feel no cultural bonds with them. It is a trend that Western policymakers should find troubling. Religious uniformity is the goal of the extremists, who wish to remake the Muslim world in the image of Saudi Arabia. With each Christian who is killed or driven out, they are a step closer.


  • Posted: 07/19/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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Pakistani Christian violently attacked for protecting his daughters

Uzbekistan: Pensioners owning Koran and Bibles fined over two years pension

    Forum 18: After coordinated police raids on four Protestant-owned homes in a village near Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent, two pensioners in their sixties and two other local Protestants had Christian and other literature seized from their homes, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. In late June, the four home-owners were fined a combined total of 230 times Uzbekistan’s official minimum monthly wage for having the Koran, Bibles, as well as other works including a non-religious book by American author Dale Carnegie.


  • Posted: 07/19/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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‘Madrassas are emptying’ for final US fighting season in Afghanistan

U.S. Ambassador to Egypt: “Muslim Brotherhood’s Lackey”

The Egyptian coup and the fate of political Islam | Imam Zaid Shakir at Aljazeera

Can Islam Embrace Religious Freedom? Can Religious Freedom Undermine Islamist Terrorism? Is the U.S. State Department Witless?

UC Regents Confirm Muslim Student To Board

Report: More Hispanic Women Converting to Islam

Malaysia: papal envoy voices regrets for uproar over using ‘Allah’

Attacks increase against Egyptian Christians (includes video)

Egypt: Charity head appeals for peace after sudden increase in attacks on Christians

Turkish and Arab political Islam ‘differ in secularism’

UK new curriculum revised to include Islam history

Egypt’s Brotherhood Rallies as U.S. Envoy Urges Dialogue

Abu Islam imprisoned for three years for insulting Christianity

Thousands of Islamists march for ousted Egyptian leader

Egypt’s Preferable Tyranny | George F. Will at Human Events

UK Police Investigate Explosion Near Mosque

Egypt: Christian families tell of losing their daughters

California: Saudi Princess free on $5 million bail; charged with trafficking

Polish Parliament Shuns Religious Animal Slaughter | AP

Turkey: Constitutional Court justifies more freedom of religion or belief restrictions

    Forum 18: Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to an 18 April decision of the Constitutional Court (Anayasa Mahkemesi – AYM) concerning the constitutionality of the controversial 2012 Education Reform Law. The decision goes much wider than simply the field of education in schools: it establishes new jurisprudence on “Turkish secularism” (laiklik). This has important implications for the protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in Turkey.


  • Posted: 07/12/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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Bishop warns: Egypt’s amended constitution is even more Islamist than the previous one

Egyptian Catholic Bishops: ‘Ousting of Morsi…a Joyous Day for Us Christians’

Russian Supreme Court upholds ban on Muslim headscarves in Stavropol schools (updated)

Egypt Escalates A Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood