September 27, 2020 •
The State of Native American Religious Freedom on Native American Day
“Although our nation professes to cherish its first amendment enshrined religious liberty, our society persistently denies this right to America’s original inhabitants. Historically, the religious persecution of American Indians is undisputed.“—John Rhodes, Montana Law Review
September 18, 2020 •
Jews Everywhere Welcome the New Year in the Year of the Coronavirus
As the sun sets around the globe September 18, 2020, Jews everywhere celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an eye to preventing a surge in COVID-19.
September 7, 2020 •
Survey Looks Into Interfaith Dialogue Among College Students
Study finds many college students are not gaining the skill and knowledge to navigate a religiously diverse country.
September 6, 2020 •
A New Normal in the Middle East?
Developments roll forward following the announcement August 15 of the “Abraham Accord,” that established diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel.
Religious Persecution Continues Unabated on International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
The day is observed August 22 in recognition of the importance of combating hate crimes, providing sufferers appropriate assistance and support, and encouraging interfaith dialogue.
Indiana University’s Chin Languages Research Project Provides Vital Information on the Pandemic to Burmese Christian Refugees
Thousands of members of the Christian Chin community who escaped severe religious persecution are now finding themselves as refugees in the United States contending with a different kind of menace: COVID-19.
Black Churches in Minneapolis Share Lessons With White Faith Leaders
The black pastor of a racially diverse Minneapolis congregation is mentoring ministers of white-majority churches on combating racial injustice and forging meaningful social change.
Mosque and Temple Under a Single Roof Underscore Religious Harmony Among Indian Troops
A moving photograph of a Hindu and Muslim soldier praying side by side under the same roof has gone viral on the internet in India, highlighting the diversity and harmony in the nation’s military at a time of grave religious tension in much of civil society.
“We Can Lift This World While Quarantined” — Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic
A book by Rosita Šorytė, Lithuanian diplomat and president of the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees, draws its title from the lyrics of a viral music video produced by Scientology Media Productions, the global media center of the Church of Scientology in Hollywood.
Sudan Outlaws Public Flogging and Torture and the Draconian Punishment of Apostates
Nearly two and a half months after Sudan banned the cultural practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), the government has announced new laws that ban torture and flogging and end the death penalty for apostasy.