January 12, 2021 •
French Anti-Extremism Legislation Threatens Religious Liberty According to Scholars
The French bill to combat religious practice deemed “contrary to the country’s republican values” is a constitutional minefield, according to a white paper issued by European scholars
In Memoriam: Andrea Han Jingtao, Underground Catholic Bishop in China
Bishop Andrea Han Jingtao, a leader in China’s underground Catholic Church, died December 30 at age 99.
Muslim and Jewish Leaders Protest EU Court Decision Banning Kosher and Halal Ritual Slaughter
Last month’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU outlaws the ritual slaughter called for in Muslim and Orthodox Jewish law.
12-Year-Old Christian Girl Freed After Forced to Convert to Islam and Wed Her Abductor
Acting under court orders, police in Pakistan rescued 12-year-old Farah Shaheen, a Christian girl, five months after she was kidnapped.
2020 Ends on High Note for Arkansas Neighborhood Where the Holidays Were Marred by Racism
A powerful instance of community harmony and unity unfolded in Arkansas just as the year was ending in the midst of the most subdued Christmas in living memory.
December 21, 2020 •
Do University Cuts to Religious Studies Programs Threaten Social Cohesion in Our Multireligious World?
A growing number of U.S. universities, struggling to cope with financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, are cutting academic programs on the study of religion.
December 21, 2020 •
Reparation Initiatives Gather Momentum in U.S. Churches
Across much of the United States, religious groups are taking offering reparations to African Americans.
December 17, 2020 •
Chicago’s Episcopal Diocese Elects First Black Female Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago made history December 12 by electing its first African American and first woman bishop, Rev. Paula E. Clark.
December 14, 2020 •
Hanukkah Candles Burn Bright Despite the Pandemic
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the celebration of Hanukkah, which began December 10 this year, throughout the world, the joy of the festival shines through.
December 10, 2020 •
Government Restrictions on Religion Reach Record High Worldwide
A report released by Pew Research Center last month shows that government restrictions on religion have been on the rise since the Center began tracking these statistics in 2007.