By Christian Van Gorder
As we approach the Easter holiday it is not only time to celebrate our faith but also to honor our sisters and brothers who risk so much to stand for their faith in many nations around the world. This past week when I read about Christian churches being attacked in Egypt I had to ask myself the same question that you might have asked yourself: Would I attend a church service if attending might cost me my life or the life of one of my children? This question is not a theoretical one in many places around the world and this should give all of us a deeper sense of perspective about how precious our faith really is for all of us.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/4/15/prison-credentials-a-reflection-for-easter-2017
By: Jeremy P. Barker
In the summer of 2014, ISIS captured international headlines when it became clear that the group was no longer simply concerned with fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Its objective was solidifying control of new territory in an attempt to create a so-called Islamic State and reinstate the caliphate.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/a-flicker-of-hope-implications-of-the-genocide-designation-for-religious-minorities-in-iraq
By: William Inboden
While all genocides are horrific and appalling, not all genocides take place in the same political circumstances. Some genocides result from a totalitarian despot’s absolute control of his territory during peacetime, thus enabling him (and thus far genocidal dictators have almost always been “hims”) to target for extermination a particular group of his subjects.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/to-stop-genocide-defeat-isis
By: Leah Farish
For the approximately 8,000 Christians living in Muslim-majority Morocco, restrictions on religious freedom are not as severe as in many other Muslim cultures, but are still an everyday source of instability, fear, and alienation. In recent interviews summarized below, Moroccan Christians spoke out about how this persecution severely limits not only their right to worship freely and openly, but also their ability to engage in economic activity and contribute to the social flourishing of their communities.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/how-do-you-survive-your-life-with-christ-moroccan-christians-speak
By: Alberto M. Fernandez
The horrific sectarian carnage in Syria and Iraq, with chauvinistic Shia regimes arrayed against suffering Sunni Arabs, has been a key element in attracting foreign fighters, which has in turn ramped up the vitriolic appeal of Salafi-jihadist groups like ISIS. That has translated into extreme action on the ground. Posing as defenders of an embattled Sunni Arab Islam, they seek to crush anything in their path different from themselves. The result is a rending of the region’s social and ethnic fabric not seen for a century, if not longer. The anti-Christian animus of ISIS has long-standing establishment enablers and is something that US foreign policy must confront if a more humane and tolerant region is to emerge.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/the-sayfo-continues