U.S. Catholics Concerned About Persecution of Christians and Other Social Problems
Although 40 percent of American Catholics believe that there is severe persecution of Christians around the world, they rank this as less important than other human rights issues such as human trafficking, poverty, climate change and the refugee crisis.
January 12, 2018 •
Christian Women Suffer Discrimination for Faith and for Sex
A new report published by the global religious persecution watchdog organization Open Doors reveals Christian women face twice as much persecution as men.
November 29, 2017 •
“Red Wednesday” Colors The World in Recognition of Religious Martyrs
In Christianity, red is the color of martyrdom. For this reason on November 22, churches and public buildings around the world were lit up red in celebration of Red Wednesday —a day to honor and remember those killed or tortured for their religious beliefs.
November 16, 2017 •
USCIRF Explains Why it Urges the State Department to Include Russia and Pakistan on the Countries of Particular Concern List
In the annual report, released in April, USCIRF recommended that 16 countries be designated CPCs: Burma, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
November 9, 2017 •
For Scientology, History Repeats Itself Again in Hungary
On the 10th anniversary of the Church of Scientology receiving full religious recognition in Spain, World Religion News published an article on the Church ’s protracted legal battle in that country and parallels to the current situation in Hungary. Republished with permission of WRN.
November 2, 2017 •
CESNUR Calls Attention to the Plight of Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution
Statement published by CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) in commemoration of International Religous Freedom Day.
FECRIS Vice President Justifies Russian Repression of Jehovah’s Witnesses
In a statement so duplicitous it makes a mockery of credibility, Alexander Dvorkin, vice-president of the European antisect organization FECRIS, funded by the French government, claims that recent actions against innocent members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia were carried out to protect the h
Coalition of American Black Churches Sends Warning to Qatar
Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), has warned Qatar that his initiative, representing 15.7 million African Americans and 34,000 churches of 15 denominations “will not sit by quietly and allow” the persecution of the Christian community of Qatar.
Russia Flouts International Law in Threat to Draft Crimean Jehovah’s Witness into Army
Russia has come under renewed attack from human rights groups in the case of a Jehovah’s Witness in Russian-occupied Crimea, ordered by Russian authorities to prove he has renounced his faith or transferred to another religion deemed acceptable by the state or be drafted into the Russian Army.