International Religious Freedom Summit July 2021
The International Religious Freedom Summit is July 13-15 in Washington D.C. and it will also be available online.
For freedom: Protect those of faith in Egypt
Coptic Christians are still targeted in Egypt
Inside Pakistan's 'Conversion Factory' For Hindu Brides
A article on “Conversion factories,” - girls and young women vanishing from their homes, marrying and converting virtually overnight, and kept away from their family -- often by court order and with the backing of fanatical clerics.
Key Findings Regarding Christian Persecution in China for 2020
China’s ongoing persecution of Christians is not new news. But organizations such as ChinaAid keep us all up to date on the latest happenings. This is a summary of most recent China Aid report.
Demonstrations and killed in the 'Global Myanmar Spring Revolution’
Myanmar’s attack on freedom continues with the government targeting various minority faith communities and crushing dissidents in its attempts to divide and conquer.
United States Commission on Religious Freedom Annual Report on International Freedom 2021
Each year the United States Commission on Religious Freedom releases an Annual Report on International Freedom.
US Senator Tim Scott responds after racial slur trends on Twitter for hours
How is that those who are highly passionate about an issue become the perpetrators of it – in their response to Senator Scott those supposedly most concerned about racism show themselves to be viciously racist themselves.
Biden Administration reverses restrictions on using fetal tissue from abortions in research
Once again it is legal within the US to experiment with aborted fetal tissue and organs, a practice that had been stopped in 2019.
The Role of Parliamentarians in Combating Religious Persecution
I had the privilege recently participating in a webinar "The Role of Parliamentarians in Combating Religious Persecution" co-hosted by the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief and ADL's Task Force on Middle East.
How killer on drugs escaped French trial for anti-Semitic murder
Judges ruled that Kobili Traoré had been undergoing a "psychotic episode" at the time of the attack on his 65 year old neighbour and that his "discernment" had been "abolished". This is spite of a long history by the defendant of antisemitic behavior
Christian MP in Finland Supporting Biblical Marriage and Sexualtiy Charged with Hate Crimes
This isn’t hate speech, its opinion….. and it cant be criminalized in a society that allow free speech. This is intimidation at its finest. This should be covered by mainstream media but will not be.
French public TV cancels Joan of Arc film over conservative journalist’s involvement
A local director of the network saw the woman's name among the credits of the production, he decided to stop the project because she writes for a conservative weekly magazine,
Mubarak Bala in an undated photo. Courtesy photo
Global pressure mounts for Nigerian atheist’s release after year in detention
While ‘religious freedom’ is often associated with defending particular faith communities, to be truly realized it must pertain to everyone. That includes those who choose to hold no particular faith at all.
Canadian Court Empowers Police to ‘Do Anything Necessary’ to Disrupt Church, Find Pastor
Calgary Police and Alberta Health Services apply for and receive a secret warrant - “to use such reasonable force as they deem appropriate to gain access” to the building of the church led by Pastor Artur Pawlowski.
Judge denies gov’t request to close Canadian church that has defied coronavirus rules
A Canadian church will for now at least not have its doors closed to its faithful after a judge denied an Ontario Attorney General’s request to shut the church doors because it has stayed open contrary to draconian health rules.
Cult of Covid v. Gracelife Church
There has been a lot of interest in the case of James Coates and GraceLife church – here is a video that lays out the case that has been built by the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms, Coate’s legal represesntatives.
Washington Post slammed for tweeting 'very Catholic' Biden colliding with 'right-wing' bishops
I'm not aware that anyone has ever referred to Biden as ‘very Catholic’before. But if he is, as the Washington Post asserts, then anyone opposing him must be very ‘something else’, as in only ‘a rising groups of right wing’ bishops.
Dozens Killed In Stampede At Jewish Religious Festival In Israel
Sympathy for the victims at a religious festival in Israel where first mass religious gathering to be held legally since Israel lifted pandemic restrictions, was marred by a stampede that killed over 40 people.
Campaign Launched to Discredit Christian Groups in Nepal
In a ploy to revoke registration of Christian organizations and shrink their influence, Hindu extremists in Nepal have forged a document as if from Christian groups portraying them as seeking ethnic divisions to gain converts, sources said.
Christian pastor arrested for making 'homophobic statements' after preaching from the Bible
Elderly Christian pastor in London, England says he was treated 'shamefully' after being arrested for making 'homophobic statements' after preaching from the Bible.
Governments Don't Get a Pass on Violating Religious Freedom in a Pandemic
While the pandemic prevented our team from meeting in-person with victims of religious persecution, abusive governments around the world do not get a free pass to deny the fundamental right of freedom of religion or belief.
Protect religious symbols in African conflict zones
Religious sites, artifacts and symbols are often targeted by extremists in their attacks on other communities in order to weaken opposition.
Flagship Protestant colleges stripped of right to offer higher education in Russia
Russia is not letting up on its suppression of faith minority communities – at least three mainline Protestant seminaries have lost their accreditation in the last few months.
Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang
As mass detentions and surveillance dominate the lives of China’s Uyghurs and Kazakhs, a woman struggles to free herself.
Canadian Pastor Will Stay in Jail Until May Trial for Holding Church Services amid Pandemic
Albert government uses the courts to keep Pastor James Coates in prison for another 2 months over church meeting on Sundays. Slight overkill, so to speak???